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Hi Friends,

On our September home page (a 4 Tree Month in a 2 Soil Year) we said:

".... This is a 4 Tree Month, in a 2 Soil Year, in a 3 Tree 9-Year cycle, in a 9 Fire 81-Year cycle. The cycle of support flows from Tree to Fire, and terminates in 2 Soil. Four Tree now overrules 2 Soil. Three Tree continues to overrule Soil, but this has been true all year. Some disruptions and disagreements on the global scene have been unavoidable.

In 4 Tree September, Tree now doubles its presence, yet 2 Soil has resumed its role as "most supported" and is strengthened. Who is in charge?

This is a very interesting combination of seasonal energy and ki; especially in temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Since the dawn of the 9 Ki New Year, on February 4, the monthly ki has either been supported by, supporting of, harmonious with, or controlled by the annual 2 Soil energy. In September and October, this is no longer the case.

The ki of the previous three months has produced a mood of stability and continuity, but now we return to a mood similar to that of the previous two years, 2014 & 2015. Two Soil's inclination towards stability and consistency will remain, but will be deeply challenged by overriding Tree energy. It is true that the 3 Tree ki of our current 9-Year cycle has been with us, all along. But now, with the appearance of 4 Tree as a monthly force, we can envision this as being just a bit 'too much' for annual 2 Soil. And so, stability will be reduced.

We will encounter a rising pitch of activity, on the international level. Gradually, at first, then building up and shaking free in October. On the negative side, this increases the capacity for war, terrorism and social disruption. On the positive side, this opens the way for new discoveries, inventions and other constructive developments that have been waning since 2 Soil entered the central square.

Seasonally, Tree's rising influence will be balanced by autumn's Metal ki, in temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. As Tree continues to heat up, the weather will proceed to cool down. A nice balance, but one that will likely not render all events docile. Along the equator and in the Southern Hemisphere, there will be no such counterbalance. Instead, Tree will be further propagated by the seasonal ki of early spring (3 Tree).

As individuals, we can promote those plans (2 Soil), ideas & activities (Tree) that are insightful, inventive and constructive. And work to reduce those that are not...."

September was fast paced and many high-tech developments & innovations came to the foreground. The sorriest example of social devastation was Aleppo, but we witnessed a rise in small, local disruptions as well. For example, weapons confiscated in public schools and school closings due to social media threats.

September 7-
On the threshold of the 4 Tree Month, newly discovered asteroid 2016 RB1 flew past Earth, only 25,000 miles above our planet's south pole. It didn't pass within the orbits of any communication or weather satellites, but it was close. Researchers say the space rock is 25 to 50 ft in diameter. As published by NASA, 2016 RB1 passed the Moon on Sept. 8th at a distance of approximately 179,000 miles--a rare double flyby. Projections indicate that 2016 RB1 will not crash into Earth anytime soon, but it does remind us that we need to get a better space detection system up and running. Asteroid 2016 RB1 was discovered on Sept. 5th, only two days before it grazed by Earth!

September 11-
The Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, a mosque once attended by the Pulse nightclub killer was torched by an arson. Authorities said it was unclear if there were any ties to the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

September 12-
The Russian - American brokered truce in Aleppo went into effect. By the 15th, the UN announced that Syria was blocking aid. By September 18, the cease fire was unraveling. On September 19, the Syrian regime declared the cease fire had ended. No food, water or medical supplies had been delivered to Aleppo. An aid convoy from the United Nations and the Syrian Red Crescent, consisting of more than 18 trucks, was hit by air-to-surface missiles as they headed for eastern Aleppo, killing 12 people and severely injuring several more. At the same time, Russia and Syria restarted heavy bombing raids on rebels in the city. In the days that followed, the people of Aleppo were pounded by Syrian and Russian air attacks without mercy.

September 14-
The Obama administration announced that it plans to accept at least 110,000 refugees from around the world in fiscal year 2017. This is an increase from 85,000 in fiscal year 2016, and 70,000 in the previous three years.

September 14-
A fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions began picking up Uber riders in a test program. Uber engineers sit in the driver's seat to maintain safety.

September 14-
GMO giants plan to combine. Bayer signed a deal worth almost $66 billion to buy Monsanto. If successful, the two will merge in 2017.

September 15-
The Chinese space laboratory Tiangong-2 ("Heavenly Palace 2") was launched. It is part of their Project 921-2 space station program. Its crew size is 2, with 30 days of life support resources, and it can be resupplied. Although much smaller than the International Space Station, it can be seen in the evening and morning sky. To find the correct dates and times for your location, create an account at Heavens Above.


September 17-
A pipe bomb partially exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey. It had been placed in a garbage can along the route of a charity run to benefit the Marine Corps. No one was injured. Later in the day, a device exploded in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, injuring more than two dozen people, and a second unexploded device was later recovered. The alleged bomber was later apprehended in a shootout with police. Officials say the 28-year-old is a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan.

September 28-
We are now living in a 400ppm CO2 world with levels unlikely to drop below the symbolic milestone in our lifetimes.

Details Here

Also in September-

Due to the Wells Fargo Bank debacle, Americans are now being warned to scrutinize our monthly statements -- not for fraud by individuals but for criminal behavior by our own banking institutions.

Shares of Deutsche Bank hit record lows. Since its peak in 2015, shares fell more than 65 percent and its market value fell from nearly $50 billion to about $16 billion. In September, Deutsche Bank was hit with billions in fines from the U.S. Justice Department. This has caused some speculation of another global meltdown, but most financial experts doubt that this is the case. If Deutsche Bank can negotiate its $14 billion settlement with the Justice Department to below $5 billion, it will likely survive with no need for intervention from the German government.

SpaceX's Elon Musk laid out plans for the colonization of Mars. He said the ship is expected to be underway by 2020 with the first flights happening as early as 2023. We are enthusiastic but question the optimistic schedule.

Secretary of State John Kerry stated that the US is considering direct military intervention in Syria, including the possibility of sending in ground troops. In return, Moscow warned that any U.S. attempt to stop its assault on Aleppo would lead to "frightening tectonic shifts in the Middle East."

This brings us to October 2016.

From Nameless - This Adobe Reader® (PDF) file may be shared freely.

SODIS® Flyer- describing a safe way to purify water in emergencies.

Articles Below:
'Precession of the Equinoxes' Link updated October, 2009.
'Arsenic in Our Food' updated November, 2013.
The Global Perspective is updated early every month.
Annual Commentary is updated every February.
9-Year Cycle Commentary is updated once every nine years.
New Links and other articles are updated as they arise.

Link- Nine Star Ki and the Precession of the Equinoxes

Link- Arsenic in Our Natural Food -- Facts and Options

This Month's Global Perspective
(October 8 through November 6)

This is a 3 Tree Month, in a 2 Soil Year, in a 3 Tree 9-Year cycle, in a 9 Fire 81-Year cycle. The cycle of support flows from Tree to Fire, and terminates in 2 Soil, thereby strengthening 2. But 3 Tree now doubly controls 2 Soil. The ki of the 3 Tree 9-Year cycle has overruled 2 Soil all year. Some disruptions and disagreements on the global scene have been unavoidable. Now it is a 3 Tree month as well.

This is a very interesting combination of seasonal energy and ki; especially in temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Since the dawn of the 9 Ki New Year, on February 4, the monthly ki has either been supported by, supporting of, harmonious with, or controlled by the annual 2 Soil energy. However, beginning in September, the monthly ki became Tree (challenging Soil). And, in October, Tree's overriding influence will be less subtle, more blunt.

Two Soil's mood of stability is diminished and will remain so until November.

Because of its antagonistic relationship with the annual ki and due to its very active nature, this second month of rising energy obviously increases the capacity for war, terrorism and social disruption. But there is so much more to this ki combination. Three Tree brings new ideas and inventiveness to more stable 2 Soil. It produces a mood of progress (3) in a time of stagnation (2). So, if this extra energy is utilized in a constructive and consistent way then much can be accomplished.

Regardless of the unusual warmth many of us experienced in the Northern Hemisphere, in September, the seasonal energy of autumn (Metal) will eventually produce a counterbalance to excessive Tree. However, this will not be the case along the equator and in the Southern Hemisphere, where the rising energy of spring (Tree) will further reinforce the very active qualities of the ki.

In 4 Tree September, we observed a very active set of events -- many of them disruptive. But we were also inspired by new concepts and breakthroughs that held the promise of a bright and interesting future. In 3 Tree October, we can expect more insights and disruptions at an even faster pace; in some cases almost as surprises. We can think of 4 Tree as a scientist -- connecting the dots and making discoveries. On the other hand, 3 Tree can be seen as a rugged pioneer -- forging ahead and making progress. This ki is less subtle than before. It is associated with the liver, rising energy and, in the extreme, anger.

What will become of the Syrian standoff? Not to mention the crazy, crazy American presidential campaign. And don't forget the surprises....

1 Waters- your outlook is favorable and doubly supported. Two Soils- will continue to be challenged by Tree and by karmic repercussions. Three Trees- time for your karmic checkup. Four Trees- now enter a two month period of more restrictive energy. 5 Soils- can receive support for their new ventures. Six Metals- will undergo a time of redirection and new possibilities. Sevens- must find balance amidst extremes. Eight Soils- this is more a time for reflection and learning, instead of decisive action. And 9 Fires- will unfold -- opening back into the world.

For more information, see your online forecast and our more detailed publications.

Do you see how stagnant, stable 2 Soil is sandwiched between 3 Tree? The ki of spring remains strong everywhere, until the Metal ki of autumn descends in the Northern Hemisphere. And even then there is new conflict as Metal jousts with Tree & Fire.

CycleKi NumberCharacteristicsNature
Monthly 3 Tree Rising Energy, Thunder Yang Opening Out
Annual 2 Soil Agreements, Preparation Accumulation
9 Year Cycle 3 Tree Rising Energy, Thunder Yang Opening Out
81 Year Cycle 9 Fire Illumination, Fortune, Chaos Kinetic Energy- Very Expansive

The cycle of support flows from Tree, to Fire, to 2 Soil, thereby empowering 2. But (again we wonder) how much energy can gentle 2 absorb before she shows signs of wear? The influence of the larger 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle continues to generate conditions that can be interesting, illuminating & entertaining but, in the extreme, are chaotic and explosive.

For more information on Nine Star Ki and the times, see our global predictions for the current Nine Year Cycle.

2016 is a Number 2 Black Soil Year

February 4th, 2016 through February 3rd, 2017 is a 2 Soil year. This ki is very different than the energy of the previous two years (4 Tree & 3 Tree). The transition into this annual house is more abrupt than is usual for a 9 Ki New Year. Because January is a 3 Tree Month in a 3 Tree Year, and February is a 2 Soil Month in a 2 Soil Year, the change in the monthly ki will reinforce the sudden change in mood.

Two Soil also differs from the larger 9-Year Cycle (3 Tree). Using 9 Star Ki, we see that 3 Tree controls Two Soil, whereas the ki relationships of the two previous years were harmonious. Now, there is discord between these cycles. Normally, this relationship would weaken 2 Soil and Tree energy would dominate most global events. However, the 9 Fire energy of the 81-Year Cycle provides strong support to 2 Soil, so 2 maintains a high degree of potency.

As the very active 3 Tree ki of the previous year fades, we enter a more sluggish time. Indeed, 2 Soil is a peaceful energy; associated with food, farming, education, reaching out, communication, forming alliances, reaching agreements, planning, preparation, accumulation and stagnation. While these attributes may not be the most attractive or exciting, they all provoke a relatively serene image. And they clearly illustrate the importance of 2 Soil. Where would we be without farming or education?

The energy of 2 Soil indicates success through thoughtful, steady progress, rather than quick, forceful action. Therefore, a consistent effort will be of far greater benefit than attempts to make giant leaps forward. Great headway can be made, but it's best to use a consistent approach, like a sculptor, chipping away on the stone, or the steady, cautious work of the bridge builder (careful planning, reaching out, connecting two shores). In fact, many famous spans were constructed in 2 Soil years.

Moreover, this is an important year to come to the table, to develop treaties and peaceful agreements. World leaders should always use diplomacy first. This year, even more so. This year it is critical to communicate and to forge new alliances. Better to bang tabletops at the United Nations than to resort to the battle field. Our vision should be for the long-term. Short, abrupt jabs at the problem will only generate future difficulties.

In oriental medicine, Two Soil is associated with the stomach, spleen and pancreas; especially the stomach. Looking at this, we see larger connections. The stomach goes back to food and agriculture. So, this is an important time to reduce world hunger and to make long-range preparations to eliminate starvation. Because the larger cycles are less inclined to support these matters, it is imperative that we act now, at the global and local levels. Against the larger backdrop of 9 Ki time, this year is a fleeting moment. Like all of the ki numbers, we must make constructive use of this energy while it is available.

Although 2 Soil is the ki of peace and consistency, it does not necessarily "play well with others". The energy-states of the larger cycles are more active. From time to time, these will intersect with 2 Soil in an unproductive way; creating forceful conditions within a framework that favors stability and order. In this case, 2 Soil can only take so much interference before the pattern of differing energies combusts, or falls to pieces; causing setbacks and quagmires.

Two Soil is no stranger to devastating weather, earthquakes and tsunamis.

The Ki Flow

From a greater perspective, we can review the passage of the years. I've advised our longtime readers & friends to see 2011 & 2012 (Metal years) as a "cooling off" phase in our new era of individual expression and responsibility, that began in June, 2005. As the Metal years closed, we had tangible proof that the role of the individual remains free and strong, even in dire circumstances. Look to the Arab Spring and to the exponential growth of social media.

We then traveled through the 2013 house of 5 Soil (karma, politics and control). Everything came under scrutiny -- to be studied, to be considered from all perspectives. For example, the nearly total gridlock in the American congress. In 2014 the world awakened. There were new discoveries and new avenues to pursue. New agendas. But hot spots around the world remained and there were basically two types. A struggle between personal rights and centralized control. And a clash between basic beliefs. It was in 2014 that we encountered the dark side of our new era of personal expression. We learned that if acts of constructive expression fail, then destructive expression can take root. Our initial enthusiasm faded as we realized that the global network of individuals could be pirated and used for hatred and war.

In 2015, we passed through a 3 Tree year within a 3 Tree nine-year cycle. The ki of 2015 was the essence of this contrast between construction and destruction. This isn't a coincidence. We entered the current 3 Tree nine-year cycle on February 4th, 2009. Since then, the mood of 3 Tree has occupied the global background – sustaining the ongoing course of events. Because 2015 was a 3 Tree year, the mood of the nine-year cycle was magnified. Even more than 2014, it was a time of rapid progress, great upheaval and angry outbursts.

2 Soil Research

Thursday, November 19, 1863 – 2 Soil month / 2 Soil Year / 2 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 2 Soil 81-Year Cycle.
Abraham Lincoln (born in a 2 Soil Month / 2 Soil Year) delivers the Gettysburg Address.

As usual, I have provided a list of previous 2 Soil years for you to explore. Also as usual, I've generally tried to avoid using battles, wars and other lethal events as examples. They are simply too depressing. Still, even when cherry-picking, a few ugly events were included. Where possible, the incidents have been placed in categories that reflect the various aspects of the ki.

Worrisome developments. Political scandal and controversy:

Invasion and weapons of mass destruction. Harmful decisions rooted in bad judgment. Politicians and rulers falling from grace.

Quagmire / Stagnation / Accumulation:

Normally the result of the worrisome developments above. Two Soil is often associated with peace yet, when a war or conflict is initiated, it is very difficult to end it in a 2 Soil year. Two Soil can be like getting caught in a spider's web. The greater the struggle, the greater the entanglement. And like the spider's web, this is also a time to accumulate funds, tools, plans and materials for future ventures.

Peace / Alliances:

As stated, 2 Soil is associated with peace. This is an excellent opportunity to forge alliances, to create treaties and for diplomacy. If peaceful negotiations are employed, entanglements are reduced or completely resolved.

New information / Learning:

New doors open wide, but usually through peaceful study and observation.

In the greater view, we must consider the larger cycles. We still occupy a 3 Tree 9-year cycle, within a 9 Fire 81-year cycle. Of all the numbers, 3 Tree overrides (controls) 2 Soil the most. Three Tree is robust, boisterous and pioneering. Two Soil is gentle, generally peaceful and seeks stability. So, we will sometimes encounter a struggle between anger and diplomacy, active exploration and quiet study, rising energy and stagnation. But 3 Tree supports (increases) 9 Fire and is therefore somewhat weakened. In the same way, 9 Fire increases 2 Soil. So, the mood of 2 Soil will be very strong.

You can research the raw information here, in the Wikipedia® "List of Years". Just remember that the ki-year begins on February 4th and extends through January of the following year.

[1863] [1890] [1899] [1908] [1917] [1926] [1935]
[1944] [1953] [1962] [1971] [1980] [1989] [1998] [2007]

Here are some previous 2 Soil years. Specific events and birth-dates are listed that illustrate the mood of 2 Soil. Many of the examples come from times that are also 2 Soil months. The majority of this information was gleaned from Wikipedia®, a superb online resource for studying 9 Star Ki's historical influence.

You will notice that 2 Soil supports peaceful outcomes but if the mood of peace is ignored or challenged, then the result is normally very tragic. Indeed, this is a time when wars either come to an end, or rage at fever pitch.

2007 (2 Soil Year / 4 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1998 (2 Soil Year / 5 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1989 (2 Soil Year / 6 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1980 (2 Soil Year / 7 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1971 (2 Soil Year / 8 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1962 (2 Soil Year / 9 Fire 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1953 (2 Soil Year / 1 Water 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1944 (2 Soil Year / 2 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1935 (2 Soil Year / 3 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1926 (2 Soil Year / 4 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1917 (2 Soil Year / 5 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1908 (2 Soil Year / 6 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1899 (2 Soil Year / 7 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1890 (2 Soil Year / 8 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1863 Archetype (2 Soil Year / 2 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 2 Soil 81-Year Cycle)

Some 2 Soil / 2 Soil Faces
Born in 2 Soil months, 2 Soil years.
Abe Lincoln

John Connally

Woody Allen

Jon Stewart

New Links

Updated in January 2016, to showcase Anette Cyran's Shiatsu practice in Lodève, France and for information on money and the 2016 presidential campaign.

Shiatsu for people and horses - by Anette Cyran in Lodève, France. Anette also practices in Paris and other locations.

"Over the last twenty years Shiatsu has been adapted and developed specifically for horses, mainly in America and England."

Money and the 2016 Presidential Election - A fascinating look at where each candidate's funds come from and what's been spent, to date. You can click on each person for details.

The Catlin Seaview Survey- Google is participating with the Catlin Seaview Survey in a five-year study of the effects of global warming in the world's coral reefs. They have posted "street views" of many reefs online.

The Art Hotel- is a wonderful blend of lodging, nature, community, gardening, food and, yes, of art. As the macrobiotic proprietors say, "We hijacked an impressive vintage hotel in Westport New Zealand and have rooms accessible for visitors."

You may want to pack your bags today.

Macrobiotics: Cooking with Linda Wemhoff -- A very nice and informative macro web site.

Got Mercury? -- To help you determine the amount of mercury in seafood.

The Bore Cycle -- A revolutionary, new and interesting connection for 9 Star Ki practitioners. Think sun, moon and tides.

the Non GMO Project - The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers. Our shared belief is that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified products, and our common mission is to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO choices.

9 Star Ki in Polish (and some good looking cats) -- Dziewiec Gwiazda Ki

Our Rice Pages - A pastime, for you, that is interesting, fun, beautiful, easy to do, and valuable for future generations.

Natural Health for Dogs and Cats - We want to continue to help your pets find a source of food that's safe to eat.

Only 20% of surfers actually make on-line purchases. Understandably, many folks feel uneasy about buying products "sight-unseen". To better serve you (and, hopefully, increase our sales!) we've created some web pages that illustrate the features and format of our "Annual Forecast" publication.

Nine Star Ki Annual Forecast - A SAMPLE OF OUR NEW 9 KI PUBLICATIONS.

Free Nine Star Ki software from Sonia Hirsch's site at Correcotia.com

The software is written in the Portuguese language but it's easy to use and interesting. We have not tested this on 64-bit platforms.

For more information just click here!

Free Nine Star Ki Excel Calculator developed and contribited by Noel Tan.

This Excel file coordinates the adult (annual birth) number with the annual ki, and coordinates the childhood (monthly birth) number with the monthly ki.

Slide the scrollbar to your birth month and year.
Determine your year and month star ki in the right column.
Select (lock-in) your year and month star ki in the middle column.
Non gray colored square shows which house your year star ki is in.
Gray circle shows which house your month star ki is in.


Click here for the file.

Nine Star Ki Toolbox. Using math to make quick calculations.
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