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Hi Friends,

On our May home page (a 2 Soil Month in a 3 Tree Year) we said:

".... Two Soil generates stagnation. Like its seasonal energy, late summer, it produces a mood that is calm, steady and normally un-noteworthy. It is a time for friendship and planning, rather than one of bold, decisive action. Consider the 'dog days' of summer.

Normally, we would expect this time to be peaceful and without surprise. But, when we take the larger cycles into account, we see a clear difference; a friction. Three Tree is anything but "calm, steady and un-noteworthy". In fact, 3 Tree is the embodiment of active, concerted energy. What then can we expect, when these two diverse components collide?

First, it is important to understand that Tree overrides Soil. Furthermore, stagnant, calm 2 Soil is most easily affected by Tree's rising power. So, in general, we can anticipate more of the same. As during previous months, 3 will be the prevalent ki on the world scene.

However, for a clear understanding, we must go deeper. Note that the ki flows from Tree to Fire to Soil -- strengthening 2 Soil. Even though 3 Tree is the dominant partner, 2 Soil's influence will still play a role. As the ki of stagnation, 2 will tend to create obstacles by "bogging down" the rate of active progress. The definition of 'quagmire' is "a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot". In other words, a muddy swamp. Now, imagine a horse cart (3 Tree) trying to make rapid progress in a quagmire (2 Soil).

At the expense of extra energy and caution, the horse can continue. But, if too much force is blindly applied, then serious setbacks can occur. If you don't believe this, study the timeline of the American Civil War from a '9 Ki' point of view.

Every coin has two sides. In some cases, this "slowing down" could generate some extra time to achieve solutions before an event gets out of hand.

Fortunately, the guidelines are clear for peacemakers. If the process is moving in a positive direction, leave it alone. Let it grow. If progress is being made in a destructive or harmful direction, then add a 'pinch of 2 Soil' by bringing it to everyone's attention, by providing a helpful hand, offering constructive criticism, defining alternative measures and, most of all, through education.*

* Stagnation involves accumulation, including the accumulation of knowledge.

Do not apply excessive force, from either the 2 Soil or the 3 Tree point of reference. Success through patience, communication, consistency and optimism...."

A good example of "slowing down", of this mood of stagnation was exhibited by the unfortunate cycling accident in the French Alps in which US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg. As a result, he had to cancel both a trip to Spain and his attendance at an international meeting in Paris concerning ISIL. The timing could also affect the June deadline for the Iran nuclear deal. Kerry is a 3 Tree individual and, so, occupies the position of 5 Soil (politics, karma) this year.

Serious quagmire- In May, the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIL as a superior number of Iraqi troops retreated. To some authorities, the fall of Ramadi demonstrated the "profound weakness" of the Iraqi armed forces. However, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds unit, has said the U.S. didn't do a "damn thing" to stop the extremists' advance on Ramadi. The government in Baghdad has reacted by sending in the Revolutionary Guard to retake the city, creating a concern that the Shia troops could mistreat the predominantly Sunni population. ISIL currently controls a major dam in Ramadi and can close the gates -- a potential humanitarian crisis that could play out in June (1 Water month).

Accumulation- As first reported in May, in the “Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2014 Obesity Rankings,” the national incidence of obesity was 27.7 percent in 2014, up from 27.1 percent in 2013 and significantly above the 25.5 percent recorded in 2008. The state with the lowest incidence of obesity is Hawaii. The highest, Mississippi.

Stagnation affects transportation- The May 12 Amtrak crash near Philadelphia, a serious roller coaster crash in Alton Towers theme park near Manchester UK, a series of false bomb threats against US flights, including five in one day and the terrible capsizing of the cruise ship Eastern Star, with more than 450 people aboard, during a storm on the Yangtze River. The first solar power attempt to fly around the world experienced a setback on it's final, and longest, segment between China and Hawaii. Stormy weather caused the solar craft to layover in Japan. Also, someone began shooting people at random on Colorado highways.

Stagnating weather patterns- In May there was extensive flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, due to heavy rains. Also a heat wave in India so severe that a city street melted. As first reported last February (5 Soil- karma), when the UK, the US and Australia experienced prolonged, extreme weather, Rutgers University cited that Climate Change in the Artic is slowing the jet stream. This in turn causes weather patterns to stall over a specific location creating sustained heat, or cold or rain or snow.

Two Soil is also the ki of friendship and alliances. Perhaps the best example of this, in May 2015, was the spontaneous gathering of people to save a person trapped under a bus.

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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.

Hi Folks,

The petition, below, was made by a trusted friend, Dean Dennis, who has campaigned for many years to improve the quality of our residential fire detection systems.

He learned of a serious defect in our smoke alarms, in a tragic way. In April 2003, his daughter, Andrea, was one of the students who perished in the Ohio State University fire. Dean wanted to know why. His research concluded that, unlike photoelectric detectors, ionization smoke alarms are very poor at detecting the early stages of a fire. So, people in a house with ionization alarms aren't aware of a fire until it's often too late; especially if they are sleeping.

Since 2003, Dean has worked with many, many agencies and authorities. If you live in the tri-state area, most of you have seen him on the local news. He isn't looking for our pity. In fact, that's the last thing he wants. He's simply trying to make everyone's life safer -- including our own. If he succeeds, he will save thousands.

Several months ago, I attended a phone conference between Dean, a Boston fireman who supports him, and representatives of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC had arranged the call. From the detailed evidence presented, I personally concluded that:

1) Ionization smoke alarms are practically worthless. That you may as well nail a Frisbee to your ceiling and call it a smoke detector.

2) The CPSC was unwilling to take immediate steps to resolve this extremely serious safety issue.

I hope you'll consider visiting the very informative Change.org link below and signing his online petition; especially if you're a U.S. citizen. The link includes some shocking proof that will be of interest. Dean is scheduled to appear before the Consumer Product Safety Commission again, on June 24th, so this is an urgent matter.

You are welcome to forward this information to your family & friends.

Petition- Ionization Smoke Alarms


Wayne Weber - Blooming Grove

Link- Nine Star Ki and the Precession of the Equinoxes

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

This Month's Global Perspective
(June 6 through July 6)

This is a 1 Water Month, in a 3 Tree Year, in a 3 Tree 9-Year cycle, in a 9 Fire 81-Year cycle. The cycle of support flows from 1 Water to 3 Tree and terminates in 9 Fire. As in 2014, we have a Tree year within a 3 Tree 9-Year cycle. Boisterous, active, progressive Tree energy will charge the mood of the times, especially during Tree months. (March, April, December & January.)

As we have advised in the past, it is important to understand water-nature. When we occupy the 1 Water position, tangible, material goods and equipment become devalued. They tend to break or become more difficult to manage. There is a tendency for communications to faulter, leading to misunderstandings and weakened alliances. Water is associated with depth and darkness. It is the ki of midnight and winter. In the winter, it's easier to slip and fall. It's harder to start your car. But, it's also a time to seek warmth and to draw closer together.

Like the winter months, 1 Water is a time for quiet reflection and introspection. As progress in the material world slows, spiritual and religious matters become more important. Where verbal articulation falls short, intuition takes over.

This month, it is important for world governments to reflect before taking decisive action. Like opening holiday gifts, surprises can appear; rising to the surface from the depths. Therefore, we should exercise a little extra caution when dealing with the unknown; including the new ground that is covered in any venture or initiative.

Because Water now supports the annual ki and the ki of the 9-Year cycle (both 3 Tree), most events will remain forceful and active. And since 3 Tree supports the 9 Fire 81-Year cycle, the mood will remain generally upbeat and bright. So, poignant, gloomy moments will tend to pass like clouds. However, should a surprise or misunderstanding be large enough to have lasting influence, then this pattern can affect the larger cycles. Like a chain reaction, miscommunication, secrecy, stealth, misunderstandings (Water) can provoke anger, fast responses, rising energy (Tree) that results in rapid expansion, chaos or explosion (Fire). In the Northern Hemisphere, this potential will be magnified by the seasonal energy (summer- Fire).

As a hopeful counterbalance -- In and of itself, 1 Water controls 9 Fire but, in this case, only if it is used wisely, by emphasizing 1 Water's deep, abiding reflective, philosophical and spiritual nature. At this time, it is also beneficial to study the details of a problem, in order to arrive at the best possible solution.

Events to watch for in June-


The Iran nuclear negotiations deadline.

A fantastic 3 Tree pioneering event that includes 1 Water's mood of mystery, depth, cold and darkness. The New Horizons close-approach to Pluto. Close observations will begin in June (1 Water) and peak on July 14 (9 Fire) with a low flyby.


1 Waters- time for your karmic checkup. Two Soils- will find comfort through clarity and organization. Three Trees- can study the aspects of their lifelong feelings and emotions. Four Trees- can make gentle improvements. 5 Soils- can have a very enjoyable time if they remain practical. Six Metals- can make potent inner changes. Seven Metals- can receive and seek support. Eights- can make mild progress. And 9 Fires- will encounter moments of hope and inspiration.

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

Welcome summer.

CycleKi NumberCharacteristicsNature
Monthly 1 Water Darkness, Spirituality, Dissipation Potential Energy- Hidden Strength
Annual 3 Tree Rising Energy, Thunder Yang Opening Out
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 1 Water to 3 Tree and terminates in 9 Fire.

The influence of the larger 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle continues to generate conditions that are interesting, illuminating & entertaining, but also chaotic and potentially explosive.

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

2015 is a Number 3 Green Tree Year

The Year

Number 3 Light Green Tree is the ki of new beginnings, early spring, rising energy, the east, sunrise and thunder. As such, it actuates all phenomena that are associated with birth (animal kingdom), sprouting (vegetable kingdom), invention, fresh starts and active progress. It can be visualized as a tightly wound spiral, opening out, like a spring under tension that has just been released. It is the sound of a shout, or the boastful thunder of the first spring rain.

As we will see during the course of the year, 3 Tree is a force to be reckoned with. Very progressive – the way is fast and focused. It moves with a sequence of rapid discharges; like the master of an ox cart, urging the team forward with a series of shouts and prods. It is too late for cautious preparation. If portions of the road are unfinished, the way becomes difficult but the journey goes on. If the road comes to an end, the journey becomes an adventure.

This rugged, pioneering energy state can produce very constructive results. But in the extreme 3 can generate problems, as one can imagine. This is especially true if the present course of action becomes shaky when few alternatives are available. For example, a war could begin if diplomacy fails. In this case, those involved must be very creative to arrive at a positive solution. It is interesting that 7 Metal (joy, creativity) controls 3 Tree – yet 7 can also become emotional, so there is no guarantee.

Three Tree is the ki of the liver. The liver is dense (yang) but it is also by far the largest gland in the human body (yin). This fits in well with the image of the tightly wound spiral (yang) opening out (yin). In traditional Japanese healing, the liver is associated with anger – rising energy. A shout begins within and quickly expands beyond (moving from yang to yin).

You can't keep 3 Tree bottled up. The key to success is to channel this potent energy into positive, constructive activity. Healthy 3 Tree individuals are active, outgoing and have many interests. They are generally thin and very often tall, like a tree. If for any reason their native tree qualities are inhibited, they may quickly become overweight. All ventures, adventures, procedures and processes that are underway are engaged in the 3 Tree energy state. There are no exceptions. An architect may sit at the drawing board for weeks. People may live happily in the resulting home for years. But, the actual construction of the house is 3 Tree. When we consider all of the houses, highways, factories – all the resulting artifacts of humanity – we can appreciate this ki of new beginnings, rising energy, sunrise and thunder. Still, we should consider the important roles that good planning, creativity, ongoing attention & management play.

Tree is good at bending with the wind but there must be options. Bending too far in only one direction will eventually fail, sometimes with disastrous results.

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.

Now, we are engaged in a 3 Tree year within a 3 Tree nine-year cycle. The ki of 2015 is 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. Now that it's also a 3 Tree year, everything cranks up a notch.

As in 2014, we can anticipate a time of rapid progress, great upheaval and angry outbursts, but that was a mild preview. Consider this – Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are both 3 Tree individuals. The good news is, the world has occupied the 3 Tree nine-year cycle for the past six years. By now, we have a fairly good understanding of how to work with this ki. We know we can expect sudden surprises but we also know how to deal with the immediate results. Still, in my opinion, 2015 will be one wild year. Remain attentive and hold on tight.

3 Tree Research

January 17, 1773 – Captain Cook in HMS Resolution becomes the first European explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle.
3 Tree month / 3 Tree Year / 3 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 3 Tree 81-Year Cycle.

As usual, I have provided a list of previous 3 Tree 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 3 Tree events were included. Where possible, the incidents have been placed in categories that reflect the various aspects of the ki.

Pioneering / Exploration:

One known example will be the 2015 New Horizons fly-by of Pluto, but please don't limit this category to travel. It also includes scientific, artistic, medical and all forms of pioneering.


This includes new and interesting things to do but it's important to consider global progress. We can all take part in supporting peaceful initiatives.

New Ideas / Invention:

This is another way to express the pioneering attitude.

Rising Up / New Beginnings / Birth / Germination / Renewal:

A catch-all expression of the mood of the times.

Tree / rising energy is associated with the liver meridian and anger:

Watch for uneven events due to bull-headed actions void of diplomacy.

Tree supports Fire:

This is an important one. Double 3 Tree supports 9 Fire doubly. Fire is the ki of summer, brilliance, entertainment and fortunate outcomes, but excess Fire expands rapidly and is potentially chaotic and very explosive. We also occupy a 9 Fire 81-year cycle (beginning in 1955), which explains a lot.

What Usually isn't Listed:

If you study the 3 Tree years, you will find a fair degree of capsized & burning boats, earthquakes, powerful storms -- numerous military coups, annexations and regime changes. Also events associated with large bridges.

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.

[1907] [1916] [1925] [1934] [1943] [1952]
[1961] [1970] [1979] [1988] [1997] [2006]

Here are some previous 3 Tree years. Specific events are listed, along with attributes that illustrate the mood of 3 Tree. The majority of this information was gleaned from Wikipedia®, a superb online resource for studying 9 Star Ki's historical influence.

2006 (3 Tree Year / 4 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1997 (3 Tree Year / 5 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1988 (3 Tree Year / 6 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1979 (3 Tree Year / 7 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1970 (3 Tree Year / 8 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1961 (3 Tree Year / 9 Fire 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1952 (3 Tree Year / 1 Water 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1943 (3 Tree Year / 2 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1934 (3 Tree Year / 3 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1925 (3 Tree Year / 4 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1916 (3 Tree Year / 5 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1907 (3 Tree Year / 6 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

3 Tree Archetypes
Born in 3 Tree Months, in 3 Tree Years

Jane Goodall was born in a 3 Tree year but, technically, two days prior
to a 3 Tree month. Still, her feminine reflection of Ian Richardson's
masculine image is interesting. Links are provided instead of pictures
due to possible copyright infringement in Ian Richardson's case.

Jane Goodall- April 3, 1934
Ian Richardson- April 7, 1934

New Links

Updated in July 2014, to showcase the Art Hotel. We think this is one of the most impressive macrobiotic destinations on the planet. It makes me feel better just to surf their web site.

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.
Click here for details.

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