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A Network of Friends- April 2016 (Expanding Fire, Rising Soil)



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Hi Friends,

On our March home page (a 1 Water Month in a 2 Soil Year) we said:

".... This is a 1 Water 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 1 Water to Tree to Fire, and terminates in 2, thereby strengthening 2 Soil. However, the combined ki exhibits a number of antagonistic relationships too (1 over 9, 3 over 2, and 2 over 1). Expect some disruptions and disagreements on the global scene.

Looking strictly at the monthly and annual ki, we see a change from last month's mood. There will be less stagnation but the path will also become darker, more unsure. One Water adds depth and character to 2 Soil's more superficial, idealistic attitude. The global outlook becomes less bright and this could reduce the desire to reach peaceful agreements. So, peace initiatives from the previous month can falter while still in their infancy. There is also a greater chance for miscommunications, misunderstandings and a desire or need for secrecy. This can breed mistrust or sudden attacks by the use of liquids (such as the use of chlorine, as Israel alleged against Syria in February; and in similar events exactly 9 years ago, and assaults from the sea or by liquid explosives).

Look for attacks or accidents at sea or nearby water.

Every ki combination can be put to constructive use, and this is certainly no exception. The positive potential of this 1-2 combination vastly outweighs the elements of darkness and insecurity. One Water's depth adds a larger, more spiritual dimension to the global scene. We can utilize the present energy states by taking the time to pause; to "resize" our values and our vision on a greater scale, and then to share our feelings and observations. World leaders should think before they act and communicate clearly. Because the ki of Water is associated with midnight and winter, we can make a conscious effort to be bright and warm. This is a good opportunity to remember how vast the universe is, and how small is our Earth. That it is a miracle to exist, at all, and that we have the opportunity to help others improve their quality of life and longevity. To recall how brief our lives are and to, therefore, become supportive and warm against the cold...."


1 Water Events
In March, El Niño caused widespread destruction in the western and southern US. There were record floods in Texas and Louisiana due to over 14 inches of rainfall – stemming from a stalled low pressure cell over northern Mexico. Matters were even worse in Zimbabwe, where El Niño has amplified a food crisis in which four million people don’t have enough to eat. And that number could grow.

Japan's whaling fleet returned to port on March 24 from Antarctica waters, after a one year pause, with a take of 333 whales. 103 were males, 230 were females, and 90% of the mature females were pregnant. Japan continues to cite their whaling as "research" but the meat ends up in markets.

On March 24, 1 Water Radovan Karadžic (b. 19 June 1945) was convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 40 years in prison for ethnic cleansing, the siege of Sarajevo and the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. Karadžic occupied the 4 Tree annual position (fruition) and the second half of 5 Soil for the month (negative karmic repercussions).


2 Soil Events
Russia is pulling most but not all of their troops from Syria.

The president of Cuba, Raúl Castro, welcomed Obama on his visit, and called for an end to the U.S. embargo and to the presence in Guantanamo. After the historic meeting, the Rolling Stones performed a free concert in Havana.


Combined Ki
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly bombings in Brussels on March 22, killing at least 31 people and wounding 316, at the main international airport and in a subway station at the heart of the city, near the headquarters of the European Union.

In the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists wrote that the rate of carbon emissions is higher now than at any other time on millions of years. The last time carbon emissions were higher was when the dinosaurs went extinct, 66 million years ago.


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
(April 5 through May 4)


This is a 9 Fire 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 3 Tree to 9 Fire, and terminates in 2 Soil, thereby strengthening 2 Soil. There are now fewer uneven ki relationships than in March. Three Tree continues to overrule 2 Soil, but this will be true all year. Expect some disruptions and disagreements on the global scene.

Nine Fire supports illumination, new experiences and entertainment. In and of itself, 9 is a wonderful number. We humans are quite literally defined by fire. We began using it at our own dawntime. Since then, fire has been perhaps our most prized tool; but only when we maintained conscious control. For untold millennia, we have used fire to cook our food and to protect us from the winter's cold but, uncontrolled, it has brought down countless homes, villages and nations.

Of interest, 2 Soil is associated with the southwest direction. Because this is a 2 Soil year, there will be a special focus on the southwestern areas of continents and other land masses. If you look at a map or globe, you'll notice that many of these locations are desert areas; the most obvious being the southwest sections of North America, Africa and Asia (including the Middle East).

As the previous month closed, Syrian and Russian forces were taking back the world heritage site, Palmyra, from ISIL while the USA, Kurds and Iraqis attempted to retake Mosul. If you review the 2016 annual commentary, below, you'll find that 2 Soil years and larger 2 Soil cycles support military and political quagmires. Two Soil stagnation promotes alliances, agreements, treaties and peace; therefore military action often leads to a destructive stalemate. We should be wary of this, especially now that 9 Fire presides by the month and by the 81-Year cycle. This poses the obvious question. What other global hot spots could flare up?

So, what kind of events does this 2 Soil / 9 Fire combination promote? Nine Fire supports amusing and entertaining moments, superficial and spontaneous behavior, expansion (pandemic, drought, war), actual fire and even explosion. Two Soil bolsters friendship, mutual plans, sharing and as we've mentioned, peace, stagnation and quagmire. Look for examples of these in April.

Just as real fire is the hallmark-tool of humankind, 9 Star Ki was developed to be utilized as a tool. It defines the mood of the times, then suggests ways to bolster the positive aspects and reduce potential hazards. April 2016 will provide an opportunity to see if we have mastered Fire, or if Fire has become the master.


1 Waters- will continue to encounter hopeful signs and will now receive some well-founded support. Two Soils- your path will open up. Look for emotional karmic connections. Three Trees- if you remain organized, mild changes will bring on pleasant improvements. Four Trees- will appreciate the warmer climate. 5 Soils- should be watchful for sudden downturns. Six Metals- will receive warm support but won't completely escape from long-term challenges. Sevens- will be compelled to maintain order. Eight Soils- should continue to remain consistent, even when pulled in several directions. And 9 Fires- will be reminded that all entitlement is not theirs.

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




In the Northern Hemisphere, events heat up with the advent of Spring. Mostly warm, expansive and well received. Too much energy, in isolated hot-spots, can spill over into surrounding regions. In other words, geopolitically balanced areas will normally do well -- unbalanced areas become or remain chaotic.

CycleKi NumberCharacteristicsNature
Monthly 9 Fire Illumination, Fortune, Chaos Kinetic Energy- Very Expansive
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 3 Tree, to double-9 Fire, to 2 Soil; making both 9 & 2 the predominant ki. The influence of the larger 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle continues to generate conditions that can be interesting, illuminating & entertaining but, in the extreme, 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.

DOES NOT WORK CORRECTLY ON ALL PLATFORMS
BUT CONTAINS NO MALWARE OR SECURITY THREATS

Click here for the file.



Nine Star Ki Toolbox. Using math to make quick calculations.
Click here for details.



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