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Hi Friends,

On our January home page (a 3 Tree Month in a 3 Tree Year) we said:

".... This is clearly an ascending, active cycle, even in the Northern Hemisphere where it is winter. It's a rare alignment that won't arise again until April, 2096. The seasonal ki of winter (Water) supports 3 Tree; and Tree supports Fire. Although Water supports Tree, its yang influence will also serve to provide some level of balance. If for no other reason, winter weather makes people want to spend more time indoors and, thereby, reduces the potential for immediate civil disorder. Notice that we use the word 'immediate' because this same force that moves people indoors, together, creates the perfect conditions for developing plans in secrecy. This is a primary characteristic of the ki of Water, and a good example of how a seasonal energy truly represents its associated ki number (and vice versa).

In the Southern Hemisphere, conditions will be similar to the Northern Hemisphere, but with the ki of the summer season matching the ki of the 81-Year cycle (both 9 Fire) -- again with Tree supporting Fire.

December's expressive 4 Tree now gives way to January's forthright, more robust 3 Tree. Simply put, this interlude in time demands our attention. Look for new concepts, discoveries and initiatives. On the negative side, be on the lookout for sudden disruptions and activities stemming from anger; like violent demonstrations, riots and surprise attacks. But this ki alignment offers more than doom & gloom.

Three Tree is the ki of spring, early morning, of germination, rising energy, new beginnings, exploration, rapid progress and invention. Clearly, this alignment beckons our interest and hope but, like any adventure, we can expect bumps in the road or even setbacks. And because this abundance of Tree increases Fire, we should definitely consider 9's attributes, as well. From one end of the spectrum to the other, 9 Fire is fortunate, sunny, warm, entertaining, brilliant, superficial, expanding, chaotic, explosive.

So, the times will be active, multifaceted and (save for winter's mood of calm and secrecy) very apparent in our lives. When the month closes, we will embark in a new annual house -- a rather sudden change of mood.

Please continue to realize that we are all contributors. We are the guardians of peace, safety and stability in the world. Friends, let us proceed with the compassion and the intelligence that God gave us...."

Here are just a few of the many events that took place in this rapid fire month.

January 5- (3 Tree)
On the first day of the new month, President Obama issued an executive action that requires background checks on nearly all gun sales, supports faster and better sharing of mental health problems towards background checks and requires background checks for individuals who are already on the anti-terrorism No Fly list. Many right wing politicians, media outlets and lobbyists immediately slammed the president. Apparently, they would rather be bought by the NRA lobby and allow suspected terrorists to buy firearms freely, than protect a public who has been and still is 90%+ in favor of increased background checks.

January 5- (3 Tree & 9 Fire)
On the first day of this double 3 Tree month, North Korea announced that it had successfully carried out its first H-bomb test. "The first H-bomb test was successfully conducted at 10:00 (2030 ET) on Wednesday," North Korea's official KCNA news agency said. We doubt that this was a hydrogen bomb (fusion reaction) because, like previous fission bomb tests, the United States Geological Survey reported a 5.1 magnitude quake that would be more typical of a fission reaction. Still, North Korea's continued testing of nuclear weapons does not bode well for the planet, and neither does their belief that they can so easily fool a world that is technologically advanced enough to immediately see through their charade. Atomic sway of any kind, combined with such a high degree of ignorance, could lead to a huge mishap that would almost certainly end with the demise of millions of innocents in the last place intended. North Korea.

January 13- (3 Tree)
In the first two weeks of the month, the three main American stock markets each lost more than 11%.

January 16- (9 Fire)
At least 20 people died and others were taken hostage when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso.

January 17- (9 Fire)
Sanctions were lifted for Iran. They now have access to international markets and can legally sell oil. On the 18th, Iran freed four American "political prisoners".

January 19- (3 Tree & 9 Fire)
Speaking to the Radio Times (a British magazine similar to TV Guide ) Stephen Hawking warned the human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology becomes an ever greater threat to our existence.

Hawking's point being, the chances of disaster on planet Earth will rise to a near certainty in the next one to ten thousand years, but it will take longer than the 21st Century to set up colonies in space. “We will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period,” Hawking said.

He cited most of the threats humans now face come from advances in science and technology, such as nuclear war, genetically engineered viruses and global warming. “We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we must recognize the dangers and control them,” he added.

(For more information, see our link to The Three Tree 9-Year Cycle, below. We published it eight years ago but it's extremely similar to Hawking's comments. Are we as smart as Stephen Hawking? No way! Can we use 9 Star Ki as a tool to see ahead? Of course.)

January 20- (9 Fire)
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA announced that 2015 was by far the hottest year in 136 years of record keeping.

Global Warming

January 22- (3 Tree)
Five people were killed and two severely wounded in a school shooting in Saskatchewan, Canada. Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada, which has stricter gun laws than the United States. This is the country's worst school shooting in more than 26 years.

January's Weather- (3 Tree & 9 Fire)
A rare hurricane named Alex has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, marking the first such January post-hurricane-season storm since 1938. According to meteorologists, Alex is "only the fourth known storm to form in January since records began in 1851."

Later in the month a large portion of the eastern United States was buried by the snow of a single storm that shut down traffic and institutions in Kentucky, West Virginia, Washington DC and New York.

As the double 3 Tree month / year concluded, the World Health Organization issued a statement declaring that a surge in serious birth defects in South America was "strongly suspected" of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency. "We need to take action," WHO chief Margaret Chan told reporters in Geneva. When a pregnant woman contracts Zika, her child is likely born with Microcephaly -- an abnormally small head and brain. Nine Fire is associated with expansion, including epidemics and pandemics. Nine Fire is also associated with the head. The mosquitoes that spread the virus breed in stagnant pools of water. Stagnation is associated with 2 Soil.

As the new double 2 Soil month / year rolls in, the UN envoy for Syria declared the official start of peace negotiations in Switzerland aimed at charting a way out of the brutal and tangled civil war that has killed more than 260,000 people.

We aren't naive enough to expect immediate results but this event is an excellent expression of 2 Soil, and of how the new ki should be managed.

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
(February 4 through March 5)

This is a 2 Soil 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, further increasing the double 2 Soil ki. The mood is very different than the previous month and year.

The 9 Star Ki New Year falls upon February 4th, instead of January 1st, giving us the opportunity to say this twice-a-year:


Because we move from 3 Tree month & year to 2 Soil month & year, the change in mood will be evident. Look for changes in the weather and international events.

Because this is the New Year and because the monthly and annual ki are the same, the majority of this month's discussion is located in the new annual commentary (see below). But, before we move on, here's a summary of what the ki holds in store for you.

1 Waters- can expect more of the same, but with a broader, richer outlook. Some of your efforts will begin to bear fruit. Other projects will suggest a brighter future. Two Soils- have your decisions, actions and plans been constructive and balanced? You're about to find out. Three Trees- will move away from your insights and experiences in the house of karma, but should use a little extra caution until you get the hang of your new surroundings. Four Trees- will move into warmer, more pleasurable climes. More to your liking but some restrictions will still apply. 5 Soils- can now move in bold new directions, especially if you have a clear plan. Six Metals-will enter warmer climes, as well. Perhaps a bit too warm for your liking. Keep a level head amidst the chaos. Sevens- use some caution. You're heading into your most favored ki, but some changes could be abrupt as Fire fizzles and Water suddenly dominates. Eight Soils- Congratulations. Welcome back to a position of support. You are now stronger from your journey. And 9 Fires- Hah! Pay attention to the new road ahead and enjoy the adventure.

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

Welcome to the global house of late-summer, and the serendipity of a Dog Day afternoon.

CycleKi NumberCharacteristicsNature
Monthly 2 Soil Agreements, Preparation Accumulation
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

A sudden change in the mood. Time to sit down, to come together, to reach agreements. No single faction or group holds the entire key. Realize. The ki says "war is over". If you now persist, you must go alone, by the testament of D-Day, Gettysburg and Wounded Knee. 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.

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.
Click here for details.

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