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Hi Friends,

On our February home page (a 5 Soil Month in a 3 Tree Year) we said:

".... This month, the spotlight is on the new annual ki. Please see the 2015 commentary below. But in brief, February's 5 Soil ki provides a good introduction to the year. Five is the ki of karma, control and politics. It is a time to remain alert, to watch and to learn. A new annual house is born and we can observe new events as they take shape and begin to unfold. This is an opportunity to adjust with the mood of the times; especially in the realms of history, government and military & economic control.

We can diagnose the wellbeing of global locations, such as Ukraine, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the Mid-East. And we can start getting used to new surprises (3 Tree) when they suddenly arise. We can look for events that stem from 3 Tree, such as angry outbursts, new initiatives, rapid progress and exploration. Best of all, we can begin anew, peacefully and with great expectations.

For more information about the new global ki, please study the annual commentary....."

It was an adjustment phase. Changing times. Eight Soil (the ki of change) yielded some interesting observations. Number 8 is associated with the northeast direction and, in February, completed the annual transition from 9 Fire (brilliance, summer) to 1 Water (darkness, winter). The northeastern United States received an onslaught of record breaking cold and snow. Meanwhile, 7 Metal transitioned to the annual house of 9 Fire. Seven is associated with the west, where it has been warm and mostly dry.

This is a fascinating natural alignment of the new annual ki. Although billions of dollars have been lost due to extreme ice and snow, it may very well be that the real loss will occur in the western USA, in 2015. With the west (7 Metal) in the 9 Fire / summer position and the southwest (2 Soil) in 4 Tree / late spring, the current drought could endure. Still, there is "summer rain" and we wish so for our western neighbors.


Good News was reported by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Japan announced having destroyed its entire stockpile of cluster munitions. As a State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Japan had until August 1, 2018 to finish destroying its stocks. The task was completed way ahead of their deadline. Congratulations, omedetou gozaimasu!

With this important accomplishment, Japan joins the United Kingdom, Denmark, Chile, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ecuador, Austria, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden in having destroyed their entire stockpiles of cluster munitions, ensuring these horrible weapons can never be used again.

The uneasy, off and on ceasefire in Ukraine offered meager hope. Some of the population, on both sides, were able to relocate beyond harm's way but it is doubtful that the relative calm will last. Of course, this is a serious situation but now especially so, in this 3 Tree year.

Five Soil February was a political, karmic month. Two television personalities were scrutinized for dishonesty. On February 4, Five Soil NBC anchor Brian Williams apologized for citing that, in Iraq, a military helicopter he was traveling in had been "forced down after being hit by an RPG." On February 19, Six Metal FOX commentator Bill O'Reilly, met similar challenges concerning fabrications of his experiences in South America. In the interest of journalism, Mr. Williams was relieved of his NBC position.

Another 5 Soil event - ISIS destroyed ancient Assyrian statues in Mosul museum. A karmic echo of the February 2001 destruction of the famous Buddhist Bamiyan Statues by the Taliban. The reasons were the same -- to obliterate all graven images. The problem is, the Taliban used American currency in 2001, and ISIS has demanded ransom payments in American dollars. That's correct. They have no problem with pockets filled with graven images of dead presidents. Karma on karma, the Taliban lost control of Afghanistan two years later. Now, ISIS may have cast themselves a similar fate in stone. To be clear, there isn't some voodoo curse in the statues -- it's the degree of personal arrogance that would drive a person to destroy helpless lives, Islamic mosques and, now, timeless art.

Another trend to study in 2015 - In February, Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout but with a poll showing that only 21 percent of Germans back an extension for Greece. Three Tree can be hard on finances.

February was a relatively quiet month. Now the mood cranks up a notch.


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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
(March 6 through April 4)


This is a 4 Tree 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 3 Tree to 4 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.)

Welcome to March. The first of the Tree months, this 3 Tree year, 3 Tree 9-Year cycle. Tree is the ki of spring (3 Tree early spring / 4 Tree late spring) the most active time of year. Spring breaks free of winter's dormancy and culminates in summer (9 Fire). The ki flow and the seasonal energy now travel along the same vector, pointing to Fire. Temperate locations in the Northern Hemisphere will transition from late winter (8 Soil) to early spring (3 Tree) by mid-March. So, the seasonal ki will also exude the Tree energy state. This is a very potent combination.

Abundant Tree will support 9 Fire, the ki of brilliance, superficiality and, in the extreme, chaos. Fire events often have fortunate outcomes but, like actual fire, they can spread quickly and, under certain constraints, can become explosive. You can envision this ki combination as a huge stack of wood feeding a bonfire. As the seasonal energy warms, and we progress further into two consecutive months of Tree, Fire will become more prevalent. In the Southern Hemisphere, early autumn (7 Metal) will provide a degree of balance but not enough to generate control.

This is a troublesome situation. As noted in the annual commentary, below, Tree / rising energy is associated with the liver meridian and anger. If we now include Fire's superficiality, it's easy to see how conditions can quickly deteriorate into a battle or an attack. Watch for uneven events due to bull-headed actions void of diplomacy.

Every coin has two sides. Four Tree is the ki of technology, trade and romance. Three Tree is pioneering, inventive and promotes progress and new beginnings. Fire is the ki of entertainment and, as we have said, fortunate outcomes. So, many events will be power packed, interesting, inspiring and illuminating.

In February, we had an opportunity to adjust to the new annual ki, but I think March will be the first indoctrination of the true mood of 2015. Prepare for a wild ride.


1 Waters- your annual ki says "go" but the monthly ki says "no". Patience. Two Soils- time for another rocket trip. Prioritize. Streamline activities. Three Trees- can reflect on technical & romantic repercussions. Four Trees- time for your karmic checkup (just for a month, this time). 5 Soils- can be creative (but meet your obligations). Six Metals- can finalize important plans for the near future. Seven Metals- changing circumstances raise your visibility. Eights- you can strike a balance. Choose the middle way. And 9 Fires- can reflect on your deepest goals. Your dreams.

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




A wild season. An adventure.

CycleKi NumberCharacteristicsNature
Monthly 4 Tree Fruition, Branching Expansive
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 3 Tree to 4 Tree and terminates in 9 Fire. This is a very active but unbalanced combination. The influence of the larger 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle continues to generate conditions that can be interesting, illuminating & entertaining but are, 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.



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.


Progress:

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 Half Right Angle Rule - suggests that the planets in our Solar System rotate and revolve in 8 basic directional relationships, similar to the principles of Feng Shui, 9 Star Ki directionology, and 9 Star Ki (the "9th star" being the axis of rotation).


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.


World Hunger Map -- A gentle reminder that, despite the financial downturn, most of us are doing very well. A gentle reminder about who remains in desperate need and who they are depending on.


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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