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Hi Friends,

On our October home page (a 6 Metal Month in a 3 Tree Year) we said:

".... This is a 6 Metal 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 9 Fire, thereby strengthening Fire. Being controlled by Fire and controlling 3, 6 Metal is not within the support cycle. Instead, 6's presence produces an antagonistic, sometimes uneasy mood, as 7 Metal did in September....

.... In September, events began to cool down; especially in the Northern Hemisphere, with the onset of autumn. Three Tree's forceful, active nature was somewhat subdued by 7 Metal.

Now, we can anticipate the situation to further condense, to cool down. We'll see a continuation of last month's theme "What has been improved will tend to remain improved and problem areas will tend to continue along a destructive path". Six Metal tends to lock conditions in, resisting the capacity to change.

Once every three years, the months September and October are Metal months, matching the seasonal ki in the Northern Hemisphere. This is such a year; therefore, the 9 Ki energy will further bolster this mood of unyielding, cooling, consolidation. Like the progression of the autumn season, this mood will intensify as time passes and we move from 7 Metal (September) into 6 Metal (October). As stated, this has both positive and negative points. Metal also interacts with the larger annual, 9-Year and 81-Year cycles in beneficial and detrimental ways.

As stated last month: On one side of the coin, Metal introduces a pleasant sense of stability and organization that increases as time progresses. On the flip-side, we see that this mood of continuity is challenged by the combined ki. This month, most disruptions will be minor and can be resolved with just a little effort. However, should the tension between Metal and Tree, or Fire and Metal, become too strong, some areas could receive a critical jolt if the tension is suddenly released.

In summary, we now move into a time of less activity, of consistency and stability, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, but should the mood of the larger cycles support conditions that are extremely expansive or chaotic, then they could erupt. Consider a flexible balloon. The walls expand and contract, in keeping with their contents. Now consider a metal canister. The container is far more consistent and inflexible but, should the pressure within become too high, it explodes.

In the 9 Ki pantheon, 3 Tree is associated with the 'Eldest Son'. Six Metal is the 'Father'. We know that these two characters do not always see eye-to-eye. When there is a disagreement, the father normally wins. But, on those rare instances when the son prevails over the father, there is normally chaos and trouble afoot.

Along the equator and in the Southern Hemisphere, this struggle between expansion and contraction reaches its peak, as the seasonal energy (spring- Tree) will amplify and support the larger ki cycles.

We can approach this time by appreciating the temporary mood of stability (Metal) in a normally chaotic world, but we should remain attentive and flexible, ourselves, especially in the face of sudden change. Six Metal is associated with prosperity, finance and the material world in general. Three Tree is rising energy. This can affect global markets. We should also be wary of Russia's entry into the Syrian conflict, for they have already proved their sole purpose to be the defense of al-Assad...."

In October, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ Composite, and S&P 500 recovered all of the losses suffered during the August / September China scare. This reflects 6 Metal's association with finance and its mood of stability.

In October, a strange and dangerous new activity trended. Mostly young Palestinians attacked Israeli citizens, military and police with knives (metal).

October 9- (6 Metal includes lead.)
A freshman at Northern Arizona University opened fire on four fraternity members, killing one and wounding three. Arizona is an open-carry state whose voters have been strongly opposed to gun control measures. Northern Arizona University allows guns in vehicles.

On the same day, one person died and another was wounded in a shooting at an apartment complex near Texas Southern University. The shooting was the third in recent weeks on or near the TSU campus. In August, two people were shot on the university’s campus, resulting in one fatality. In June, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that allows gun owners to carry concealed handguns on college campuses.

October 19- (Heavy Metal)
Spain and the U.S. agreed to move at last toward a final accord regarding the cleanup and removal of land contaminated with radioactive plutonium after a mid-air collision half a century ago that dumped four U.S. hydrogen bombs in southern Spain.

Published October 21-
People who ate a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes, and olive oil, along with small to moderate amounts of alcohol, and who consumed less meat and dairy, had less brain shrinkage than people who did not follow a Mediterranean eating style, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. The researchers also found that Mediterranean diet followers had a larger brain volume than those who didn't eat this way.

October 21 was also Back to the Future Day. In the movie "Back to the Future Part II," Marty McFly traveled to October 21, 2015, to save his children. Although the hovering skateboard still needs perfection, streaming media, mobile phones, notebook & touchpad computing, and the www more than make up for it. Reality is always more interesting than fiction.

October 24- Metal supports Water
In 2015, 1 Water occupies 3 Tree (rising energy) this year, and occupied 9 Fire (south) in October. On October 24, Hurricane Patricia, the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, made landfall on Mexico's west coast in a somewhat weakened state; perhaps causing the greatest damage as a tropical storm over already rain soaked Texas.

October 26- Buried Treasure
The Greek culture ministry announced that University of Cincinnati archaeologists in Greece have uncovered the skeleton of an ancient warrior that has lain undisturbed for more than 3,500 years along with a huge hoard of treasure. The trove contained more than 1,400 objects, including a three-foot long bronze sword and four solid gold rings.

October 27- Slow Escalation
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that U.S. troops would back local forces in Syria and Iraq with expanded air and occasional ground support. Ground support in Syria was later confirmed by President Obama, on October 30. Also, Turkey’s military fired on U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in a bid to keep them from advancing toward Turkey's border.

November 2- Finance
As the month drew to a close, President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan budget bill that avoids a catastrophic U.S. default and puts off the next round of fighting over federal spending and debt until after next year's presidential and congressional elections. "It should finally free us from the cycle of shutdown threats and last-minute fixes and allows us to, therefore, plan for the future," Obama said as he signed the bill.

October 29- Sanpaku
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was sworn in as speaker of the House. What could possibly go wrong?

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
(November 7 through December 6)

This is a 5 Soil 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 9 Fire to 5 Soil, thereby strengthening 5. Some antagonisms will continue to exist, due to the uneven relationship between Tree & Soil. 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. (December & January.)

After a two month cool-down phase (7 & 6 Metal) the active qualities of the annual and the 9-Year cycle resume control. In September and October, the settling, consolidating monthly ki supported a relatively consistent set of affairs. Changes, either positive or negative, were difficult to come by and localized problems tended to fester, in place, rather than spread out into new areas.

Now, we enter a monthly phase that also supports stability, but in a different way. Five Soil resides at the center of the 9 ki square; at the axis of events. This monthly ki seeks balance, as does a spinning top, but does not necessarily produce rigidity. Rather, 5 Soil creates/undergoes a series of counterbalancing 'wobbles' as it interacts with the other prevalent energies. For example, in a 1 Water year, 5 Soil occupies the 9 Fire position. Likewise, in a 9 Fire year, 5 occupies 1 Water. For every ki combination, Five performs a similar balancing act.

Moreover, during September and October, the Metal ki provided a calming influence to the otherwise very active energies of the larger 3 Tree and 9 fire cycles. In November, 3 Tree now controls 5 Soil. As a result, the mood must become more active and more difficult to restrain. This isn't necessarily a negative situation because, as activity levels rise, so do travel, commerce, productivity and inventiveness. But we cannot help to wonder what kind of effect this rising energy will have upon areas that have been festering (deteriorating) over the past two months.

Syria, and all the Middle East in general, come to mind. The situation there is now critical. Now that such destructive force is no longer held in 6 Metal's vise, what will pour out when the clamp is released and rising Tree energy resumes its control? Similar conditions exist in other areas, such as South Sudan. Unfortunately, they usually escape the world's attention, due to a lack of interest, or media coverage, or international concern, or oil.

We also inhabited this position last February, when we first entered this 3 Tree annual house. Look for a mood that is similar to that time but also realize that, over the course of the past eight months, the general outlook has undergone a series of active alterations.

In summary, both 5 & 3 are strong now. Five Soil is strengthened by the supportive ki flow yet 3 Tree overrides 5. Three is the ki of new beginnings and rising energy; Five the ki of balance and stability. But 5 Soil (karma, politics, control) is the ki that makes this month unique. Look for outstanding or notorious political activities, at this time. Karmic repercussions can stem from a deeply rooted past but most will reflect actions and decisions of the past nine months.

We all return to our home positions, for the month, and our sense of comfort and familiarity will rise. We can pass through this time successfully, by pursuing our personal goals in a focused but gentle way, and by stating our opinions clearly while remaining open to differing viewpoints – reflecting on events as they unfold.

1 Waters- will regain touch with their inner mirror and will find solace in their family and friends. Two Soils- can approach others in a constructive way that is true-to-heart. Three Trees- can now make constructive headway but should guard against brash behavior and accidents. Four Trees- will remain in a temporary sweet-spot but with the possibility of intestinal or respiratory problems. 5 Soils- time for your karmic checkup. Six Metals- will enter a two-month period of stability but should use this time to consolidate their efforts and plans. Sevens- will also continue in a temporary sweet-spot but should spend some time regaining and then nurturing their personal balance. Eight Soils- can initiate profound inner change and can resolve small details. And 9 Fires- will reenter the spotlight, hopefully proceeding in an organized, friendly way.

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

Globally, this isn't a time for brash, forceful action. This is an opportunity to watch, to reflect and learn.

CycleKi NumberCharacteristicsNature
Monthly 5 Soil Karma & Control Making Balance
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 9 Fire to 5 Soil, thereby strengthening 5. Some antagonisms will continue to exist, due to the uneven relationship between Tree & Soil. But 5 Soil (karma, politics, control) is the ki that makes this month unique. 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 September 2015, to showcase the Catlin Seaview Survey in Google Maps. We think this is a creative way to emphasize the detrimental influence of global warming on our planet's oceans.

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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