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A Network of Friends- February 2015 (Happy New Year - Phase II)



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Hi Friends,

On our January home page (a 6 Metal Month in a 4 Tree Year) we said:

".... Like last month, uneven events will arise, but there is a productive side to this ki combination. There will be definite moments of stability but solid foundations can suddenly break loose. Jumping quickly from Metal to Tree, or Metal to Fire. Look for sudden change and new conditions -- likely more extreme than what we witnessed in December (7 Metal) because 6 Metal is rigid and unyielding.

The seasonal extremes between the North and South Hemispheres will mellow somewhat, near the end of the month, as the south transitions from summer (9 Fire) to late-summer (2 Soil) and we in the north move from winter (1 Water) to late-winter (8 Soil).

Consider 6 Metal's association with prosperity, finance and money. Look for long term economic trends. As of January 5, the US markets fell by nearly 3%.

Beyond immediate interests, this is a time for looking ahead. This is the final month of the 4 Tree year. On February 4, we will embark into 3 Tree and a new adventure. Please continue to size up the conditions as they arise, and try to ascertain how events will trend into the future. Personally, I think that 3 Tree 2015 will be a fast paced, interesting but very challenging year for the world. Best to see what's unfolding now...."

Moments of stability can create a mood of sanity, sorrow and great joy. Je Sius Charlie.

From time to time, what I hold sacred has been profaned and I can understand ones indignation towards the profaner. It never crossed my mind to kill them though.

What could have ended as just another ugly act of terror – didn't end at all. I think it did humanity good to be reminded that the pen is, indeed, mightier than the sword. It began on a quiet Paris morning, in senseless, cold blooded murder but a peaceful phoenix arose from the demise. Eleven pencils & pens gave way to millions as a tsunami of creative expression swept across the planet.

On Sunday, January 11, world leaders amassed in Paris to join 1.5 million in defiance of terrorism. Among them were French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, and Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris and president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith. We are embarrassed that neither Obama, Biden nor Kerry were there.

January was the final month of the 4 Tree year. The new 2015 commentary is posted below.


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 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 double 3 Tree to 9 Fire and terminates in 5 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. (March, April, December & January.)

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.


1 Waters- begin a two year journey through energy they enjoy. Two Soils- blunt antagonisms fade but watch for subtle challenges. Three Trees- begin their yearlong education in the house of karma. Four Trees- have successfully completed their karmic adventure. 5 Soils- begin the year in personal reflection, as they enter a more relaxed annual house. Six Metals- begin to feel the winds of change. Seven Metals- like it or not, the spotlight turns your way. Eights- move from the heights to the depths. And 9 Fires- finally arrive on dry land.

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




Welcome to the new adventure.

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 double-Tree to 9 Fire to 5 Soil. Karmic 5 is potent now but is definitely challenged by the very active 3 Tree energy of the 9-year cycle and the year. 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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