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Hi Friends,

On our July home page (a 6 Metal Month in a 2 Soil Year) we said:

".... This is a 6 Metal 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, to Soil and terminates in 6 Metal....

.... We anticipate a tug-of-war, a heating up / cooling down process where one energy has its moment and then another.

All in all, Metal will maintain considerable strength and most global trends will remain on course. For conditions that are improving (and many are) this is a beneficial influence. However, negative trends will be very difficult to turn around. This is particularly troubling when we consider the many recent terrorist attacks.

From a seasonal perspective, Six White Metal is the ki of late autumn and late evening. Early spring (3 Tree) rolls into summer (9 Fire). Summer supports late summer (2 Soil) and the residual warmth of late summer keeps the first half of the autumn season (7 Metal) warm and expansive. But, now we have moved away from 7 and, so, conditions become more rigid and cool.

Consider the beautiful early-autumn (7 Metal) colors that delight us, until the leaves have fallen and only bare branches beneath the stark skies of late-autumn (6 Metal) remain. Both energies are inwardly directed and have a cooling effect, but 6 Metal is "more so". And this is not necessarily a bad condition. Six Metal's cool austerity provides clarity!

The early-autumn forest charms us with its ravishing beauty, but we cannot see far into the trees. Only when late-autumn takes command, can we see for miles, into the heart of the wood. This is the yin and the yang of the seasons. For something lost there is something gained. This is also the yin and the yang of the ki. Now we see clearly.

Six Metal is also associated with economic and financial matters. Watch its influence on the global markets. Amidst this "rising / falling" struggle between the differing energies, we are bound to see 6's influence. We could encounter additional Brexit repercussions.

In general 6 Metal's yang, consolidating force will tend to produce a cool, unyielding mood. At times, 6 will react with the other energy states in an antagonistic way and we will encounter setbacks and complications. At other times 6 will serve as a helpful counterbalance to the other, warmer ki influences, especially the hot seasonal energy in the Northern Hemisphere; bringing calm to potentially explosive situations. But, like gunpowder that's sealed within a metal pipe. If the fire does ignite, you won't want to be in the vicinity...."



July 2016 was a crazy month. I noticed two conditions that coincided with the remarks above. Six Metal's unyielding nature made it very difficult to alter the course of ongoing events -- to improve situations that were already negative when the month began. And the explosive 6 Metal / 9 Fire combination; especially in the Northern Hemisphere (summer, fire). These two conditions aided in forcing many bad circumstances into outright disasters.

One thing you should know: the last time we encountered a similar ki lineup, in 2007 (6 Metal month, 2 Soil year, 4 Tree 9-Year cycle, 9 Fire 81-Year cycle), global events were much more peaceful. However in both instances, then and now, many areas were affected by torrential rainfall. Proving, perhaps, that we can influence human events far easier than natural conditions.

It is too dismal to list every massacre and attack that occurred this July, in the USA, France, Germany, Afghanistan and Syria. But in keeping with the aforementioned conditions (difficult to change previous trends & and fiery outbursts) we can say that most or all of them stemmed from ISIL, ISIL want-to-be's, or the easy availability of firearms for the mentally ill and suspected terrorists. The United States congress has unanimously responded by taking a six week holiday.

July 13-
The Right Honorable Seven Metal, David Cameron, stepped down from the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In 2016, 7 Metal occupies the 1 Water house of midnight and winter -- a time when it is difficult to make progress in the material world, but an excellent opportunity for spiritual development. He was succeeded by the Right Honorable Eight Soil, Theresa May, who occupies the 2 Soil house of stagnation / accumulation, in 2016 -- a time when it is difficult to make rapid headway, but is a great opportunity to form alliances and for slow, steady progress.

July 26- (2 Soil slow, steady progress)
Solar Impulse2 which began its flight around the world in March, traveling on solar power alone, landed in Abu Dhabi, completing the first round-the-world day & night flight powered only by the sun.

July 29- (2 Soil food and agriculture)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto Co, and never approved by federal regulators, was discovered growing on a Washington state farm. This is the third infraction of this kind, in the past three years.

Also in July-
Echoing the 2 Soil stagnation first observed in June, on Florida's Atlantic coast, a huge toxic algae bloom in Utah has closed the 150-square-mile Utah Lake, sickening more than 100 people and depleting the fresh water supply, vital to local farmers during the hottest weeks of the year.


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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
(August 7 through September 7)


This is a 5 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, to 2 Soil and terminates in 5 Soil. Three Tree continues to overrule Soil, but this will be true all year. Some disruptions and disagreements on the global scene will be unavoidable.

Now, we move away from Metal's potent influence but 5 Soil's will also be obvious and, to a large degree, dominant. The 3 Tree ki of our 9-Year cycle controls both the monthly and annual energies (Tree overrides Soil). However, Tree strengthens 9 Fire and Fire, in turn, strengthens Soil. In addition, the 2 Soil annual ki provides support to monthly 5 Soil.

Last month, we looked at the ki from a seasonal perspective. In August, this is difficult to do because 5 Soil is not associated with any particular season. Rather, 5 occupies the central, "home" position on the 9 Ki grid. As such, it is associated with all seasons or, better put, Five Soil resides at the axis of all events.

Five Soil's home is the central position of the 9 ki square. As such, it is the position of stability, balance and control. All of the other numbers revolve on its axis. Five Soil gives definition and shape to the other numbers. They cannot exist without 5, and 5 cannot exist without them. Every nine years (and months), an individual number will return to the center. This is a beginning and an end. The position of karma and power. An intersection, in time, that is the sum total of all of the activities, ideas, emotions and experiences of the past 9 years (in this case, months).

Likewise, 5 Soil travels through the peripheral houses, making balance in every possible combination. For example, in a 9 Fire year, 5 occupies the 1 Water position, In a 1 Water year, 5 resides in 9 Fire. This month, 5 has returned to the center. In fact, we have all returned to our monthly home position (1 Water individuals will occupy 1 Water, 2 Soils reside in 2 Soil, etc.).

Because 5 Soil is the ki of karma & power, it is associated with empire, government, stability and control. Because all numbers have returned to their home position, they experience a mood of comfort and familiarity, unless they distance themselves from their home position. So, this is not the best time to travel, in general. Because annual 2 Soil supports 5 and because 2 is associated with peace, stagnation and stability, the annual ki increases this mood of stillness, perhaps even adding a bit of worry or anticipation.

IF the seats of empire (governments and large corporations) come to the table, in order to work out their differences to achieve peaceful goals, then much can be accomplished. But not immediately! Instead, the agreements and conclusions they arrive at can then be implemented in the two following months (September, October) when the ki will be more active (Tree).

IF the seats of empire do not utilize this opportunity (some will) then the rising energy of ensuing months will be less controlled, more variable.

Note that every coin has two sides. If, for example, two corporations or two kingdoms ally to become stronger by holding their subjects down, they can pull that off, as well.

Do not assume that this time of stability and control will produce no events. This is an intersection in time and, as such, a period for karmic repercussions from the past. On a global level, the term 'As ye sow, so shall ye reap' applies. In light of the past several months, especially July, I would say that the world has a good amount of negative karma to shake off. Some of that will doubtless happen now.

Naturally, this is a time of political debate, scandal and name-calling.

As stated above, all of us return to our monthly home position. From the vantage point of "home" we have an excellent opportunity to watch and to learn how the past will unfold into the future.

1 Waters- can look to the spiritual side for inspiration. Two Soils- you now occupy the second half of your karmic journey. Use some extra caution as you adjust to the new atmosphere. Three Trees- actively follow existing pursuits. Four Trees- enjoy but in moderation. Maintain a practical outlook too. 5 Soils- time for your karmic checkup. Six Metals- if six was nine, would you mind? Sevens- best proceed with a philosophical approach and a good sense of humor. Eight Soils- can recharge their strategy with new and creative ideas. And 9 Fires- can follow through on new projects. Keep your feet on the ground.

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




Events flow by like water in the stream. By seeing the source we can glimpse the destination. Problems developing now can be diverted in the near future -- but not now. For now we watch until the image becomes crystal clear.

CycleKi NumberCharacteristicsNature
Monthly 5 Soil Karma & Control Making Balance
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 Tree, to Fire, to 2 Soil, to 5 Soil, strengthening 5's political, karmic mood. This is a time to remain still, to observe and to get to the root of the situation. 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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