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Hi Friends,

On our July home page (a 9 Fire Month in a 3 Tree Year) we said:

".... This is a 9 Fire 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 and terminates in 9 Fire. Because July is a 9 Fire month, and this is a 9 Fire 81-Year cycle, Fire energy will be very potent....

.... If you want to know the mood of the times, simply consider the attributes of Fire:

Hot, tending to expand and spread out, entertaining but distracting, generally fortunate yet potentially destructive. Flamboyant, diverse, superficial and chaotic. Drought. Easy for disease or war to spread, but also easy to distribute information. To enlighten.

Global warming or the proverbial "Long Hot Summer". Fire illuminates. Look for new ideas, information and discoveries. But like the flames of a natural fire, the mood is many faceted and ever-changing. Three Tree (wood) feeds Fire because it is packed with latent energy that is ready to be utilized. It is the ki of rising energy, sunrise, morning, new beginnings and active progress. So, new sparks (ideas, events, discoveries) can quickly arise. This capacity is vital for life, evolution and enlightenment but this ki combination must be handled gently. Like a powder keg, this many faceted mood can produce confusion, chaos and, in the extreme, it can be very explosive.

Like fireworks. The Chinese chrysanthemum shell, rising up in June. Now, 1 Water's potential energy is gone, but so is its controlling balance. Tree continues to feed Fire and July will bring the starburst.

Most of us will have a safe, active and entertaining time but, for portions of the world that are already embroiled in famine or war, this ki combination could be devastating. And spontaneous terrorist acts certainly can't be ruled out; especially in tourist and entertainment areas. This is a time for those of us who are more fortunate to provide attention and assistance to those in need....

.... Although this was widely overlooked by the global media in June, we anticipate a great moment of interest, discovery and wonder, this month, as the New Horizons spacecraft approaches and then flies over Pluto's surface. Perhaps a perfect blend of 3 Tree's pioneering mood and 9 Fire's illumination."

July was an extremely active and expansive month.

As the month opened, the Confederate Battle Flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.

The son of a Boston police captain was accused of plotting to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and to broadcast the killings of students live online to show his support for ISIL. We note the "three whites" imbalance in his eyes.

Lower Sanpaku can usually be relieved within a few months, with a balanced diet consisting of whole grains and vegetables.

Another example of sanpaku, the closing arguments for the sentencing of James Holmes were held in July.

In this case, we see the more violent variation. Upper sanpaku. Upper sanpaku isn't always a dangerous sign. Nearly all newborn babies have it. In their case, it's like their eyes are rising suns. In someone so yang as a newborn, it is actually a good sign. But to maintain or to redevelop upper sanpaku in adulthood suggests potential trouble. In a nutshell, we can see lower sanpaku as a sign of self destruction (yin) and upper as a more aggressive form (yang). This is but one small facet of traditional oriental diagnosis, but it's of special value because when we meet someone, we first look into their eyes.

July 14, 2015 was a 3 Tree day, in a 9 Fire Month, in a 3 Tree year, in a 3 Tree 9-year cycle, in a 9 Fire 81-year cycle. It was a highly charged day. John Grunsfeld, a NASA associate administrator said, “We knew that a mission to Pluto would bring some surprises, and now -- 10 days after closest approach [July 14] -- we can say that our expectation has been more than surpassed. With flowing ices, exotic surface chemistry, mountain ranges, and vast haze, Pluto is showing a diversity of planetary geology that is truly thrilling."

But July 14 had still more to offer. After two years of negotiations, an international partnership achieved what decades of animosity had not. A comprehensive, long-term deal that will verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Also on July 14- The Large Hadron Collider team announced that it had discovered the new Pentaquark particle. LHCb spokesperson Guy Wilkinson commented: "The pentaquark is not just any new particle… It represents a way to aggregate quarks [the fundamental constituents of ordinary protons and neutrons] in a pattern that has never been observed before in over fifty years of experimental searches."

First theorized in the 1960's, like the Higgs Boson particle, the pentaquark eluded science for decades until its detection at the LHC.

On the downside, 9 Fire July supported many spontaneous attacks. On July 16, 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing five officers. Abdulazeez was shot to death in the rampage that also injured three.

In Lafayette, Louisiana, John Russell Houser opened fire during a showing of the film Trainwreck, killing two people and injuring nine others before committing suicide.

In our original home town, Cincinnati Ohio, a white, University of Cincinnati police officer fatally shot an unarmed African American man and has been charged with murder after a grand jury investigation. Prosecutor Joseph Deters, speaking bluntly at a news conference to announce the charges, called the July 19 death of Samuel Dubose, 43, "senseless" and totally unnecessary. He said Ray Tensing, the white officer who shot Dubose in the head, never should have been a police officer.

While we respect the peril that police officers endure to protect the public, this 9 Fire month was a very illuminating time. Even after the many recent African American slayings by police, some bad apples still think it's fine to use lethal force in circumstances where it isn't necessary. The following interactive link allows you to see how many unarmed Americans have been killed by police, so far in 2015. As of this posting, 147 unarmed people had been killed and 329 of those killed had firearms. The second number isn't surprising, given that guns grow on trees in the USA.

The Guardian- People killed by police in the US

Due to long term drought, July was the warmest month on record in Seattle, Washington and forest fires ravaged the American west. Some firefighters said they have not seen anything like it. Due to global warming, the warmer air in west Canada now enables heat in the American southwest to flow northward, instead of generating southwesterly winds that used to carry the heat across the USA and into our midwest. Now the heat billows up the coast and flows into southwest Canada, thereby pushing the remaining cool Canadian air down into the midwest, where we spend the summer trying to grow our garden in the rain.

This new pattern has not only generated long term drought and fires in the west. It has also destroyed thousands of trees in its course, as the following link illustrates.

National Geographic- Pine Beetle Epidemic

From tiny beetles hiding in the bark to the mountains of Pluto, Fire illuminates.

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
(August 7 through September 7)

This is an 8 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 and terminates in 8 Soil -- making both 3 and 8 dominant (8 receiving the supporting ki but 3 controlling 8). 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.)

In July, the monthly energy (9 Fire) was so in-step with the larger cycles that the forecast was easy to define. Hot, chaotic, diversified, quickly spreading and extremely active. In August, the forecast is not so definite because 8 Soil adds an entirely new feature to the ki terrain.

The fact that 8 is associated with change and revolution, makes the outcome even more difficult to predict. Still, we have sufficient information to draw some solid conclusions. First, we can look at the way this combination interrelates.

Tree supports Fire. The energy of the 3 Tree Year, and the 3 Tree 9-Year cycle, will continue to bolster the 9 Fire ki of the 81-Year cycle. Fire's expansive, illuminating, chaotic and explosive tendencies will remain strong but, just as Tree supports Fire, Fire supports Soil; therefore, the 8 Soil monthly ki will also be well nourished.

So, we know that 8 Soil (change) and 9 Fire (fortune and chaos) will be potent components in this combination. We also note that Tree overrides Soil. The energy of the 3 Tree Year, and the 3 Tree 9-Year cycle, will control 8 Soil's capacity to produce potent change but, because Fire sustains Soil, this level of control will be limited. We suspect that many of the changes, this month, will be earthshaking but (because of Tree's control) there will be a clear association between those changes and the mood of the 3 Tree year.

In other words, look for changes that directly influence (or stem from) the major issues that are already at hand; such as ISIL expansion, results of firearm proliferation in the United States, western wildfires, and homegrown terrorism. Keep in mind that 8 Soil promotes change and that some of these conditions can therefore change for the better. For example, some long term forecasts predict rain for the western US, possibly calming the fires.

More importantly, we must consider the direct relationship between the monthly and annual energies. I do not recall any books on the subject that sufficiently emphasize the intensity of this 8 Soil / 3 Tree relationship. It's true that 3 Tree controls 8 Soil, yet 8's freewheeling nature is too intrepid to be held back. Both of these energy states are very powerful and resolute. While there are always some rough edges when they interact, this combination is either glorious or downright frightening to behold.

Consider the associations. Three Tree is the ki of the sunrise, of the dawn. Rising energy. New beginnings. Eight Soil is the ki of revolutionary change. Together, they can produce entirely new directions; suddenly altering the destiny of an entire region, or the world.

In Summary:
This is a time of sudden and radical change. History makes it clear that events can turn either way; in disastrous or in very positive directions. And, as you may have already guessed, the historical outcome hinges, largely, on our own actions and decisions.

Meanwhile, images will continue to flow in from New Horizons. I'm still waiting to see city lights. Yes, I am hopelessly optimistic when it comes to the life force.


1 Waters- will receive positive support but there will be some bumps in the road. Two Soils- will lose the comfort of their protective shell and be thrown into a new situation. It is imperative that you steer hard towards your dream. Three Trees- will be highly visible as you enter the more turbulent waters of your karmic voyage. Four Trees- can encounter a well appreciated oasis. 5 Soils- will return to a more social level but may find it difficult to make headway. Six Metals- will feel the full brunt of the times but can make remarkable progress. Seven Metals- will have to generate their own sense of practical order (or there won't be much order at all). Eights- time for your karmic checkup. And 9 Fires- will begin a two-month journey, dealing with practical demands.

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

The sequence is Tree, Tree, Fire, Soil (Sunrise, Germination, Expansion, Revolution). Very active and of potent consequence.

CycleKi NumberCharacteristicsNature
Monthly 8 Soil Revolution, Change Turning, Spinning
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

Most energies lean towards, or inhabit, the expansive, yin half of the 9 Ki cycle. Opening out, generating heat and activity. The monthly ki generates a yang, grounding influence but, being the ki of change, this anchor could become a slippery fish. 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 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 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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