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9 Star Ki (or 9 Ki) is a way of observing social phenomena from an energetic perspective based on Nature’s growing cycle. 9 Star Ki can be compared to Oriental Diagnosis both for individual movement and social patterns. There are 1 year individual cycles, and 9 year social cycles. The individual years generally begin on February 4th and end on February 3rd.

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9 Star Ki 2018

Last year, I shared an interpretation for 2018 from a 9 Star Ki perspective which was a 9 Purple Fire year.

Here is a recap of the 9 Star Ki of Purple Fire Year:

9 Fire was great vitality and energy on the surface but coolness inside. The 9 star ki element of the 9 in 2018 was fire itself, which shined and liked to be seen, as having great passion, foresight and honor, but also could be fickle and changeable. The natural balance for 9 Fire was to think more of other people to avoid fire’s tendency for separation and abandonment at important times.

9 Purple Fire

  • Was a time of great passion and expression
  • A time of shining
  • A time of fame or infamy, as past secrets come to the forefront
  • Potential for separations or secessions
  • Creation of arguments and legal troubles to come to the forefront
  • A self-interest without consideration of others
  • Taking on opportunities for rising and shining together, and for making important causes and issues known.

9 Star Ki 2019 – 8 White Soil Year

9 Ki 2019 is a number 8 White Soil Year, which will be about self-motivation, new ideas, and new directions. It may also be about building up wealth, inheritance from the past and building on what we already have.. What happens in 9 Star Ki 2019 will play an important part in 2020, a metal year, associated with enjoyment, relaxation, and harvest. If we can create a good year then we can harvest the benefits in 9 Ki 2020. What happens and changes during this 8 year (2019) will affect the next several years. It is very important to do things with careful consideration and not act rashly during 8 years.

8 is a sign of changing direction in society and course. Also about the past and stability. Might give the benefit of inheritance as in goods but also guidance and spiritual – wise people from the past.

Personally if you were born in an 8 Soil year (1947, 1956, 1965, 1974, 1983, 1992 beginning on February 4) you tend to be obstinate on the outside and gentle and tender on the inside. 8 people are usually likable and charming but also tend to act in childish ways. You have refined thinking and a powerful memory, like to be free and do things in your own way, even if unconventional. You have a strong tendency to receive an inheritance and will be more successful if you have a stronger person by your side. Success usually comes with maturity in middle age.

8 White Soil Year

  • A time for nurturing and drawing together in order to bring harmony
  • Ambition
  • Stubbornness and tenacity
  • Long-term planning
  • Patience
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Hard work
  • Practicality
  • Far reaching view

2 Black Soil

In the larger sense, we entered a new 9 Star Ki nine-year period of 2 Black Soil (2018-2026). For the last two 9 Ki year cycles (18 years) there was an emphasis on new beginnings and discoveries, the growth of things, reputation, being heard and direct expression, communicating, and also stirring things up. In this cycle, there will be major changes and things coming out.

Everything associated with number 2 will come into power for the next nine years. 2 is associated with the earth, which nourishes all of us, and does not play favorites. 2 is particularly connected to the earth, to food, to steady development, service and to creating things for the future that nourish us all. 2 is also associated with economy, for the possibility of fruitfulness and profitable for large number people or the average person. The energy of this 9 Ki cycle is much more mature and settled, where there is a powerful creativity in it that can lead towards more creation or destruction.

Associations with number 2:

-Shrewd observation (seeing things clearly)




-The earth itself







-Meticulous attention to detail

Further 9 Ki Interpretations

Women will gain more power and respect in society as being leading and guiding forces. All issues with food, agriculture, food quality will come more to the forefront. Macrobiotics will have the ability to unify as a community and usher forth the next stage of the macrobiotic movement. I am personally excited to see what unfolds during this time because there hasn’t been a number 2 cycle in the history of the macrobiotic movement or in my life. For more interesting articles about nutrition, macrobiotics, and living a healthy lifestyle, please visit Denny’s macrobiotic blog.

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Leonard Jacobs, former editor of the East West Journal, sent this to me and I wanted to share it with you:

Chinese New Year 2019: The new year will be a Yin Earth Pig year, celebrated February 4-19.

chinese new year & 9 star ki

Chinese New Year – the spring festival (also known as the lunar new year) — begins on the 2nd new moon following the winter solstice. New Year’s Eve is celebrated on February 4, 2019. The celebration ends on the full moon, 15 days later, on February 19, which is known as the lantern festival.

The New Year greeting in Chinese is “xin nian kuai le”, which literally means “Happy New Year.”  In Hong Kong and other Cantonese-speaking regions, it’s more common to say “gong hei fat choy.” In Korean, it’s “saehae bok mani badeuseyo” (새해 많이 받으세요 ). In Mandarin Chinese, it’s “gong xi fa cai” (恭喜发财), which means “congratulations on the fortune.” 


The coming Chinese new year will be the Year of the Pig. The Pig is the twelfth animal of the 12-year cycle in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese character “” meaning “home” is composed of two parts: the upper part is shaped like the roof of a house while the lower part is “” meaning “pig”. This character has remained with little change throughout history — since the Bronze Age of China (around 2000 BC), when people believed that a pig was indispensable for a home and the number of pigs was the indication of the wealth of a family. So the pig is considered an essential component of a happy home – including the person who was born in the year of the pig.

If you or your child were born during any of these years: 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, you were born during the year of the pig. Occupying the last position among the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals, pig is a mild and lucky animal, representing carefree fun, good fortune and wealth. Personality traits of the people born under the sign of the Pig are happy, easygoing, honest, trusting, educated, sincere and brave. Pigs are considered the happiest of all the zodiac animals, and they have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. The potential dark sides of Pig people are stubbornness, over-reliance, self-indulgence, easy to anger and being materialistic. They are sometimes regarded as being stubborn or lazy. Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. but they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite. 

People born in the year of the pig think logically and can resolve whatever problem they’re experiencing. People born in the year of the pig are honest, sincere and genuine. They have hearts of gold and everyone admires pig people the most. They are called upon when sincere advice is needed and will always give a helping hand. Pig people are the best friend anyone can have. They are also fun-loving and know how to throw a good party, but if rubbed the wrong way, they can be extremely vengeful. They have a great thirst for knowledge and although they do not always say much, when they do decide to speak, nothing can stop them.

Pigs symbolize wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of good cheer and good fortune. It is still considered common sense in China that babies born with big ears are said to be lucky kids, whose life is stuffed with good luck and good fortune. 

Despite the upheaval we are currently experiencing worldwide, according to Chinese astrology, during this upcoming year of the pig, we can expect stability, financial wealth, and practical achievements. There will likely be considerable change and we can expect most of this to be positive and strengthening. There should be a lessening of tensions and anxiety in society – with more of a sense of release, relief, and enjoyment.

Each of the animals also connects to one of the five elements (fire, earth, metal, water, wood) and this year will be an earth pig year. Earth pigs are social butterflies with friends from all walks of life. They have considerable support in both work and life. They have fortunate lives and can find happiness. They are successful later in life. However, they aren’t the most romantic people and might need to work on their emotional maturity.
Earth pigs’ strength lies in their ability to cultivate good interpersonal relationships. They are also punctual and have a strong sense of time. Earth pigs can over exert themselves in their vigor and have many accidents. They have excellent luck in wealth throughout their whole lives. With good money management skills, earth pigs can live comfortably through the money they make from their careers. The key to career success for earth pigs is to follow the lead of their predecessors. Earth pigs are conservative with their feelings and are thought to be unromantic.

However, when they do find love, they are loyal and devoted to their partner. The earth element is so powerful, that so the is probably the most trustworthy of all zodiac signs.

We can expect these qualities to be reflected into society with better relationships between and among divergent groups and potentially more positive relationships between countries. There is the possibility of new discoveries in science and improvements in technology – all leading to improved financial positions for people who apply themselves. This new year is expected to be one of growth, positive and improved relationships, and overall good cheer. A time to rejoice and develop a positive attitude and approach to life. You will feel the reality of the motto: “Put on a happy face!”

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