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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 2019

Last year, I shared an interpretation for 2019 from a 9 Star Ki perspective which was a 8 White Soil year.

Here is a recap of the 9 Star Ki of 8 White Soil Year

8 White Soil Year was about self-motivation, new ideas, and new directions. In addition to building up wealth, inheritance from the past and building on what we already have. 

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

9 Star Ki 2020 – 7 Red Metal Year

9 Ki 2020 is a number 7 Red Metal Year, which will be a year of enjoyment, entertainment and money. A number 7 is associated with a lake and water. As it is a place for people to gather and appreciate the company around them. However, even though the general nature of this year is a calm lake, this lake can without warning become extremely agitated and stormy and take time to calm down again. So with 7 comes times with nervousness and sensitivity. Overall, this will be a more sensitive, personal year than 2019.

A 7 year is also associated with harvest and plants. That means it creates positivity or negativity depending on what you planted in 2019 and in previous years.

Personally if you were born in a 7 Red Metal Year (1948, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1984, 1993, 2002, 2011, 2020 beginning on February 4) you tend to be optimistic, a great talker loyal, proud and meticulous.

7 Red Metal Year

  • Enjoying time with friends & family
  • Focus on social aspect
  • Nurturement
  • Feeling Calm
  • Positivity
  • Relaxation
  • Harvest

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 the economy, for the possibility of fruitfulness and profitable for a large number of 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)
  • Macrobiotics
  • Food
  • Agriculture
  • The earth itself
  • Feminine
  • Mothers
  • Nurturing
  • Receptiveness
  • Dedication
  • Support
  • Meticulous attention to detail

Further 9 Ki Interpretations for 2020

Definitely climate change, food and all biological life are coming in the forefront. Keep in mind, the focus on climate change may be slightly misdirected. Healthy people have the ability and passion to create a healthy environment and planet. This is a time for individual people to adopt a grain, bean and vegetable based diet to reconnect with nature. If individual people adapt to a whole food, plant-based diet then they will start to better understand the needs of the planet. Therefore, know how best to save the planet and ultimately create a healthy world.

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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:

Year of the Rat

white metal rat

According to Chinese astrology, the new lunar year will be a White Metal Rat Year, celebrated January 25 – February 11, 2020.

Chinese New Year – the spring festival that’s also known as the Chinese lunar new year — begins on the 2nd new moon following the winter solstice. New Year’s Eve will be observed on January 24, 2020. The holiday ends on the full moon 15 days later, February 11, which is known as the lantern festival.

In Mandarin, “Happy Chinese New Year” is “xin nian kuai le”, which is a formal greeting typically used for strangers and which literally means “New Year happiness.” A shortened version “gong xi fa cai”, more often used for friends and family, means “wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year.” 

Gong hei fat choy” is the most common Chinese New Year greeting in Cantonese, which is spoken in some areas of southern China and Hong Kong. It directly translates as “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.” 

Rat (—Shū)

The Rat is the first sign of the 12-year cycle in the Chinese Zodiac. For this reason, this year is considered one of new beginnings, renewals, and leadership. It’s important to recognize that all decisions made during the start of a new 12-year cycle will influence the next 12 years.

In China the rat is a veneered symbol of good luck and wealth, unlike her western counterpart. In terms of yin and yang, the rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new time period. This is thought to be a year where creativity and ingenuity will flourish. Characteristically, rats are ingenious at overcoming adversity and are skilled at using their charm and persuasive powers to ensure that their own goals are met without ever seeming manipulative.

The rat year can be one of restlessness and change. This will be a year where there will be strong demonstrations of new ideas, intelligence, and forging of new relationships. This can be a good year to start new ventures, and if pursued with single-minded focus, they will likely succeed.

According to the Chinese Horoscope, the rat is clever and tactical and comes dressed in armor with sword in hand. This clever creature is known for his or her keen vision and problem-solving abilities. Someone born in the year of the rat is known to be alert, adaptable, observant. The rat’s personality is outgoing, cheerful, and sociable in character. They can get along well with many different types of people, so there are always many friends around them.

In Western astrology, the Sagittarius zodiac sign corresponds to the Rat


The metal personality is tough, matter of fact and success-driven. These people pave a way for themselves with confidence and determination.

They always achieve their objectives, regardless of any setbacks, failures or hardships. Though they can be unreasonable, inflexible and stubborn at times, they are self-reliant and will solve problems on their own. They work out their own destiny and never give up things halfway and will persist till the end.

They do not like any kind of interference in their affairs. They have strong impulses and possess the strength and energy to change whatever they do not like. They are generally prosperous and have an air of luxury and power about themselves.

Year of the Rat

The Metal Rat Year is going to be a strong, prosperous, and lucky year for all Chinese zodiac signs. Everyone will show determination regarding their goals, aspirations, and even their hobbies. This is a great year for founding and evolving.

Traditional Chinese medicine relates the metal element (metal rat year) to the lungs and the Large Intestines. A person with well-balanced metal energy is well organized, self-disciplined, and conscientious. They like structure in their life. They are most comfortable in situations when they know the rules and can succeed by following them. Metal Qi bestows a deep inner strength, like ore mined from the mountains

The Metal energy peaks in the fall. In the cool, crisp, clean air of autumn, metal people feel they can accomplish anything. The color of Metal is white, and people strongly influenced by the Metal Qi may have slightly pale complexions.

Welcome this new lunar year – the beginning of a cycle that we last experienced in 2008. New and positive developments are expected. With focus and attention, these new projects have the possibility for success and happiness. This new year is expected to be one of change, new and improved relationships, and overall optimism and good cheer. A time to rejoice and develop a positive attitude and approach to life. Happy New Year! Wishing you great happiness and prosperity!

Chinese New Year 2020

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