Chinese Metaphysics is full of predictive Arts and skill sets. We have not only two different types of Chinese astrology (Ba Zi and Zi Wei Dou Shu), but also various Schools of Feng Shui. And I am not referring to the New Age practices that popped up in the Western world the 1990’s.
Feng Shui has a very long history of development, with some practices relying on Geographic North as a reference point (before the compass was invented—and invented by Feng Shui masters I might add). Later, magnetic North became the reference point, such as with Xuan Kong Fei Xing (Flying Star School). And of course there are branches of Feng Shui which focus on the natural or built environment with other observations not reliant on any compass reading. In the last few years there has also been a resurgence of interest in learning lesser known applications from Xuan Kong Da Gua and Qi Men Dun Jia.
If we go back to the origins of Chinese metaphysics, there was a practice initially called Five Star Astrology and more recently called 9 Star Ki. 9 Star Ki is a close relative of Feng Shui and there are similarities between the two; that is why I gravitated towards it so easily. In the last couple centuries, some famous Japanese masters added their own observations and development to 9 Star Ki, as well. Michio Kushi, known for his expertise in macrobiotics, also shared 9 Star Ki teachings with his followers decades ago, before Feng Shui even became trendy.
Even within 9 Star Ki there are different schools or points of focus. My main mentor likes to distinguish between 9 Star Ki Astrology, as it has been popularly called by others, versus Nine Star Ki Divination. There is an overlap with these two Schools as well, but the point I am lumbering towards is that within 9 Star Ki, we can follow the biorhythmic trends and cycles of an individual or we can follow more universal trends and cycles. Those are the cycles where we forecast such things as natural disasters, social paradigm shifts or political upheavals. Pretty much in all forms of astrology, there are those who focus on either personal readings for clients or world forecasting on the economy, politics, inventions, pandemics and topics which would play out on a local, national or international level, affecting many people at once.
Without training, a person who is remotely familiar with 9 stars and Five Element Theory might assume that a 9 Fire year will bring historic fires to many parts of the world. Well, hey, that happened in 2017, a 1 Water Year! And yes, we know it was an intense year for water disasters like the hurricanes.
The 9 Fire star represents a lot more than “fires.” Sure, we might see fire-related accidents come into the News in a 9 Fire year, as well as explosions and heated events. But the 9 Fire Star signifies so much more and requires formal training to understand all its permutations. For example, the 9 Star can also represent pharmaceuticals, so on the world stage we may see something noteworthy regarding the drug industry. Can I say what exactly? Well, the “flavor” of that topic will mutate throughout the 12 months. One month we might see some legal action taken against Big Pharma, or a merger of companies and another month we might see some new drug hit the market or be taken off the market.
One aspect to the 9 star is that it can reveal things which can be shocking or surprising, but the 9 star brings proof or evidence with it. For example, it is one thing to accuse a person of some crime (government, entertainment industry, etc) and another thing to provide actual evidence and name names.
Perhaps something will be revealed about the drug industry that has been a well-kept secret until now. Perhaps some brave journalist or whistle blower will take on the task of really exposing why so many holistic doctors have been murdered in the last few years? Do you think the pharmaceutical industry has Hit men? Wouldn’t that be a bomb-shell!?
Another attribute of the 9 Fire Star is its relation to the oil industry. We may see bigger fluctuations in fuel prices or shortages. God forbid another BP oil spill! Or the wars we like to start over oil. But you get my drift…
Because the 9 Fire Star is in the “center” luo shu palace, we can also say that people born in a 9 Fire Year may feel like they are in the center of everything, with energy swirling around them. It can be a more chaotic and less stable year for folks born in 1937, 1946, 1955, 1964, 1973, 1982, 1991 and 2000 (this is a nine-year repeating cycle). And in 9 Star Ki there is no distinction between males or females born in the same year, unlike one branch of Feng Shui which does a different calculation for females.
In each 9 Fire Star year, there will also be something to look at which is just as noteworthy. The 7 Metal star will be in a position that is very “cranky” for the year. I’m using that word cranky because I am writing this article for the lay person, but those who study 9 Star Ki will note that 7 Metal is on a “Reversed Luo Shu Axis” and therefore not in a good position. The 7 Metal star’s “home” is west, but it is camped out in the “east” palace each time we have a 9 star in the center palace.
The 7 star is related to all things financial, money matters and banking. Since the 7 star is not in a good place for the year, we can expect some big changes with the economy, the currencies, perhaps something big with Bitcoin, the “petro-dollar,” home loans, or really anything to do with banking institutions. Maybe the populous will start burning down banks! Nothing surprises me anymore…
On the world stage, big things may happen which could include a whole country falling into bankruptcy and the impact on its citizens. On a personal level, each individual has to mind their own finances and weigh the risks they make against their own personal luck cycles as well. The 7 star is also related to water crafts, boats and ships. We may see some accident related to a ship or a big problem with the shipping industry. If you want to go on a cruise, I recommend you check in with your astrologer for best timing or if you should go at all.
If you know Nine Star Ki, take a look at the chart for April of 1912 when the Titanic sank.
It is an amazing chart which reveals that something really bad could happen involving a ship (7 star) in not just one but two positions, fatal accident-not able to stop (paired with 6 Metal), weird events (5 star across from the 7 star twice in the same chart), problem with water (Reversed Luo Shu Axis for the month) and even a monthly 2 star in the North House (can symbolize a group of people falling into water!)
Equally, 7 Metal Star people may need to be careful about every decision they make and try to plan and execute their activities in optimal timing to compensate for the yearly cycle. The 7 Metal star people include those born in 1939, 1948, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1984, 1993 and repeating every nine years.
I will write more about the 9 stars in future articles. Consider having me review your own personal Nine Star Ki chart. I’m doing them in tandem with Feng Shui readings and updates now. The 9 Star Ki insight often fills in the missing pieces of the puzzle and picks up where Feng Shui leaves off.
Author: Kartar Diamond
Company: Feng Shui Solutions ®
From the Nine Star Ki Blog Series