Originating from China, this 4000-year-old system of astrology is possibly the oldest in the world
9 Star Ki (pronounced 'key', which is the Japanese word for subtle energy or life-force) is possibly the oldest system of astrology in the world today. Originating in China, it is closely related to the 4000 year-old Book of Changes - the 'I Ching' - whose principles are the foundations of Feng Shui, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Cycles of Light and Dark
9 Star Ki astrology is based on cycles of light and dark and the various stages the cycles move through. It is the contrast between light and dark which gives rise to the 'experience' of being alive
These cosmic cycles, eternally spiralling throughout time and space, underpin all of our experienced reality in the cosmos. Indeed, it is these cycles that give rise to the very experience of being "alive".
In order for us to be able to experience anything at all, it is necessary to have contrast. Contrast is created from duality, which is created from the coexistence of opposing forces or "energies". For example, the experience of heat is not possible without that of cold. Neither is light possible without darkness, nor love without fear.
However, it is much more than just duality. The transformations, which keep the energy in a constant state of evolution and flux, ensure the perpetuity of the entire cosmos. Without the cycles and the transformations, life as we know it would come to a standstill. It would stagnate. For example, without the death and decay; the breakdown of matter that occurs in the autumn, as well as the period of deep rest and stillness that we go through in the winter, there would be no fertile ground to fuel and support the rapid growth and blossoming that occurs in the spring.
There are many different cycles in the cosmos, each one designed for a specific purpose, shaping our reality in ways we are yet to fully understand. These cycles vary enormously in duration, purpose and complexity. Some of the cycles are extremely long, whilst some are very short. Altogether, they form an enormous and complex clock-like mechanism that shapes our reality in profound and subtle ways.
9 Star Ki is primary concerned with 9-year and 9-month cycles
9 Star Ki is primarily concerned with nine year cycles and a smaller nine month cycle within the year (with the first three months repeating in the last three months of the year).
Each of the nine stages of the yearly and monthly cycles affect us in distinct and predictable ways, both physiologically and psychologically, giving rise to nine distinct, principle personality archetypes or "Energies", represented by the numbers 1 to 9. For example, number 1 is associated with the winter or nighttime, whereas number 9 is associated with summer or the midday sun. Each principle 'Energy' also has a nine sub types for each of the nine monthly cycles. This gives rise to 81 unique personalities.
9 Star Ki determine many aspects of our personality and also reveals our potential, by describing our inherent strengths as well as our vulnerabilities, which are always inextricably linked to our strengths. It also sheds an incredible amount of light on our interactions with others and the interplay of elements that underpin our relationships.
Yin and Yang
Many ancient civilisations had an in-depth understanding of the cosmic male and female energies
Many ancient civilisations had a more in-depth understanding of the cosmic male and female energies that underpin our reality. There are many different terms used to describe these cosmic energies, such as Shakti / Shiva in Sanskrit or Yin and Yang, as described in the 'Great Principle' in the Chinese tradition. However, they are all essentially understood to be on the one hand feminine, dark, passive energy and on the other masculine light, active energy.
Yang energy moving from the stars changes in quality over a 9 year period, influencing many aspects of life on Earth
In 9 Star Ki, it is believed that the Yang energy of the universe is channelled to Earth via nine stars: Vega, Polaris and the seven stars of the Big Dipper (part of the Great Bear). The energy emanating from these stars has a different quality at different times, moving cyclically like the seasons. The different qualities of the Yang energy affects many aspects of our reality on Earth, such as the climate, weather patterns, seasons and subtler effects such as those on human consciousness and our natural life cycles. the and giving rise to the concept of seasons. Ancient peoples also understood that the Yin energies emanating from the earth shaped our physical environment. It is the interaction between the energy of the universe and the energy of the earth that was believed to influence the energetic dynamic of the year in which we were born, thus influencing our character.
Yin energy rises from the Earth in the spring, Yang energy descends from the heavens in the Autumn
Yin energy rises from the Earth in the spring, expanding and reaching its fullest expression in high summer. In the autumn, Yang energy descends from the heavens to the earth, cooling, consolidating and contracting the energy. The energy reaches its densest and most inactive state in mid winter, which represents the pure potential for the next cycle's period of growth that will come in the spring.
Each of the 9 Energies is considered Yin or Yang
Each of the nine Energies is either Yin or Yang. This binary classification is the simplest and most fundamental layer to the 9 Star Ki system. It should be pointed out that using such a simple classifiction does not yield precise or detailed picture about a particular Energy, but it is helpful to understand the concept of Yin and Yang when considering 9 Star Ki.
Below are some of the fundamental attributes associated with Yin and Yang:
|Hidden potential||Outward expression|
Nothing in the Universe is entirely Yin or Yang.
In Nature, nothing is entirely Yin or entirely Yang. The Yin Yang symbol expresses this perfectly, with each half containing a piece of the opposite at its core. A tree has a trunk, branches and leaves, which represent the Yin element. Its roots, on the other hand, go deep into the ground, and represent the Yang.
Someone who is more emotionally or spiritually oriented could be said to be more Yin, whereas someone who is more rational, practical and grounded is more Yang.
Winter and the night are more Yin. Summer and thee day are more Yang.
The winter, when it's dark and cold outside, is more Yin. This is a time when we are more passive and introverted. The summer, when there is more light and warmth, is more Yang. This is a time when we are more active and extroverted. A similar distinction can be made between the day and the night.
The Three Modalities
9 Star Ki has 3 'Modalities', similar to those of the Zodiac
The nine Energies in the 9 Star Ki system, as well as being grouped by Yin or Yang and by the five elements, can also be split into three groups, called the 'Modalities'. This is very similar to the Modalities described in the Zodiac. It is another simple yet useful 'map' that can be used to understand people's fundamental nature.
You may find it interesting to know that the 9 Star Ki Modalities overlap to a large extent with the Modalities of the Zodiac. The same astral bodies are at play!
The Five Elements
Each of the 9 Energies is associated with 1 of the 5 elements: Water, Tree, Fire, Earth and Metal, which corresponds to a specific point in the cycle
Each of the nine Energies are associated with one of the five elements: Water, Tree, Fire, Earth and Metal. Each of the elements is associated with a season, a time of day, as well as a stage in the development from birth to death. A more accurate and helpful description is the 'five transformations', as in essence, each element represents a transformation from one 'state' of energy to the next.
|Tree||Spring, Morning, Birth / Childhood||Rising / Expanding|
|Fire||Summer, Midday, Adulthood||Greatest Expansion / Fullest Expression|
|Metal||Autumn, Evening, Old Age||Falling / Contracting|
|Water||Winter, Night, Death||Greatest Contraction / Dormancy|
|Earth||Transition Between Seasons, Times of Day, Life Stages|
The Earth element is often considered the transition between each of the stages
The Earth element is often considered a transitional point between the stages. For example, it describes the phase between seasons when the weather could easily revert to the previous season for a few days and then suddenly to the next in an unpredictable way.
The Earth element can also be placed between Fire and Metal, when discussing the 5 Transformations
However, for the purposes of understanding other aspects of 9 Star Ki (which we will discuss below), it is helpful to consider the element Earth as positioned between Fire and Metal, during the late summer, as seen in the following diagram:
Fire element is the point of fullest expansion, associated with high summer and the midday sun
The Fire element represents the full expression and expansion of energy within the cycle. It moves upwards and expands outwards. It is associated with high summer and the midday sun and is hot and dry.
The Fire element is connected with our fame and outward appearance.
Fire Energies tend to be very expressive, passionate, warm and sociable and can be highly inspirational individuals. They tend to have great clarity and can often steer a path through troubled waters.
Fire people often possess great communication skills and emotional sensitivity.
Conversely, Fire Energies, when out of balance, can be insecure, proud, vein and overly critical.
Fire people are typically quick to forgive and forget.
Unlike Earth Energies, Fire Energies are not especially practical when it comes to everyday affairs.
Fire Energies often possess much flare and appearances are important to them. They often take great care in choosing clothing, the contents of their homes, etc.
The Earth element is associated with late summer or afternoon. It also represents the transition between stages.
The Earth element represents the stage that follows the Fire element. One could say that it is made up of the ashes from the fire. In Traditional Chinese medicine the Earth element is associated with later summer or afternoon. However, the Earth element also represents the transition between all of the other stages. As such, it contains the compost from the breaking down of plant matter during the autumn (Metal element), moisture from the Water element (winter) and the roots of trees and plants (Tree element or spring).
Earth people are stable, supportive and nurturing to all of the elements. They tend to be grounded, earthy, practical and patient.
Whilst Earth Energies are pretty resilient and calm, they may be prone to worry and anxiety, especially with regards to others.
Earth people tend to move slowly and steadily, learning from past experiences. They may appear resistent to advice from others and may be stubborn to change instigated by others.
Earth Energies often have a strong connection with the land and enjoy gardening or nature walks and the like. They tend to be good with their hands, be it in the kitchen, the garden, the work place or elsewhere.
Metal element is associated with the Autumn or evening, when the light is fading and we go indoors to reflect on the previous day or season
The Metal element is associated with Autumn and late afternoon or evening. It is a stage when the light is fading and the energy is moving downwards and inwards, condensing and consolidating. Autumn is also the time of the harvest, when we begin to gather the fruits of our labour and go indoors to reflect on the past season or day.
Similarly, Metal Energies are very good at digesting, consolidating and reflecting upon information. They have a wide lens and tend to stay abreast of current affairs, entertainment, the arts, literature, politics, etc. They often accumulate impressive amounts of knowledge and tend to have a very balanced sense of what is going on around them and in the world at large.
Metal people tend to be thoughtful and observant, paying careful attention to detail. They typically have an objective and balanced way at looking at things. Justice and fairness are often important to them.
Metal Energies often give good, objective advice and are clear and decisive. They tend to keep their cool easily under duress. They may also carry a natural sense of authority.
Metal people tend to be critical thinkers, with a strong tendency towards rationality. They are usually direct and straight to the point. Sometimes the way Metal Energies communicate can come across as sharp, blunt, overly critical or insensitive to others. However, the ability to point out uncomfortable truths is an invaluable skill which can be unappealing to the other elements.
The Water element is associated with the winter and the night
The Water element is associated with winter and the night. It is the darkest stage of the cycle when things move into dormancy and stillness. It is a time of deep rest and regeneration as well as time for reflection and dreaming. The Water element is the result of the breakdown of all of the energy from the previous cycle. It represents pure potential.
Many people dislike the winter season, as the weather is often harsh, cold and dark. However, the importance of this stage in the cycle cannot be overemphasied. Without this crucial time of death and rebirth, the other cycles would not be possible. We simply we would not have the energy or the perspective to enjoy them.
Water Energies are typically the deepest thinkers and "feelers" of the 9 Star Ki system. If the Fire element draws its strengths from the clarity of illumination, Water draws its wisdom from the power of feeling and inner knowing.
Tree element is associated with the dawn or spring. It represents growth and new beginnings
The Tree element is associated with the dawn or spring and embodies the power of growth and new beginnings. Tree people have plenty of vitality and energy and are typically optimistic and forward-looking.
Whilst Metal Energies like to digest and consolidate that which is already manifest, Tree Energies are much more focussed on generating new ideas and solutions. The trajectory of their thinking often resembles an actual tree, moving upwards and outwards, forever branching off into new directions. This can be overwhelming to other Energies, who may struggle to keep up. However, it is also the source of their creative genius.
There is often a pioneering quality to Tree people and whilst they are excellent at getting things started, in their constant pursuit of new pastures, they may not stick around long enough to figure out the details, which they often leave to others. Is especially true of 3 Tree people.
The creative power of Tree Energies can lead to some truly ground-breaking and ingenious developments. However, Trees can also get carried away and become grandiose or unrealistic at times. For this reason, Tree people need the efforts and input of the other Energies in order to refine and ground their vision.
Tree Energies can be unpredictable, changeable and even impulsive. This can be challenging for other Energies, especially for Earth and Metal people, who are more grounded and stable in their approach.
The Five Transformations
The 5 transformatios decribe the way in which each of the 5 elements interacts with the others
Each of the 5 elements relates to the other elements in 3 distinct ways, called "transformations". Traditional Chinese medicine use these same transformations to help make medical diagnoses, as well as to prescribe appropriate treatments to bring the body back into balance.
There are 3 different types of transformation or relationship:
Same Element (also known as the 'Sibling Relationship')
In this instance, both Energies share the same element. For example, it could be two 3 Tree Energies or one 3 Tree and one 4 Tree Energy. This combination tends to lead to a strong "sibling" relationship in which there is an effortless and profound understanding between both parties. There is a great potential for mutual understanding, compassion and harmony in the relationship as well as little antagonism or misunderstanding, although it can still happen, of course. However, this type of relationship typically does not result in very passionate romantic relationships as it may lack "spark" and chemistry. It can, however, lead to lifelong friendships and partnerships.
The Supportive Transformation (also known as the 'Cycle of Growth')
In this instance, one of the Energies supports and nourishes the next. For example, Tree Energies support Fire Energies. This is also known as the "Parent / Child" relationship. On the surface, it may appear that it is more of a one-way street. However, in reality, it does work both ways, even if the bulk of the support flows from the parent to the child. This is typically a very stable relationship and as the elements are not the same, there is generally more chemistry than in the previous transformation we discussed, in which the elements are the same.
Traditionally, in parts of China and Japan, families would consult 9 Star Ki astrologers when arranging marriages in order to ensure the maximum possible harmony and compatibility between the married couple. The Supportive Transformation was considered to be the most harmonious and favourable combination.
The Supportive Transformation specific to the elements
|Water > Tree||The Water element nourishes the Tree element, helping it to grow; to develop its creativity and natural exploratory and pioneering nature. For example, Water people tend to show a natural fascination in the ideas of Tree people. Also, being flexible, they can keep up wiht the fast and dynamic pace of Trees, encouraging them and even providing additional ideas and inspiration.|
|Tree > Fire||The Tree element nourishes the Fire by providing constant fuel to burn. For example, Tree people are often naturally complimentary and express their appreciation for others. This helps to boost the somewhat delicate confidence of Fire Energies, so that they can continue to burn brightly and inspire those around them.|
|Fire > Earth||Fire element provides illumination, clarity, warmth and inspiration to Earth elements, supporting them in their endeavours. Earth people are not the most receptive to advice, especially from Tree people (from whom advice may seem like a threat). However, the warm, passionate, inspiring and gently elucidating quality of Fire tends to be much appreciated by those who are Earth element|
|Earth > Metal||The steady, stable and reliable quality of Earth is extremely beneficial and supportive for Metal elements. Metal people are also quite reliable and steady by nature and may struggle a little with the more impulsive and dynaic Tree and Fire elements. Additionally, Metal people can, at time, be quite sharp in the way they communicate. Earth people are typically far more receptive and less impacted by Metal's communication style, resulting in good communication and understanding betwen these elements|
|Metal > Water||Metal people bring great clarity to the Water element, which can, at times, get a little lost in deep waters and lose direction. Just as a knife cannot cut water, Water people typically do not feel cut by the generally more sharp quality that Metal people express. To the contrary, many Water people find the sharpness and directness extremely helpful and clarifying.|
The Challenging Transformation (also known as the 'Cycle of Destruction')
This type of relationship can easily be misunderstood. There is nothing inherently bad about the challenging or 'antagonistic' transformation. In fact, it is an essential part of life. In Traditional Chinese medicine, which uses the elements to understand the organs and their relationship to one another and to one's overall health, it is said that the challenging element is vitally important in order to calm down an overactive one which it controls, in order to bring balance back to the body. For example, the water element is said to govern the kidneys. During accuate kidney failure, there is also a negative impact on the heart (Fire element), which is no longer brought into balance by the Water element, resulting in an increased risk of heart attack.
This combination can be one of the most magnetic and results in the most personal growth. There is often a lot of natural chemistry between people with opposite elements. It is also the combination that is most likely to lead to misunderstandings and conflict. Sometimes this combination can lead to the element that is being challenged feeling thwarted and stifled. This is particularly the case if the challenging element is in a more powerful position emotionally or energetically. For example, a Tree person may feel as though all of their creativity - their "branches", so to speak - have been chopped down before they even had a chance to develop and explore any potential that may have been present. Or, a Fire person may feel their fire has been put out by a Water person, who wanted to do a deep dive into the depths of their terrain. However, as much as there can be greater conflict in this combination, it is in the resolution of this conflict that much progress is made and ultimately challenge leads to greater growth. It really comes down to the delicate balance between "carrot" and "stick".
The Challenging Transformation relative to the elements
|Water > Fire||The Water element runs deep and loves to explore the emotional world, flowing endlessly from one vantage point to the next. Fire people, on the other hand, are more comfortable with the perspective of the midday sun, where everything is illuminated and in plain view. What can therefore happen, is that Fire people can feel rather 'lost' in the world of Water people. They don't have much common ground and it can result in their flame going out. Water people also typically react to Fire's clearly defined opinions and perpsectives on situations, as well as what they view to be right and wrong or appropriate and not. To Water people, the opinions of Fires can sometimes appear harsh, judgmental, narrow-minded and lacking in empathy and they can feel compelled to draw their attention to the deeper, subtler, more diffuse layers of a situation, which can cause Fires to feel confused and misunderstood. However, when Fire people are out of balance, they can indeed become overly critical and narrow-minded and in those situations, the input of Water element brings balance, by injecting a much welcome dose of empathy and emotional sensitivity.|
|Tree > Earth||Tree people love change and are constantly creating new solutions and ideas, which they pursue with passion. This can be extremely disruptive to Earth people, who tend to dislike change not instigated by others. Earth people can feel pushed by Tree people. One can easily invisage a vigorous young sappling breaking up the Earth in the spring time, as it begins its growth upwards. However, when out of balance, Earth people tend to get a bit stuck and stagnate and so the fresh, enthusiastic input of the Tree element is often the perfect remedy to get the Earth person unstuck.|
|Fire > Metal||Metal people tend to be pragmatic, critical and clear and generally have a broad perspective and lots of common sense. However, they can also become overly rigid and stuck in one particular point of view. Fire Energies, who benefit from the perspective of the midday sun, often have a clearer, more balanced perspective than Metal Energies, as well as a warm, dynamic quality to them which is particularly good at gently melting and softening the rigidity of Metal people.|
|Earth > Water||Water people, with their deep, flowing, exploratory nature, can sometimes become undisciplined, chaotic and too thinly spread. Without a container, they can lack direction and purpose. Earth people can be of great importance in helping to provide some structure and support to Water Energies. However, too much Earth element can be overly restrictive and rigid, thwarting Water's natural flexible, exploratory nature.|
|Metal > Tree||Tree people are highly creative, forward-thinking individuals and can be quite pioneering. However, many of their ideas require a great deal of refinement before they are of use. Metal people, with their broad perspective, common sense and critical eye are especially good at seeing the potential pitfalls in the ideas brought forward by Tree people. When this interaction works in a balanced way, the results can be spectacular (one might think of a beautifully pruned tree). However, when exposed to too much or too agressive Metal element, Tree's natural creative powers may be stifled, leading to anger and frustration.|
The Nine Main Energies
The Fundamental Energy description alone is not very granular and only describes one aspect of the chart.
Please note that the 'Fundamental Energy' or 'Adult Persona' alone does not give a very granular description of a person. The 'Character Energy', as well as the 'Surface Energy' play a significant role in shaping a person's character traits. However, the Fundamental Energy does give a very useful overview. Also, of the three components of a personal chart, the Fundamental Energy has the most significant influence on a person's nature and is especially useful when trying to determine the kind of dynamic that is likely to exist between two people. There is more information on that in the Relationships section.
Water people can often appear as quiet, brooding and contemplative, like a deep lake or ocean. On the other hand, just like a bubbling mountain stream, Water people may also be lively and vivacious with a natural exploratory nature. Indeed, many famous explorers were born under this sign.
Water needs a container, just as the river needs the river banks or the ocean needs the shore. Without this structure, Water Energies may become too dispersed and chaotic.
Water is the element most associated with intuition and the emotions. Indeed, Water people are often very sensitive and intuitive and can make great counsellors. Of all the energes, Waters are perhaps the most empathetic and often possess great diplomacy, as they can readily see all sides of an argument.
It is important for Water Energies to have their own space. They are often fiercely independent. Sometimes Water Energies can take this trait to the extreme and become loners or even hermits.
The Water element is associated with the kidneys and reproductive organs. Water Energies typically have a high sex drive and people often find them very sexually alluring. They are not typically flirtatious by nature, however, as they tend to be more secretive when it comes to matters of the heart
Water people tend to be flexible, with a "go with the flow" kind of attitude. Contrast with the more static, immovable nature of Earth element.
Soil Energies are maternal and caring in nature and are happiest when they are serving and supporting others. They are not natural born leaders, but work diligently and tirelessly to get the job done. Number two soil Energies are probably the most reliable of all the Energies.
Soil Energies are generally patient, resilient and calm, although they may be prone to worry and anxiety, especially with regards to others.
Soil Energies are generally very sociable and public-spirited and can make excellent teachers and organisers. They ideally need to be part of a group, be it family, work or elsewhere, and can often lose direction without a group's support.
Soil Energies may be prone to being overly fastidious in their work and must be careful not to get too bogged down with detail.
Soil Energies have a strong connection with the land and often enjoy gardening, nature walks and the like. They are also frequently very practical and good with their hands, be it in the kitchen, the garden, the work place or elsewhere.
Thunder Energies embody the power of spring and have plenty of vitality and energy. They are more about doing than being and like to take action and initiate.
Thunder Energies are generally very positive and joyful, and their optimism and abundant energy as well as their ability to take strong action makes them great pioneers in any field they turn their attention to. However, in their constant pursuit of new pastures, they may not stick around long enough to figure out the details, which they often leave to others. Thunder Energies often have great bursts of energy which can lead to great action. These bursts of energy and movement may be interspersed with periods of lethargy and even exhaustion if care is not taken to take sufficient rest.
Like thunder, three Thunder Energies can, at times, be explosive and unpredictable, a trait which some may find overwhelming. However, it is this quality which enables Thunder Energies to instigate great change. Those who dislike change and interruption may dislike the vigorous and optimistic nature of those born under this star.
Three Thunder Energies tend to be very open and frank in their communication, sometimes to the point of offending others, albeit unintentionally. One could say they lack a brain-mouth filter. This openness also applies to their charm and great sense of humour, which can sometimes get them out of the trouble their tongue gets them into.
Being highly creative, Thunder Energies can sometimes get carried away and develop grandiose or unrealistic ideas. For this reason, they often benefit greatly from the input of other Energies to refine and ground their vision.
Being the eldest son of the family, Thunder Energies often develop early in life, with success in childhood. Men under this sign often have a strong virile nature, but equally, may be extremely sensitive and gentle.
Wind Energies, as the name suggests, can express anything from stillness to a tornado. This Energy is one of the most changeable and indeed emotional of the nine Energies.
Like Thunder Energies, also of the element Tree, Wind Energies can be impulsive at times. However, they typically have a gentler, steadier nature than 3 Tree Energies. Similarly, they are generally a lot more reliable and thoughtful than 3 Energies. They are practical and possess much common sense as well as sensitivity to others.
The sensitivity and receptiveness to others displayed by Wind Energies can make them great counsellors. On the other hand, these Energies can also be gullible and easily influenced by or overly trusting of others. It may be wise for 4 Tree Energies to seek the council of others before making a long-term commitment to a project or relationship.
Being highly sensitive also means that Wind Energies are greatly appreciative of music, literature and the arts.
It is important for Wind Energies to communicate and they enjoy deep conversation and the exchange of ideas. They can also be excellent speakers possessing great charisma and a strong ability to influence others.
Core Earth Energies are at the centre of the system and this is often reflected in life, as they are often at the centre of everything they do, in the personal life and at work. Indeed, Core Earth Energies may even feel left out if this is not so.
In their private life, Core Earth Energies tend to be outspoken and often take the lead, with others coming to them for guidance and support. Whilst this can be fulfilling, these Energies must be cautious not to allow themselves to be drained, as they can give too much of themselves, to the point of having next to no time to recuperate.
In Nine Star astrology, the 5 Earth House represents the beginning and end of a cycle and many 5 Earth Energies lievs' are characterised by ups and downs and, at times, extremes. However, Core Earth Energies also possess more resilience than any other of the Energies and their ability to learn and bounce back from difficulties is quite remarkable. A good comparison is the toddler, wandering around wide-eyed and with the most incredible determination, who keeps falling over, only to pick themselves up again and again and carry on. They are unstoppable and possess tremendous strength in their bellies.
Core Earth Energies can be unorthodox in their approach and even a little over-ambitious and impractical at times. In this regard, they differ from the other Earth Energies.
Core Earth Energies find it difficult to take advice from others and often perceive it as a threat. Similarly, they are especially sensitive to criticism and may become overly defensive or even more determined to things their own way. Indeed, Core Earths often prefer to learn form their own mistakes, which is related to the fact that, being the seventh child, they are essentially "outside" of the family.
5 Earth Energies can be extremely bold and determined and often bring about great change in whatever they get involved.
In relationships, people naturally gravitate to wards 5 Earth Energies, but being at the centre can mean that these Energies find themselves in unusual circumstances at times, such as being in a love triangle or getting involved with someone much younger or older. There may be further complications such as divorces, stepchildren, etc.
Heaven Energies are natural leaders and are comfortable in positions of authority, whether it be in politics and the military, fashion or the arts.
In addition, their strong, consistent nature means that many 6 Metal Energies have broken new ground in their field and paved the way for future generations.
Heaven Energies can be very moral and noble, with a strong sense of what is right and wrong, which they are not afraid to communicate to others. They must be careful they do not become overly judgmental or intolerant of others or of themselves. Heaven Energies are often quietly self-critical and perfectionistic and for this reason, they may take criticism very badly.
The three consistent Yang lines in their trigram can make Heaven Energies very rational and pragmatic in what they do. However, this may also lead to rigidity and being overly cautious at times.
6 Metal Energies can be social and active but are generally far more reserved than their Yin Metal counterpart.
Heaven Energies place a lot of importance on family values and, being natural leaders, they are often very influential within their families and in the larger community.
The strong Yang energy of Heaven is also reflected in their loyalty to their loved ones, especially in romantic relationships, where they like to take the lead.
Despite being governed by the full force of Yang, the opposite can sometimes be expressed in these Energies in the form of strong intuition, empathy and a lot of wisdom with regards to relationships.
The season associated with this Energy is late autumn, when the harvest is in and people are enjoying the fruits of their labours, celebrating and having fun. For this reason, 7 Metal Energies have a propensity for being pleasure seekers and more than any of the other Energies enjoy spending money on fashion, entertainment and socialising.
Lake Energies are often great hosts and unlike their Yang Metal counterparts are often highly receptive to others and very good listeners. They also have a great sense of fun and optimism and often possess a great sense of humour too. Similarly, they make excellent speakers and orators, thanks to their poise and sense of timing.
Another interesting quality of these Energies is that they often appear younger than their biological age and may even have a childlike quality to them. They are often quite charming and charismatic and can even be flamboyant.
As with 6 Metal Energies, Lakes make good leaders but their style is often gentler and more diplomatic than that of Heavens. They tend to offer advice based on what they observe around them and their suggestions are often extremely valuable, thanks to their keen observational skills and pragmatism.
Lake Energies are often free-spirited and independent and make be reluctant to enter into long-term commitments. However, they do also make great partners thanks to their consistent and reliable nature.
Lake Energies may swing from the extroverted, fun-loving side of their character to the deeper, more reserved and reflective one.
Being the youngest daughter of the family, Lakes benefit from the accumulated wisdom of the rest of the family.
Being the youngest son, Mountain Energies benefit from the combined experiences of the older siblings. In addition, these Energies often accumulate wealth from an early age, through their own hard work or sometimes an inheritance. Success in achieving material wealth, however, is more a product of Mountain Energies' singlemindedness, than it is their creative talent or charm.
This is the more Yang of the Earth Energies and people under this star often move slowly and steadily, learning from past experiences.
Like a mountain, 8 Earth Energies are solid and resilient with enormous reserves of energy, although they may need to frequently retreat into their 'cave', which can make them seem reserved or aloof, at times. This tendency can also make it harder to get close to these Energies. Although, when provoked or challenged, these usually cool characters can often deliver a surprisingly powerful argument.
Another trait of 8 Earth Energies is their acute sense of justice. It is not uncommon for these Energies to get involved in human rights.
Combining the qualities of strength and contemplation, the Mountain is often associated with change and revolution. However, like other Earth Energies, Mountains can be rather resistant to change not initiated by them.
On of the greatest strengths of these individuals is their poise and solid, reliable nature, able to ride out most difficulties in life. Their hidden strength can be of enormous help both at home and in the workplace.
Fire Energies are bestowed with great enlightenment and clarity and can often steer a path through troubled waters. They are often highly inspirational individuals who are often drawn to situations which require their brilliant capacity for bringing about change.
Of all nine Energies, 9 Fires are the most adept at and comfortable with communication, especially with regards to emotional and personal experiences. This quality coupled with a warm and passionate nature can make 9 fires especially suited to theatre and film.
On the one hand, these individuals can be enlightened and liberal, but on the other they can be proud, vein and overly critical.
Behind the strong, successful surface lies a more sensitive and insecure nature that may erupt when offended. However, these individuals are quick to forgive and forget.
Like 1 Water Energies, 9 Fires need their space and do not like to have it invaded. For this reason, they may, at times, keep people at arms' length.
Despite having a great sense of clarity and ability to see the big picture, Fires are not especially practical when it comes to everyday affairs, such as DIY or setting up electronic equipment.
Fire Energies often possess much flare and appearances are important to them. This can be seen in the great care they take in choosing clothing, the contents of their homes, etc. They may even judge others quite harshly if they appear slovenly, sloppy or lacking good manners.
Fire Energies are inspirational and unforgettable and the world would certainly be a much duller place without their uplifting and colourful nature.
The Nine Character Energies
Please note that the 'Deeper Character' Energy alone does not give a very detailed description of a person. It is important to also take into account the 'Fundamental Adult Nature', as well as the 'Surface Energy'. However, it does give a useful overview of their deeper character. The Character Energy also has quite a significant influence on intimate relationships, where the more emotional aspects of ourselves tend to be revealed. There is more information on that in the Relationships section.
Water characters may appear rather shy, reserved and aloof at times and tend to keep their thoughts and emotions to themselves. However, sometimes the Water character can be expressed as the exact opposite, appearing quite sociable, vivacious and bubbly.
Water characters can be incredibly charming, charismatic and deeply alluring. Some would say there is a somewhat mysterious quality to them.
Those with Water as their middle number tend to go with the flow and may struggle to assert themselves in stressful situations, opting for the route of least confrontation. They may regret this later on. Howevewr, when inspired, they can surprise those around them by their sudden decisiveness.
The Water character is also deeply intuitive with tremendous compassion. People are naturally drawn to this quality.
Soil characters tend to be stable, reliable and helpful people. They are often quite dedicated to their families as well as to their work, where they like to get to get stuck in and actively participate in activities.
Soil characters are usually tactful and diplomatic. They are quite willing to put others' needs first. In fact they get a deep sense of satisfaction from it.
2 Earth characters also need to be careful not to overgive. They should factor in plenty of rest. Their kind and supportive nature can sometimes result in others taking advantage of them.
Despite their helpful and sociable nature, 2 Earth characters are not the most confident and require the support of others. They like to feel appreciated and recognised. Too much criticism may really knock their generally delicate self esteem, causing them to become withdrawn.
The 3 Tree character has the full force of spring in its nature, or the dawn. Thunder characters are forward-thinking and enjoy initiating new projects and discussing new concepts.
3 Tree characters tend to be very lively and energetic. They can also be very verbally expressive and some of the quieter Energies may find them a overly talkative at times.
Whilst Thunder characters are full of bright new ideas, they tend to lose interest quickly and may not stick around to see things through. However, when working as a team, this is not a problem, as the other, more stable Energies can pick up the baton and run with their creations.
A common trait of Thunder characters is to take on too many things at once, which can get rather chaotic at times.
Thunder chracters tend to have a very adventurous and even impulsive nature. They have a strong presence and their mood often affects everyone around them, for better or for worse.
Those with a 3 Tree character can be very competitive and are often sore losers. They can take defeat very personally. They also tend to like to get their own way and can express great frustration when things don't go to plan.
The Wind character is exceptionally adaptable. However, they do require quite a bit of support from others.
4 Tree is also called 'Wind' and this is quite an apt description, as these characters can be extremely changeable, scatty and unpredictable at times, especially when under stress.
4 Trees have a sensitive and emotional nature, which makes them prone to mood swings at times. They are very open and expressive but gentler than the 3 Tree character.
Wind characters often need to feel appreciated. They are naturally helpful and have an open, trusting nature. However, care must be taken not to be gullible.
Wind characters have a way with words can be extremely influential and persuasive when they want to be. However, this goes both ways and they are equally very easily influenced by others and can sometimes be led astray. It is a good idea to seek the advice of trusted friends or family members before embarking on a new partnership, as they can be easily exploited.
4 Trees, like their Yang 3 Tree counterpart, do not cope well with stress.
4 Tree characters are extremely persistent people who are not afraid of hard work. They like to get on with things. However, they do not delegate easily.
5 Earth characters are born with natural leadership potential and often have a bold and assertive nature. They can be demanding at times, to the point of aggressiveness.
5 is at the centre of the 9 Star Ki system and this gives 5 soil characters a great capacity to influence those around them.
Core Earth characters are extremely persevering. They can also express different extremes. On the one hand, they can be creative and ambitious, whilst on the other, they can stagnate and get lost in apathy.
5 Earth characters are not typically receptive to advice from others. They learn more readily from their own mistakes and possess a tremendous ability to overcome difficulties in life.
Core Earth charactrs are very reliable and supportive and have a genuine concern for those around them. They can make great sacrifices to help those they care about.
6 Metal characters tend to have a very direct, down-to-earth and uncompromising nature. They tend to have very clear opinions about what is fair and ethical and what is not and can be quite opinionated and inflexible in their views. They are certainly not afraid to express their opinion and can be quite sharp and blunt in the way they communicate at times.
The Heaven character as tremendous leadership potential and others are easily influenced by their actions and opinions.
6 Metal characters are perfectionists and can be highly self-critical. They do not take criticism well from others. They have enormous pride and it hurts them deeply if they feel they are losing face.
Conversely, 6 Metal characters sometimes express a quieter, more introverted side to their personality. Some can be deeply intuitive and sensitive and can make great counsellors or therapists.
Another tendency of Heaven characters is to play their cards close to their chest. It can be hard to get close to them sometimes.
6 Metal characters benefit from the presence of softer Yin characters, which balance out their strong Yang nature. They can benefit greatly from feedback that can be given in a non-intimidating way, so as not to hurt their delecate pride. The presence of gentler Yin energy in their lives can help 6 Heaven characters from becoming too rigid and domineering in their pursuits.
7 Metal characters are generally very easy-going and adaptable. Many express themselves with great diplomacy and they often have a great capacity to listen to others and to make them feel understood and validated, thanks to their patient and compassionate nature.
Lake characters typically make great hosts, owing to their charming, laid-back nature. They are usually very expressive and entertaining, with a great sense of humour. They are often extremely witty, and of all the nine characters are possibly the most persuasive when speaking in public, which they tend to do eloquently and with great poise.
Some 7 Metal caracters can appear nervous. However, this is not generally a true reflection of their deeper nature, which is often secure.
Despite their calm outward appearance, Lake characters often possess great emotional depth. The imagery of the Lake is quite apt: the surface of the water which appears calm; however, beneath the surface are deep waters.
Another trait of Lake characters, which is possibly connected to the melancholic nature of Autumn, is their tendency to become nostalgic or melancholic. This can also be seen in their taste in music or other arts. Lake characters can also be deeply private and may, at times, appear aloof and withdrawn.
Within the family of the I Ching, 7 Metal characters are represented as the Youngest Daughter. As such, they benefit from the accumulated knowledge of the older siblings and family members. Indeed, many 7 Lake characters accumulate a great deal of knowledge and wisdom throughout their lives and those around them can benefit greatly from their counsel.
8 Earth characters are by far the most private of all of the Energies. They value their own space and can be verbally very uncommunicative. Some 8 Mountain characters may find other channels for self expression, such as music, art or through their work.
The Mountain is a good description of this character, with its hard exterior protecting a much softer underbelly, which is usually only revealed once people get to know them better. Many friends and family turn to Mountain characters for help as they can be extremely supportive and caring. They can be like a rock.
8 Earth characters usually appear calm and immovable. However, they can also express a more impulsive and energetic or restless nature. They can be quite adventurous and free-spirited. However, at other times they can be self-indulgent and greedy.
Perhaps the greatest strength of the Mountain character is their single- When inspired, nothing will deter them from getting the job done. At times, this may go to the extreme and become fanatical.
Fire characters are some of the brightest and liveliest of all the nine characters.
They tend to wear their heart on their sleeve and can be exceptionally warm and affectionate.
9 Fire characters have a bubbly personality with lots of charisma and often possess great clarity and intuition, whch can help to shine light on situations.
Sometimes Fire characters can tend towards being proud and vain and they may have a self-centred streak.
Fire characters can act rather impulsively and don't always think through the consequences of their actions.
9 Fire characters have plenty of initiative but are not always the best at seeing them through.
Of all the nine Energies, 9 Fires are possibly the most present. They tend to live in the moment and know how to experience life to the full. The Fire character, with its brilliance, genius and generosity can be a true inspiration to others.
9 Star Ki Personal Chart
The 9 Star Ki personal chart is comprised of three numbers, each from 1 to 9, resulting in 81 unique character profiles, spanning nine years.
First Number - Fundamental Energy / Adult Persona
The first number is determined by the year we were born and corresponds to our fundamental nature; the way we essentially view and make sense of the world. It is the Energy most strongly associated with our adult selves and only becomes relevant after the age of 18. Before that, this is determined by the second number.
Second Number - Character Energy / Inner Child
The second number is determined by the month in which we were born and corresponds to our deeper, more emotional nature or inner child. This is typically only revealed when we establish a closer connection with someone. It is often the Energy that is expressed when we are emotional or distressed in some way. It is also the predominant Energy of children, until the age of 18, when we complete the first two nine year cycles of our life.
Third Number - External Persona
The third number corresponds to our external persona; the first impression we often give to the world. It also has a greater influence on how we tend to act socially.
The unique blend of all 3 numbers creates 81 distinct personalities
The unique blend of all three numbers creates 81 distinct profiles and influences our personality, our strengths and weaknesses, our emotions, the way we process information and make sense of the world around us. It also has a major influence on the way we interact with others (there is more information on this in the Five Elements section). None of the Energies or profiles are inherently superior or inferior to any other. Each Energy represents a unique expression of the divine and symbolises a specific stage in the cycle of light and dark; of birth and death.
9 Star Ki is uncannily accurate
9 Star Ki is uncannily accurate, despite individual upbringings and cultural differences. It is natural to find some attributes associated with our Energy more flattering than others. In 9 Star Ki, it is understood that our strengths are inextricably linked to our vulnerabilities. Nobody can be and do all things. Our 9 Star Ki personal chart exerts a significant influence over our potential and the attributes that are most likely to be expressed both when we are in balance and when we are out of balance.
That being said, some people may feel their chart does not accurately portray them. This is especially true when some of their potential is blocked. Of course, there are exceptions to the rules and there can be hidden factors at play that are hard to predict.