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Nine Star Ki

Nine Star Ki Astrology

Legend tells us that around the year 2205 BC, a man named Yu of Hsia, watched a noble Tortoise emerge from the legendary Yellow River, carrying on its huge back, nine numbers that were arranged in a grid pattern. This pattern became to be known as the Lo-shu and is the predecessor of the Later Heaven pakua.

by Anthea Appel

Nine hundred years earlier, the shaman king Fu Hsi, described the Earlier Heaven pakua, which appeared to him on the back of a horse that emerged from the same Yellow River. This pattern was called the Ho-tu and to understand its meaning, is to understand the structure of the Universe.

But, it is the Lo-shu that we see incorporated in the bagua, or pakua, the kua system, the Eight Aspirations and the Flying Star method. Where the Ho-tu pakua describes the order of things, the Lo-shu predicts the changes of Heaven and Earth, the cycles of the seasons, and the wind and the water.


Lo-shu Magic Square



9 Star Ki




Hou-Tu Grid

What I'm going to talk about is the 9 Star Ki Astrology, which is a Japanese system of divination based on the Chinese Lo-shu (In China, its referred to as White & Purple Star Astrology). It is an astrological system that uses your birthdate to determine your personality, emotional character and outward behavior. This system does not determine your individual element or auspicious direction. If you want to know your element, then I will direct you towards Four Pillar of Destiny Astrology-a whole different ball game. Or, if you're looking to find the 'right' direction to point your head while sleeping, I believe you'll find that in the kua system. However, 9 Star Ki does have something called the Ki-energy of Direction of Movement, and that tells us, if you travel in a direction that is deemed unfavorable for your Principle number for that particular time period, it could prove unlucky. But, let's worry about that at some other time.

Take a look at the 9 Star Ki square that's illustrated above. It's important to memorize the movement from one box to the next. It looks like a puzzle, doesn't it? I'm going to assume you have some knowledge of the baqua and the Five Elements. If you do, this will help. Here's a way to help you memorize the puzzle. We start at 3. Why? Because, that's Chen on the baqua and that represents 'young wood', early spring. In other words: New Beginnings. Then, move to Hsun (4), 'mature wood'. From there, it's the Tai chi (5), to Chyan (6), to Dui (7), to Ken (8), to Li (9), to Kan (1) and then to Kun (2), the trigram that represents Mother on the baqua, which is nourishment. This is the movement of chi by the second, by the minute, by the hour, by the day and by the year. It always starts at Chen and ends at Kun, the place we stop to nourish ourselves before starting again.

Below, are the ten charts of the Movement of Chi, notice how the number five moves throughout the chart.

4. 1988
5. 1999
6. 2000
7. 2001

To find the chart of your birth, count backward from the year 2000, where 9 is in the center. For example, lets take someone's birth date that is April 7th, 1964. If we keep counting back to 1964 we will see 9 in the center again. A birthday of February 13th 1952 we will find 3 in the center. That central number is your Principle Number.

Here's an easier way to find your Principle Number. I'll use birth dateFebruary 13th 1952:

February 13th 1952= 1+9+5+2=17= 1+7= 8
Subtract the sum from 11. 11-8= 3

The remainder is the Principle Number, which is 3.

Gender is unimportant. It's done the same way for both sexes. I know in the Kua System the mathematics are done differently for males and females. The idea is that the male (yang) moves forward and the female (yin) moves backward. In the Japanese system of 9 Star Ki, the concept is that human beings contain both yin and yang and that, us, as human beings, are moving forward all the time.

Does this mean everyone born between the lunar year of 1952 is a 3? Yes. And, the next time you go to your High School re-union just check out the "similarities" in your former schoolmates' lives. However, there are two other things to consider that will add to our uniqueness.

The Principle Number (Heaven) represents our Spirit, our karma. It's our personality.
The second, is the Character Number (Earth), which represents us physically. Or, that we genetically inherit from our Mother.
The third, is the Energetic Number (Man), which represents our behavior.

Anthea Appel is a feng shui practitioner and consultant based in New York, USA. As well as consult in feng shui, she does astrological readings using Four Pillars of Destiny and Nine Star Ki. She is also an active contributor to the forum.
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