Nine Star Ki (Jiu Xin in Chinese and Kyu Sei Ki Gakuin in Japanese) is a number system derived from ancient Chinese Astrology
. It became popular in Japan due in no small part to a revision by Shinjiro Sonoda in 1924. The Japanese differs from the Chinese Ming Gua system, for example, in that it does not differentiate between numbers for men and women.
As the name suggests it is based on nine stars and, especially, three deriving from a person's birth date. The Ming Gua system uses the lunar
(some practitioners use solar
to derive a number that determines a person's basic nature in terms of The Five Elements
. There are two groupings. The first or East group consists of Number One, Water
; Three and Four, Wood
; and Nine, Fire. The Second or West group consists of Number Two, Five and Eight, Earth; and Six and Seven, Metal
. The numbers are also associated with the I Ching
trigrams, the eight directions (plus the Center) of the Bagua, the five seasons and family members.
Nine Star Ki uses the Feng Shui Luo Shu or Magic Square. There are nine squares or Palaces
, one for each number/star. Their position is fixed in the basic chart with the numbers in each row, column and diagonal totaling 15. The stars change places, that is, proceed through the Palaces in a nine year cycle in a predetermined pattern.
The determination and placement of a person's stars
are used to understand many aspects of life from physical characteristics to personality to environment. The areas addressed include, for example, relationships, career, health and wealth. And, by constructing a Magic Square for any year month or day predictions can be made regarding the future.