Nine Star Ki - Year of the 8 Soil Boar

By Edward Esko and


Naomi Ichikawa Esko


1 Water - Year of Pleasure

Those born after Feb. 4 in 1936, 1945, 1954, 1963, 1972, 1981, 1990, 1999

A bunch of fun and joyful things are coming. Make it a point to meet with new people. This could lead to success in business. Don't forget to smile often. Smiling is the key to success this year. It is a lucky year for love and relationships. Be proactive, don't  miss out on opportunities. The key to success this year is to share goals with partners and associates. This is a finacially active year. However be cautious and consult with trusted advisors before committing funds or resources. You are very active this year so be sure to get enough rest and relaxation. Walking is highly recommended.

2 Soil - Year of Change

Those born after Feb. 4 in 1935, 1944, 1953, 1962, 1971, 1980, 1989, 1998

Two Soils are opposite to 5 Soil this year. This position is known as An-ken-satsu and is considered potentially dangerous, so be careful. This year, you're at the mercy of your schedule. Things may not go so smoothly. An associate may make a mistake and may blame you. Before you agreee to small tasks, check your schedule carefully. Avoid taking risks. If you experience family troubles, consult a third party. Your work or business schedule will change constantly, so you need to be flexible or you risk losing advantage. You face the risk of betrayal when it comes to finances, so again be careful. Risky investments may not bear fruit. You are at risk for injury, including broken leg, this year.


3 Tree - Year of Brilliance

Those born after Feb. 4 in 1934, 1943, 1952, 1961, 1970, 1979, 1997

Hard work pays off this year. Your innate abilities come to the surface and gain recognition in the wider society. Your creativity will attract strong support and bring success. Be careful of what you say. If you speak without thinking, trouble may result. Maintain a responsible attitude and be responsible in your speaking. Focus on inner development this year. During this smooth and wonderful year, stay humble. Often show your appreciation. You may use money for enjoyment or hobbies this year. Don't spend freely but ask friends and family for advice. Don't be extreme regarding your health, for example beginning extreme weight loss diets, exercise programs, and the like. Mainatin your normal diet and activity. If you change the decor in your home or office, it could bring luck. Be careful of eye trouble, headache, or shoulder pain. Seek care for any health  problems that appear. Complications with relationships could find solutions this year.

4 Tree - Year of Stagnation

Those born after Feb. 4 in 1933, 1942, 1951, 1960, 1969, 1978, 1987, 1996

You're in a difficult position this year. Things slow down and you may encounter problems and difficulties. Don't lose hope. Stay positive. Try to solve your problems deliberately and patiently. Wait until your energy becomes brighter. Communication with friends and family makes your energy go up. Listen to and focus on their advice. In business, don't attempt new things. Don't try to lead, but instead lend your support to others. Postpone starting a new venture or changing your job. Assume a defensive, rather than offensive, posture this year. You are at risk of losing your cash or credit cards. Don't carry a large amount of cash. You may experience anemia and foot troubles. Eat and drink moderately to avoid problems.


5 Soil - Year of Preparation

Those born after Feb. 4 in 1932, 1941, 1950, 1959, 1968, 1977, 1986, 1995

Your energy won't rebound right away from the low point of the previous year. If you prepare, it can turn out to be a good year. Use this chance to develop yourself rather than push your views publicly. Your experiences this year can help you gain maturity. Focus on your family this year. The quality of time spent with family is more important than the length of time you spend with them. Quality time with family is important to keep your energy bright and postive. There is future benefit to be gained in volunteer activites, as well as in Zen-like pursuits. Cultivate internal peace. If you take on tasks that others avoid, your reputation will improve and you will gain credibility. Family expenses may increase this year, so do your best to be conservative and to save. Review insurance or health care expenses to be sure money is not being wasted. Skin conditions and liver disorders may appear this year. You may experience mental fatigue. Seek an outlet to release stress and tension.


6 Metal - Year of Development

Those born after Feb. 4 in 1931, 1940, 1949, 1958, 1967, 1976, 1985, 1994

Things move forward this year, even if you experience a slow start. The results of your efforts become apparent. Don' hurry or be impatient. Avoid being overly emotional or showing short temper. Deal with things calmly as they come up. Good results are in the offing, although perhaps not right away. Success is more easily acheived when you show kindness and appreciation. New ideas or proposals for business can bring big results this year. Your success may prompt jealousy in others, so be modest. Don't buy cheap goods. It is better to spend more on quality products. Invest in your staff and your business can prosper in the future. You'll be under stress this year. Seek ways to relax such as breathing, yoga, and exercise.


7 Metal - Year of Achievement

Those born after Feb. 4 in 1930, 1939, 1948, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1984, 1993

Your basic personality is one of brightness and postive energy and this brings you a wonderful year. Set high goals that are not easily attainable. Put forth your best efforts for the best results. Listen to the advice of others. You may encounter people with hidden agendas this year so be careful. Avoid making big deals, including signing contracts and starting a new business. Your phone manner is important this year. Brightness and positivity bring good results, a lackluster manner results in loss. Be careful if someone approaches you for a loan. Things may not turn out well if you react emotionally. Your immune system may be stressed so be sure to get adequate sleep.


8 Soil - Year of Watching Calmly

Those born after Feb. 4 in 1929, 1938, 1947, 1956, 1965, 1974, 1983, 1992

Both good and bad come to you this year. Wait calmly and observe the situation before acting. Acting impulsively can bring bad results. Try to avoid signing contracts involving big new projects. Check all documents and proposals very carefully. Mistakes can last a long time. You may meet attractive new people. You may also say farewell to others. Finances are best used for self-improvement. In business, don 't be overly confident. Be careful and attend to detail, even in small tasks. If you offer to do things that others try to avoid, you gain credibility. If you become greedy for money, you risk losing things that are more precious than money. Past health issues may resurface this year. You may be prone to stomach problems so eat and drink in moderation.


9 Fire - Year of Leaping Forward

Those born after Feb. 4 in 1928, 1937, 1946, 1955, 1964, 1973, 1982, 1991, 2000

This can be a good year if you plan carefully. If you are careless, your goals may become unachievable. If you become arrogant, you will make enemies. Be humble, and your relationships will go smoothly and new supporters will appear. Show appreciation ot staff and supporters. If you are the head of a business or organization, be humble and work for others. Risky financial ventures could lead to losses. Be conservative. Be careful of heart or blood pressure problems. Seek help if they arise. Be especially careful when driving.


Bettina Zumdick