# Learning Your 9 Star Ki

Feng shui is a healing practice that works with the energy of your home. It comes from ancient China and has developed alongside other modalities like Chinese astrology. Many feng shuipractitioners will include astrology readings within a feng shui review to receive more insight into how to best support one’s feng shui.

One of these astrological systems is called the Nine Star Ki. Using your birthdate, you can learn about your principal element and, in turn, gain information on what elements nourish and feed you.

## Calculate Your Own Nine Star Ki

Here is how you can calculate your own Nine Star Ki:

2. Continue to reduce the numbers by adding them until you have a single digit.
3. If you were born after February 4th, you will subtract that number from 11.
4. If you were born between January 1st and February 3rd, you will subtract that number from 12

For example, if you were born in March of 1995, add 1 + 9 + 9 + 5 = 24. Then 2 + 4 = 6. Then 11 - 6 = 5. Your principle Nine Star Ki is 5.

Another example: If you were born in January of 1995, add 1 + 9 + 9 + 5 = 24. Then 2 + 4 = 6. Then 12 - 6 = 6. Your principle Nine Star Ki is 6.

Lastly, another situation to highlight is that, if your sum after subtracting is more than 9, add those digits again. For example, if you were born in April of 1999, add 1 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 28. Then 2 + 8 = 10. Then 1 + 0 = 10. Then it would be 11 - 1 = 10, which you would then do 1 + 0 = 1. Your principle Nine Star Ki is 1.

## Learn About Each Nine Star Ki Type

Each number type has an element associated with it, as well as a general energetic archetype.

### Water

If your Nine Star Ki is 1, you’re connected to the element of water. 1 Water people have the qualities of water and tend to “go with the flow”. They are often intellectuals and interested in philosophy. We might also call them book lovers. They have the tendency to fluctuate between being the life of the party to also needing alone time. 1 Water types are supported by the metal element.

### Yin Earth

If your Nine Star Ki is 2, you’re connected to the element of yin earth. Yin earth is soft earth like sand. 2 Earth people have the qualities of yin earth which are receptive, supportive, and motherly. This type is connected to the feminine principle and is service oriented, as well as single-purposed. They’re slow, thoughtful, and nurturing. 2 Yin Earth types are supported by the fire element.

### Yang Wood

If your Nine Star Ki is 3, you’re connected to the element of yang wood. Yang wood is the energy of spring. You can imagine a tiny sprout bursting out of its shell of a seed. 3 Wood people have the qualities of yang wood: energetic, always moving, and ready to bounce back. This type is excellent at starting new projects, however, not always the best at finishing them. 3 Yang Wood types are supported by the water element.

### Yin Wood

If your Nine Star Ki is 4, you’re connected to the element of yin wood. Yin wood is like a huge redwood tree, with deep roots and a large canopy. 4 Wood people have the qualities of yin wood: intuitive, always watching, and observing. This type is highly sensitive to the world around them. They can be stubborn, while moving slowly with care. 4 Yin Wood types are supported by the water element.

### Earth

If your Nine Star Ki is 5, you’re connected to the element of earth. Earth is an element that is connected to stability and grounding. 5 Earth people have the qualities of earth in that they move thoughtfully but with a centered purpose. This type tends to take care of others and has the potential for great leadership. 5 Earth types are supported by the fire element.

### Yang Metal

If your Nine Star Ki is 6, you’re connected to the element of yang metal. Yang metal is sharp and precise, like a sword. 6 Metal people have the qualities of metal such as clarity, elegance, and an eye for beauty. They are often organized and communicates straight to the point. 6 Yang Metal types are supported by the earth element.

### Yin Metal

If your Nine Star Ki is 7, you’re connected to the element of yin metal. Ying metal is refined metal, like polished jewelry. 7 Metal people have the qualities of metal such as playfulness, joy, and they tend to be well spoken. This type loves to enjoy life, and sometimes can spend too much money. 7 Yin Metal types are supported by the earth element

### Yang Earth

If your Nine Star Ki is 8, you’re connected to the element of yang earth. Yang earth is hard earth, like a mountain. 8 Earth people have the qualities of yang earth which are independent, stubborn, and protective. This type moves slowly, as they consider every move they make (if they even move at all).  They are said to always stick up for the underdog. 8 Yang Earth types are supported by the fire element.

### Fire

If your Nine Star Ki is 9, you’re connected to the element of fire. Fire element is all about warmth, inspiration, and visibility. 9 Fire people have the qualities of fire, like a candle they are dynamic and always seen in a room. This type also has a big connection to their heart, and moves through life with that focus. 9 Fire types are supported by the wood element.