I Ching Astrology Principal Stars

I Ching Astrology Principal Star

9 Star Ki can be used as a system to analyse people, timing and directions. The system uses your date of birth to calculate three numbers that represent who you are.

Principal Star: Your Persona

Weight: 60-70%

This article looks at the year calculation, known as the principal star. This is the first star out of three. This is your main personality, your natural self, the core of your being, your essence, your motivation and what gives you momentum. You can calculate your principal star using this method.


1 Water Star

Years 1918, 1927, 1936, 1945, 1954, 1963, 1972, 1981, 1990, 1999, 2008, 2017, 2026, 2035
Trigram K’an
Symbolism Water
Family member Middle son
Element Water
Colour Black or blue
Direction North

  • Deep, philosophical and reflective thinkers.
  • Flexible and intelligent.
  • Sociable and thoughtful.
  • Good patience.
  • Seeks a win win outcome.
  • Seeks independence.
  • Seeks social interaction as much as solitude. Must have time and space for both.
  • Can appear withdrawn and disengaged.
  • May find it difficult to open up to others.
  • Can be secretive.
  • Are happy exploring.
  • Usually book worms.

2 Earth Star

Years 1926, 1935, 1944, 1953, 1962, 1971, 1980, 1989, 1998, 2007, 2016, 2025, 2034
Trigram K’un
Symbolism Earth
Family member Mother
Element Earth (yin)
Colour Black
Direction South West

  • The mother earth and feminine star.
  • Nurturing, caring and supportive.
  • Down to earth.
  • Has a need to help.
  • Has a desire for everyone to succeed.
  • Thoughtful and considerate.
  • Is receptive to others, new ideas and concepts.
  • Seeks the good in all people.
  • Seeks a vocation in life, often to serve others.
  • Hard working and self sacrificing.
  • Can be under acknowledged for what they give to others.
  • Wear their heart on their sleeve.
  • Male 2 stars can be very anal.
  • Female 2 stars are beautiful in appearance.

3 Wood Star

Years 1925, 1934, 1943, 1952, 1961, 1970, 1979, 1988, 1997, 2006, 2015, 2024, 2033
Trigram Chen
Symbolism Thunder
Family member Eldest Son
Element Wood (yang)
Colour Bright Green
Direction East

  • Must be on the go all of the time.
  • Likes to do plenty of varied activities.
  • Youthful, inpatient, reckless, rash.
  • Good stamina, drive and momentum.
  • Assertive and straight forward.
  • Tends to speak freely without thought, can alienate others from this.
  • Creative thinker.
  • Likes to initiate projects.
  • Dislikes finishing projects.
  • Easy to excite.
  • Can be self centred.
  • Can be easily bored if not stimulated.
  • Can become ungrounded and burn out.
  • Very resilient and get back up from setups easily.

4 Wood Star

Years 1924, 1933, 1942, 1951, 1960, 1969, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2005, 2014, 2023, 2032
Trigram Sun
Symbolism Wind
Family member Eldest Daughter
Element Wood (yin)
Colour Green
Direction South East

  • Similar to the 3 wood star, with a much softer, calmer and flexible approach.
  • Gentle and kind.
  • Sensitive to people and their environment.
  • Likes to care for others.
  • Stubborn and slow to progress/move.
  • Can be too trusting and naive.
  • Can be influenced by others, can be influential.
  • Can appear too laid back.
  • Can be a people pleaser.
  • Observers, they use their eyes to listen.
  • Can be overlooked as a person.
  • Beautiful eyes.
  • May have difficulty making decisions.

5 Earth Star

Years 1923, 1932, 1941, 1950, 1959, 1968, 1977, 1986, 1995, 2004, 2013, 2022, 2031
Trigram None – The centre T’ai Chi
Symbolism The centre
Family member None
Element Earth
Colour Yellow
Direction None

  • Thoughtful, caring and warm.
  • Intelligent and dominant.
  • Seeks to be in authority.
  • Likes to be the one to start and finish.
  • Strong and responsible character.
  • Can maintain a good single point of focus.
  • Can influence other people.
  • Good at taking care of other people.
  • Can be pushy, demanding, controlling and destructive.
  • Can be a chameleon, good for networking.

6 Metal Star

Years 1922, 1931, 1940, 1949, 1958, 1967, 1976, 1985, 1994, 2003, 2012, 2021, 2030
Trigram Ch’ien
Symbolism Heaven
Family member Father
Element Metal (yang)
Colour White or metallic
Direction North West

  • The alpha male star.
  • Leaders, stoic and powerful.
  • Stands up for authority.
  • Hard worker, committed, reliable and loyal.
  • Organised, pragmatic and logical.
  • Considerate and fair.
  • Has high morals and principles.
  • Literal in thinking and speech.
  • Good communicators.
  • Practical and straight forward.
  • Good at seeing projects through to completion.
  • Straight talkers.
  • Can be self-righteous, rigid and inflexible.
  • Male 6 stars are comfortable in their own skin.
  • Female 6 stars may display masculine characteristics.
  • Black and white thinking.
  • Has the last word.

7 Metal Star

Years 1921, 1930, 1939, 1948, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1984, 1993, 2002, 2011, 2020, 2029
Trigram Tui
Symbolism Lake
Family member Youngest Daughter
Element Metal (yin)
Colour Red
Direction West

  • Similar to the 6 metal star, with a much softer and flexible approach.
  • Enjoys life to the full with a cheery persona.
  • Good communicator and negotiator.
  • Good listeners.
  • Likes to talk and can chat for hours.
  • Seeks independence.
  • Organised.
  • Can be very charming, playful and fun to be around.
  • Humorous and witty.
  • Can be easily bored.
  • Under pressure, moves away from a situation quickly.
  • Quick to quit or give up.
  • Can be irresponsible.
  • Good style sense.
  • Good eye for colour and textures.
  • Sometimes not taken seriously.

8 Earth Star

Years 1920, 1929, 1938, 1947, 1956, 1965, 1974, 1983, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2019, 2028
Trigram Ken
Symbolism Mountain
Family member Youngest Son
Element Earth (yang)
Colour White
Direction North East

  • Seeks independence and self sufficient.
  • Protective, standing up for justice and fairness.
  • Knowledgeable and wise.
  • Hard worker.
  • Must do things their way, often seeking the hard way.
  • Strong family values.
  • Strong character.
  • Can be stubborn and inflexible.
  • Perfectionist and single minded.
  • Likes to have space from others.
  • Can appear to be moody.
  • Can be in-communicative and withdraw from speech and people.
  • Slow to progress/move.
  • When the mountain star is under pressure they can erupt like a volcano.
  • Will speak their mind.

9 Fire Star

Years 1919, 1928, 1937, 1946, 1955, 1964, 1973, 1982, 1991, 2000, 2009, 2018, 2027Li
Trigram Li
Symbolism Fire
Family member Middle daughter
Element Fire
Colour Purple
Direction South

  • Illuminating, warm and light.
  • Can be the centre of attention in a room.
  • Inspiring, fun, spirited, energetic, intelligent.
  • Their light can draw attention and draws others to them.
  • Insight, clarity and vision.
  • Creative artistically.
  • The light/fire can be hard to sustain.
  • The light/fire can cause burn out.
  • The light/fire can die out if not fed (supported).
  • Can be up and down as people.
  • Likes to be the centre of attention.
  • Sometimes unable to commit.
  • Likes to show off.

I Ching Astrology Principal Stars