The following is excerpted from Edward Esko's article in the November/December 2013 issue of Macrobiotics Today.
"Is there any way to avoid global conflict in 2013? One way would be for the next president to enlist the help of one or more 9 Fire personalities. As we see in the Control Cycle, fire softens the cold, hard energy of metal and overrides any tendency toward extreme thought or action.
"Bill Clinton is a possible candidate for this position. President Clinton, born in 1946, a 9 Fire year, is the quintessential fire personality: quick, passionate, brilliant, and warm. Plus he is a committed vegan. His vegan diet helps him avoid the hardening and rigidity of body and thinking caused by lots of meat and animal food. Another 9 Fire leader is George W. Bush. President Bush was also born in 1946, although his thinking is less flexible due to eating large quantities of meat and animal foods. Still, his 9 Fire nature could be helpful.
"The most direct way to diffuse the crisis would be for the next president to appoint a soil leader as a special envoy for peace in the Middle East. Empowered by the executive branch and backed by public opinion, he or she could negotiate face to face with the two metal leaders, Khamenei and Netanyahu, with the goal being to get both sides to open up and moderate their positions so as to avoid armed conflict.
"Governor Mitt Romney is an 8 Soil personality (shown in the chart as “earth”). Eight Soils are principled and high-minded, but can become self-righteous, stubborn, and imposing. This latter tendency is aggravated by the ongoing intake of animal foods. If he becomes president, Romney would need to moderate his hard line toward Iran and Russia.
"From the Nine Ki perspective, the energy of soil nourishes that of metal. As an 8 Soil and if he’s not careful, Romney could reinforce, not moderate, the tendency toward stubbornness on the part of the two metal players, Khamenei and Netanyahu. Soil’s support for metal could embolden either or both metals to embark on irresponsible or destructive action. Then, whomever is president in 2013 would do well to enlist the help of a leader with a 9 Fire nature to help control the metal natures of Khamenei and Netanyahu."
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