I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

 
Multiple moving lines

 

  One cannot get an answer and then not do what the gods say. It sounds ancient Chinese, but even today, when you get a shock or insight from the answer, you do what it says, because you feel it inside: your gods/ intuition/ instinct tell you. If it is just an interesting answer and nothing more, you can do something different, because then there are no gods involved.
  In real life one has to cope with many different things at once. Several people, or several items you have to pack, or all those things you ave to reckon with just to get from one place to another.
  It is useful to think of all of them and not skip some. If you brush your teeth, you don't skip the water or the brush, because you think the toothpaste alone is enough of a problem.

For this same reason you don't skip lines of an answer

  Every line you get is one thing you have to do. Don't skip any.
   If two lines contradict each other, then think or reality. If the toothbrush is broken and the toothpaste is excellent quality, is that a contradiction?
  You get another brush but you still use this toothpaste.

  Same with the lines. You look at each line individually while reckoning with the meaning of the line-place.

Every line is important

  The lines have structure, like a group or a situation has.
  The bottom line is about the impulse to act, and the potential of acting. The commoner and the worker. Your responsibility towards your body, its abilities, your survival instinct. The dragon which is still under water, the hoarfrost which will eventually become ice.
  Line 2 is the official, the one behind the locker who is often the only contact with the government. The brother or friend who helps, the thoughts about a problem (inner helpers), social activity, assertiveness.
  Line 3 is the local leader: a boss with very personal wishes, your feelings, emotions, psychological state. Your ability to oversee simple situations and to analyse them. Your feeling of responsibility and fear to fall short.
  Line 4 is the minister. He should be free of personal wishes because he is the direct assistant to the overall leadership. He makes the decisions and choices, he is your intellect and knowledge and experience.

 

  Line 5 is the king, he is more spiritual than rationalism, he is your wisdom, charisma, leadership. Like line 2 is also about contacts, but on another level. Not based on interest, advantage, feeling good together and other earthly goals, but concentrated on ideals and mental interests and well-being, on the common good.
  The top line is the sage, the mystic, your possibility to find sources of meaning, like mythology or religion. It is (or should be) completely free from anything personal or temporal. It goes beyond human-size life and reaches into universal values.
  The lines are all different and one cannot miss any one of them. It would feel as an essential loss. In real life one also cannot remove an aspect, or even reduce all to just one way of dealing with a person or a situation or whatever.

  The result would be very reduced as well. One cannot make a choice (4) without instinct (1) or emotions (3). No contact (2) without emotions (3) or a mind (5).

  For everything one needs all the aspects. Some a bit more, another less, depending on the moment.