I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
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  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Sun

Shì Kē, hexagram 21

Biting through

To make real changes in life, one needs the powers of a shaman. No biting through the obsolete is possible when one is locked inside one’s normal, everyday and all-too-human flesh. A shaman can leave his body, fly to strange places and come back with a changed mind. He can see through illusions because he can fly higher. He can throw away habits because he is no prisoner of himself. Humanity has always used drugs, they make it easier to be a shaman, but unfortunately they usually forgot they had also teeth. Even the best shaman needs in the first place good teeth.


  SHÌ. The character (biting) is composed of bamboo (1), shaman (3) and mouth (4). Shaman + bamboo is oracle-consulting with yarrow stalks. Shaman is work (2) + two people. But an older character does not show either: It looks like a sorcerers symbol (8). According to W-HY it is derived from the character five (9).
  SHÌ: to bite, to gnaw, loan for reach, come to.
  KÈ, this character means 'till the teeth meet, or clasp them'. And also: speak excessively, to crack. Together with shi (bite) it is biting through. It is composed of mouth (4) dish (6) and a lid or a 'closer' (10). So 7 is a dish with lid. The lid (10) was originally a drawing of a man with a ball between his legs and might have meant castrate: remove, leave, depart, close.  
  KÈ: to shut,loquacious, sound of voices, crack something between the teeth. Pronounced hia: laugh.

The trigrams: Thunder and Fire.
Thunder and lightning: Biting through
The ancient kings made the penalties clear to enforce the law.

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