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

The image of hexagram 30
LÍ, Catching the Bird of Brightness.


  Hexagram 30 has trigram Fire below or inside, Fire above or outside. Fire is the trigram of light and insight and order. Its light makes it possible to discern things from each other.

What does it mean, 'inner' and 'outer trigram' (popup)

When trigram Fire is below (popup)
When trigram Fire is above (popup)

  Fire below Fire: when inner clarity meets with ordered actions, big things can be achieved. Fire has a short attention span, when the right moment presents itself, actions should be quick and complete. Being in the light means being seen, so its meaning also includes metaphorically talented people, scarves worn by ancient women when they were married, and a dragon in ancient legends.


  The old diviners gave this combination of trigrams a name: LÍ. It is separating or leaving, but also clinging, holding on to. It is what light does: discerning things, seeing their differences and similarities.

  Ideogram of the hexagram name: the left part is a net for catching birds, the right part is a bird. It has many different meanings, but light and insight include seeing reality, differences and similarities, so it both connects and separates. Catching the bird, or a bird which escapes. LÍ: Leave, discard, separately, escape, remove, avoid, divided into parts, discrete, paired, edit, alienation, discontinued, analysis, experience, encounter, different, sorrow, poor, blurred, later.

  The 'Great Image' says: Brightness doubled brings the Bright Bird. The great man illumines the four regions by his continuous brightness.

  Hex.30 is the contrast of 29, which is about dark pits and hidden danger and going one's way wherever it leads.
  Hex.30 is about light and brightness, seeing, insight, organizing and looking closely if the road goes into the right direction.
  There are several cultures where the cow and the sun are connected, but I don't know why. If you know, then tell me!

   Moments fly past like birds. You will have to catch them right now, to enjoy something when it happens, to seize an opportunity, to realize a flash of insight. Life is full of those bright little birds.
   If you can seize them and care for them, they may turn into big things, feeding your life and soul. The sum of all those small things will make your life to a bright and shining one.
   The mind can discern and catch those moments. It filters out what is not relevant by letting it slip through the net. The Bright Birds are what is relevant and visible.

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