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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon


trigram Water
trigram Thunder

Hexagram 03

Zhūn, beginning, accumulating

Gua Poem:
Sprouting: Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination.
No benefit to proceed probing.
Fruitful to install feudal lords.

The great image says: Clouds and thunder: sprouting. A noble one lays out the basic pattern.

  Zhūn: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.50.

Top 6: Then driving a team of horses, then bloody tears are streaming.
The inner core must be resistant against failure. Many things in life will not succeed, so don't depend on success, and don't be a victim of failure. The two go together, if you defeat one, you defeat both.
(Changes to hex.42)  Mirror

9 at 5: The best place for stationing troops. Small determination auspicious. Big determination pitfall.
The mind needs ideas, feats, accomplishments or exchange in order to make its energies sprout. If an old man has friends or gets admiration, he will live twice as long. If someone sees what you accomplished, you get the energy for more. So find others who see.
(Changes to hex.24)  Mirror

6 at 4: Like driving a team of horses proposing marriage. To proceed is auspicious. There will be profit.
If you want something, then go for it! Put your heart and soul into it. Its success depends on your motivation, dedication, all the powers you yourself put into it.
(Changes to hex.17) Mirror

6 at 3: Approaching the deer without a guide, it only enters deep into the forest. The noble one knows the signs, so stops. To proceed brings distress.
Who charges at things without thinking will put them to flight. A lot of fuss only makes the goal recede. One has to know the home of the game as if one lives there oneself.
(Changes to hex.63)

6 at 2: Then sprouting, then proceeding with difficulty, then driving a team of horses. No bandit: a marital suitor. Girls determination: no babies. Ten years, then babies.
Don't just be a reaction on what comes up to you: running when all seems easy, and frustrated by the first obstacle. Things cannot be accomplished just like that, they need time and thought. So don't rush, but don't let anything stop you either.
(Changes to hex.60)  Mirror

Initial 9: Not making headway. Profitable: a settling determination. Fruitful to install feudal lords.
Nothing starts out of nowhere, but the art is to make it become real. Pan Geng wanted to move the capital, but it was difficult to convince the people. For big things one needs assistance. Find helpers, consult your gods and your guts, explain and inspire.
(Changes to hex.8)  Mirror

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