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 ("uses the warp threads").

  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.
 Hex.3's 42 Increase Good things happen because you help them happen.  Mirror

  9 at 5: The best place for stationing troops. Small determination auspicious. Big determination pitfall.
Find a place to live which suits you, both inside and outside. Free from expectations, pride, ambition or obligation. A hut where you feel good is better than a castle where you get lost.
  Hex.3's 24 Recover Live according to your own soul and truth.  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 do it the right way! Put your heart and soul into it. Its success depends on your motivation, dedication, all the powers you yourself put into it.
  Hex.3's 17 Follow Everything is about the road, the goal is just its end.  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 life and home of the game as if one lives there oneself.
  Hex.3's 63 Across Use the right means for what you do.  Mirror

  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.
  Hex.3's 60 Delimit Don't shut yourself off.  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. For big things one needs one's own space and assistance. Find helpers, consult your gods and your guts, explain and inspire.
  Hex.3's 8 Stand by Show others clearly what you do, your skills, your hopes.  Mirror

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