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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Hexagram 05

Xū, waiting, needing

Gŭ

Water
Heaven


Gua Poem:
Waiting with truth: shining expansion, determination auspicious
Fruitful to cross the great stream

The great image says: Clouds rise up to heaven: Needing a change in the weather. The noble one drinks and eats and reposes relaxed.

  Xū: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.35.

  Top line: Entering the cave. There are unexpected visitors. Three people come. Respect them. The end is auspicious.
Even in difficult situations there are always possibilities. Keep your mind open, something might come up. Especially when your mind is at a loss, the unexpected can happen. Some call it a miracle. Read what Rumi says
  (hex.5 its 9 Small Farm: Life does what it does: move with it)  Mirror

  Line 5: Waiting with liquor and food. Determination auspicious.
Every situation asks for its own appropriate attitude. When you eat, then enjoy eating, when you work, enjoy it, when you wait, enjoy it. Give every aspect of life an honorful place in your mind. Positive living summons positive forces, negative living drains life of all its energy and worth.
  (hex.5 its 11 Eminence: Connect the elements of life with each other)  Mirror

  Line 4: Waiting in the blood. Get out of the cave.
Don’t wait and stay in a place not fit for you. A bad place, a wrong mind-set, low company. It is often difficult to take the plunge, but if you don’t, you spoil your time, your mind, maybe even your life. Fear is only as strong as you allow it to be.
 (hex.5 its 43 Breakthrough: Don't abandon ideals, being in the right place may be enough)  Mirror

  Line 3: Waiting in the mud. It will attract bandits.
The mind has a tendency to fall asleep when it have to wait. Sometimes an impulsive, maybe foolish, act is better than becoming dull. Don't stay in a bad place.
 (hex.5 its 60 Limits :If you have a sloppy mind, you have to deal with bad results)  Mirror

  Line 2: Waiting in the sand. There is some talk. In the end auspicious.
Stranded in a place without much footing. Relax, talk and listen and maybe in between the insignificant chatter you or someone else will come with a good idea.
 (hex.5 its 63 Already: Panic is a bad master.  Mirror

  Initial line: Waiting in the outskirts. Harvest: benefit of steadiness. No fault
When there are no possibilities, then wait but do not give up or leave, something might come along. Keep your ears, eyes and especially your mind open and alert.
 (hex.5 its 48 No possibilities unless you change things.  Mirror

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