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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Sun


trigram Mountain
Trigram Earth

Hexagram 23

Bo, The wine skin and the knife

Gua Poem:
Stripping. No harvest proceeding probing.

The great image says: The mountain is attached to the earth, Stripping. The high ones make their house peaceful by generosity to the low ones.

  Bo: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.43.

Top 9: The big fruit is not eaten. The noble one acquires a sedan chair, the small man strips the hut.
When everything is destroyed, it is the end for a small mind. A great spirit sees an opening for something new, unexpected. There is always the untouched fruit: that faith or inspiration which brings about new life.
(Changes to hex.2)  Mirror

6 at 5: A string of fish. Favor through the palace people. Nothing that does not bear fruit.
Do not expect others to recognize your crude self as valuable. It feels kind of humiliating, that you have to show something, instead of just being good enough yourself. But if you can let go of pride, and find your pride in your own heart, the string of fish will also bring good luck to you. Then the fishes are offered as a sacrifice to ones higher authority as well.
(Changes to hex.20)  Mirror

6 at 4: Stripping the rest(ingplace) by superficiality. Pitfall.
Living restless, without depth or meaning, life is insignificant and one is prone to irreversible mistakes and faults, and even destruction. Search beyond the outer skin for only there the heart's rest can be found.
(Changes to hex.35)

6 at 3: Stripping it. Without fault.
To be yourself, living your own life, making your own decisions, you have to break away from all those people (inside or outside) who tell you how to live. Or even without saying anything, expect you to live according to their views. Even if you choose an absurd life - so what? It is your life.
(Changes to hex.52)

6 at 2: Stripping the rest(ingplace) by discerning. Disregard the determination: pitfall.
When things are not right, then fight for improvement. Just letting things be may look easier, but if you don't try your luck, it might run away. You are the one who has to shape your life, no one else. That does not imply you should be an egoist, the goal is not having, it is living.
(Changes to hex.4)  Mirror

Initial 6: Stripping the rest(ingplace) through realism. Disregard the determination: pitfall.
Keep your eyes open for the reality of life. Dreams, expectations and love may make it worthwhile, but when one loses sight on reality, life might hit so hard that it may be the end of all dreams. Mind: this is about the reality of life - personal ideas of logic and justice have little to do with life.
(Changes to hex.27)

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