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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Sun


trigram Mountain
trigram Thunder

Hexagram 27

Yí, jaws

Gua poem:
Jaws, determination auspicious. Contemplating the jaws is the origin of seeking real substance for the mouth.

The great image says: Thunder at the foot of the mountain: jaws. The noble one uses cautious language and limited food and drink.

  Yí: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.28.

Top 9: The source of jaws: danger. Auspicious. Fruitful to wade the great stream.
Spiritual food is the source of every kind of food, even of the daily bread. When the soul is nourished, very little and simple food will be enough to survive. When the soul is starving, even the best food is not enough. Many people postpone a certain death because their soul is still too much alive. Waiting for a grandchild to be born, or a wish to be fulfilled.
(Changes to hex.24)

6 at 5: Rejecting the regular path. A settling determination is auspicious. It does not permit wading the great stream.
Do things YOUR way, not like they 'ought' to be done. Accept no boundaries to your imagination. Then you can live in a small space. You will find all you need in your own soul and in your close surroundings. It is amazing how little food is enough when one eats only true food. It is the taoist way of living, with a small life and a huge mind.
(Changes to hex.42)

6 at 4: Wholly intent jaws, auspicious. A tiger's view is greedy, greedy, his desires are pursuing, pursuing. Without fault.
If one is always intent on finding nourishment, one will find food where-ever one is. Unseemly, improbable or even impossible things and places carry values. They are seen by eyes intent to see, ears wanting to hear, a nose catching scents of trails.
(Changes to hex.21)
(see also Marshall about tiger and dragon)

6 at 3: Rejecting jaws. Determination pitfall. For ten years no use. Nothing that does not bear fruit.
Feelings have a tendency to fall asleep when they have to wait. Sometimes an impulsive, maybe foolish, act is better than becoming dull. Dullness can cause much greater disaster than an occasional foolishness.
(Changes to hex.22)

6 at 2: Wholly intent jaws, Rejecting the regular path to the hill. For jaws to set things right: pitfall.
Do not try to restrain what is by nature excessive. Changing a Tao causes accidents. In the world all is about the normal, but the world lives by what is abnormal. So give the excessive enough room to exist.
(Changes to hex.41)

Initial 9: The magic tortoise abandons you and you contemplate me moving jaws. Pitfall.
Good times don't last forever, but if their end will be a disaster or merely an end - with the possibility for a new start - is up to you. Tackle things with a positive attitude, go on living, accept things and make the best of them. Don't expect anything to come from someone or somewhere else, but rely on your own powers. If you want to eat, then search for food.
(Changes to hex.23)

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