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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon


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Hexagram 28

Dà Guò, across the great pass

Gua Poem:
Crossing the great pass: the ridgepole is sagging. Fruitful to have a direction to go. Expansion.

The great image says: The marsh submerges the tree: Great excess. The noble one stands alone without fear, retreats from the world without melancholy.

Dà Guò: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?

Top 6: Crossing at the wading place and drowning. Pitfall. Without fault.
When undertaking great things it is impossible to avoid every danger. Have the guts to take risks. And when pain, sorrow, fear or loneliness come your way, then accept them as a road to deeper and farther pastures for the soul.
(Changes to hex.44)  Mirror

9 at 5: A withered poplar grows foliage. An old woman gets a respectable husband. Without fault, without honor. 
The yin way of learning or gathering experience is through feelings and intuition. Of course, having enough yang to do things with it is wonderful. But there are many times, or maybe entire phases in a life, when just living is more important than accomplishing more tangible things. Enjoy what you can do, but put the emphasis now on what you are, in yourself and for others.
(Changes to hex.32)  Mirror

9 at 4: The ridgepole is eminent. Auspicious. If there are snakes, distress.
When one is on the verge of something, small signs or doubts can take one off balance. One moment life is full and rich, next moment one realizes how vulnerable one is. Suddenly feeling old, or self-confidence melts away caused by a setback or an accident. This is not the end! Your spirit is alive, find it back again by choosing for life.
(Changes to hex.48)  Mirror

9 at 3: The ridgepole is sagging. Pitfall.
If you believe you are weak or old or failing, then you will make it true. These are not feelings of real life, they are just negative ideas. Can a dog ‘think’ he is old? His limbs may be stiff, but his mind is Now, today, what he is doing right now. In his mind is no ‘himself’ to think about. 
(Changes to hex.47)  Mirror

9 at 2: A withered poplar tree grows shoots. An old man gets a wife. Nothing that does not bear fruit.
Always realize that after summer comes winter, after active life comes old age. Take precautions so life will go on. Join with others who also bring in a part of life: together life will be full for all.
(Changes to hex.31)  Mirror

Initial 6: For the offering mat use white cogon grass (Mao-grass). Without fault.
Every action deserves the attention and care one would use when sacrificing. Most actions are irreversible, once done there is no way back. So do everything as if your life is at stake – because it is.
(Changes to hex.43)  Mirror

  No lines changing: you can try to do things, but they may fail or even backfire. If there's nothing that should (or can) be done, then this might be a good time to relax and refuel. The Poem and the Image are guides that show you the best way to do that.

  The Trigrams offer possibilities that the hexagram-texts don't show.

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last update: 07.09.2023


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