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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon


trigram Fire
trigram Mountain

Hexagram 56

Lǚ, Itinerant troops

Gua Poem:
Itinerant Small expansion. A divination about wandering is auspicious.

The great image says: High on the mountain there is fire: Itinerant. The noble one is clear minded and cautious in imposing punishment and does not protract lawsuits.

  Lǚ: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.60.

Top 9: Burning the bird's nest. The wanderer first laughs and afterwards cries. He loses his cattle at Yi. Pitfall.
In unfamiliar circumstances - new people, new place, new experience - one should be extra careful. Expect anything and weapon yourself against it. And if you happen to have a place or friends, then be careful not to lose them by disregarding their laws.
(Changes to hex.62)  Mirror

6 at 5: He shoots a pheasant, dead with one arrow. In the end praise and an assignment.
Do - and show - the best you can. When people know your value they will easily grant you the recognition and position you deserve. Same goes for yourself: just do the best you can and your soul will feel satisfaction and ease.
(Changes to hex.33)  Mirror

9 at 4: The wanderer is in a resting place and obtains money and an axe. My heart is not pleased.
Finding safety and rest and the means to sustain oneself are important, but the heart needs safety and riches too, spiritual ones. First of all it needs inspiration, and for that it has to be challenged.
(Changes to hex.52)  Mirror

9 at 3: The troops burn their lodgings, lose their boy-servants. Divination danger.
When a dangerous task has to be accomplished, it is better to burn one’s ships. Fear is strong, but without a refuge it is easier to cope with. When troops start marching to the war, they remove their camp, so the decision is definite. 
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6 at 2: The wanderer comes to a resting-place, cherishes his belongings. Divination about acquiring a boy-servant.
Satisfaction with one's life makes a resting place to a place of rest. To be happy with everything, not longing for more, different or better is the key to feeling at home. One does not 'find' a home, one makes a place to a home in accordance with the oracle.
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Initial 6: The wanderer is trivial and petty, chopping up his position and seizing calamities.
A first impression is extremely important. Often it cannot be undone, and even if one can show one's real intentions later, it will never be really convincing.
(Changes to hex.30)   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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