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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Sun


Trigram Wind
Trigram Wind

Hexagram 57

Xún, the Seal

Gua Poem:
Seal-assignment. Small expansion. Fruitful to proceed probing. Fruitful to see the great man.

The great image says: Following winds: seal-assignment. The noble one conveys mandates and accomplishes affairs.

  Xún: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.51.

Top 9: Seal assignment, below the bed. Determination about losing one's qualifications and abilities: pitfall.
Accept your seal, don't hold on in a fixed manner to your abilities or support. Every predefined idea you have, be it positive or negative, will prevent you from being or becoming what you are meant to be, or finding inspiration. Or, more practical: Trusting people too easily, accepting low quality, letting things go, then one's life and actions will lose their qualification. Not only in other's eyes, but in one's own as well.
(Changes to hex.48)

9 at 5: Determination auspicious. Regrets go away. Nothing that does not bear fruit. Without a beginning there is an end. Before Geng three days, after Geng three days. Auspicious.
Slowly and gently one weaves one's seal into everything one does or is. It is an unceasing process which gives one's life and all one's actions one's own pattern. Even an unborn child is already shaping his life. The result of this process is a character and destination which can hardly be changed anymore, like the liquid metal which is very hard after cooling down. So be careful with the moments when you still can shape things.
(Changes to hex.18)  Mirror

6 at 4: Regrets go away. Catching three kinds of game in the hunt.
When something is accomplished, that is not the end. Let it live on, so it blends in with your life. Give feelings a chance to be expressed and shared, hope and pride to be seen, deeds to be acknowledged. Celebrate everything, nothing is insignificant, nothing should pass unnoticed and get forgotten.
(Changes to hex.44)

9 at 3: On the brink of one's seal. distress.
Don't be so stingy with yourself. Open up and dare to do or give those little things which bring joy. They are the bargains of life: small investment, big gain.
(Changes to hex.59)

9 at 2: Seal assignment, below the bed. Use numerous chroniclers and shamans. Auspicious. No fault.
Accept your seal humbly and completely, do not try to understand, but open your intuition and believe in miracles. Your own attitude will attract all you need, you don't have to use tools to find it. Least of all the tool of thinking, which is a tool of arrogance. You do not know anything, it knows you, if you are only you.
(Changes to hex.53)  Mirror

Initial 6: Advancing and retreating. Fruitful: a military man's determination.
Be severe, just do what you feel you should. Follow your orders. Your actions are the soldiers of your mind, don't accept deserters, or lazy or irresponsible ones. Don't talk yourself into avoiding the trouble. Dare to be or do what you want to be or do.
(Changes to hex.9)

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