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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Hexagram 11 and the sacred mountain Tai

  Mount Tai dominates the fields of the Zhou. Everyone who ever lived close to a mountain, even a small child, knows it means 'home'.
  A real home means safety and happiness, even when it is not ideal. "It is what it is", and it is yours.

  In the times when King Wen lived, having a permanent home was paramount and a huge blessing. A big solid mountain was like a promise that it would last forever. It can be a house with your family, or a farm with people and animals, or a country under your reign, but having a home means having responsibility. For a good happy home that also means there is love involved, and then it comes close to a mandate, a responsibility bestowed by 'the gods'.
  In hexagram 11, the lines 2 and 5 are about responsibility towards the land and towards the people and future of this home "for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health".

  11.2: "Reckon with crop failure, avail of fording the Hé-river, leave not the distant behind and lose friends. One acquires honor by moving in the golden mean".
  11.5: "Emperor Yi marries off his younger sister. Thereby is blessing. Great auspiciousness".
  You have a responsibility for both present and future — fulfill it.

Mount Tai is the symbol of all this. From the home created by loving responsible parents to the one reigned by a good king.
Meanings of TAI: Grand, great, eminent, supreme, excessive, arrogant, spread out and reach everywhere, quiet, ease, good luck, effortless, honorable, prosperous, too much, exaggerated, lofty.

last update: 22.09.2022


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