Fu Xi by Guo Xu 1503

I CHING

The I Ching, or Book of Changes is an ancient Chinese book of wisdom and divination with a history of more than two and a half millennia of commentary and interpretation. (click for more).

The I Ching comprises 64 images called hexagrams.

Each hexagram is made up of six lines, which can be either solid (yang, active, leading):___
or open (yin, receptive, following): _ _

solid/yang and open/yin lines

Each hexagram has a meaning and each line within each hexagram has a more specific meaning to the overall meaning of the hexagram.

The lines are counted from the bottom up, like the floors of a building.

The first line is the beginning of the situation; the sixth line is the last.

sample hexagram and lines numbered

The hexagrams are numbered according to their sequence in the I Ching.

Like 64 chapters in a book with each chapter having six paragraphs.

A hexagram and line are chosen by throwing 6 coins at random and noting the arrangement of heads and tails.

Makes no sense but that’s synchronicity for you.

Amy and I mostly consult and teach the I Ching on individual matters.

However the I Ching has a long history of being consulted by kings and princes in the governing of their states.

From time to time Amy and I tune into the news and are inspired to have the I Ching comment on some public event or other.

Here are the results of four recent questions posed to the I Ching.

Sunday 7/23/17

Question: Motion to proceed on Tuesday’s Healthcare debate.

Response: Hexagram 12 line 6.

hexagram 12 with line 6 indicated

Interpretation: Hexagram 12 denotes a situation of stagnation or obstruction.

In line 6 the obstruction is finally overcome.

Result: 7/25/17 Motion to proceed passes.

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Friday 7/27/17

Question: “Skinny” repeal of healthcare in Senate tomorrow.

Response: Hexagram 3 line 6.

hexagram 3 with line 6 indicated

Interpretation: Hexagram 3 is about difficulty in getting things started.

Line 6: “On a horse at a standstill, tears of blood flow”.

A commentary by Cheng Yi (11th century) says of this line: “Weak people at the culmination of difficulty, in extreme danger, without any helpers, unable to relax, yet unable to get anywhere.”

Result: 7/28/17 Senate bill defeated.

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Saturday 7/28/17

Question: After a series of gaffes (as usual) — Trump now?

Response: Hexagram 29 line 2.

hexagram 29 with line 2 indicated

Interpretation: Hexagram 29 says you are in danger. Line two says you are surrounded by pitfalls but are safe for now — if you keep your nose clean.

We’ll see.

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8/8/17

Question: Trump threatens North Korea, after they have developed deliverable nuclear warheads, with “fire and fury”.

The U.N. imposes sanctions.

This rhetoric from North Korea is not unusual.

What is the situation?

Response: Hexagram 44 line 2.

hexagram 44 with line 2 indicated

Interpretation: An intrusive and unwelcome element has entered the scene.

The story illustrating this hexagram is of an aggressive woman (North Korea) pushing her way into a men only club. Do not marry her is the advice.

“An emaciated pig leaps around.” Is another phrase used in the commentary; an apt description of North Korea.

Line 2 says: “Keep the fish in the bag, it is not for guests.”

There are many hexagrams that recommend force — this is not one of them.

Diplomacy and containment are indicated here rather than “fire and fury”.

China borders North Korea; they are North Korea’s biggest trader and so have the most influence; though they have little desire to see the buffer between them and South Korea eliminated.

Vladivostok is only 200 miles away from North Korea and shares an 11 mile border with North Korea; so Russia is also involved.

North Korea wants to belong to the nuclear club and be granted the status and security of being a club member.

“Gotta have a gun to get respect in the ‘hood.”

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That’s it folks. If you have a question of general interest you would like the I Ching to comment on, then drop us a line and we’ll throw the coins for you.

All the best –

Roderic and Amy.