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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

The lines of hexagram 20

  For the meaning of Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE
  20.0 The character for worshiping or sacrificing is grass + a legendary animal, a unicorn or elk. 'The wind blows' means nowadays also: popular, in fashion. 'The whole country' is a character which depicts maybe a man with a carrying pole, but it looks very much like a man holding on to something or someone at both sides: forming a cordon, not missing one inch of the space.
  Line 2, looking through a tube. Line 3, advance-retreat also means sense of propriety.
  Line 4, guest is roof + soldier: maybe a garrison stationed to keep the place safe, quiet or under control.
  Line 6, 'someone' is the character qi. It was used often by the Shang people with scapulimancy: divining with 'oracle bones' or turtle plastrons. The graph is a basket, probably a winnowing basket. It means a probability, or what one would like to happen. "Wish that, might, will probably, hope for, aim at, someone, one's, his, its". Here it might mean the life one aims for, instead of the life of someone else. Contemplate 'a kind of' life. Then the meaning of the line would be: choose a clear goal and be honest about it, to the world and to yourself.
  About QI: HERE

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