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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Sun



Hexagram 05

Xū, waiting, needing

Gua Poem:
Waiting with truth: shining expansion, determination auspicious.
Fruitful to cross the great stream.

The great image says: Clouds rise up to heaven: Waiting for the rain to stop. The noble one drinks and eats and reposes relaxed.

  Xū: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.35.

Top 6: Entering the cave. There are unexpected visitors. Three people come. Respect them. The end is auspicious.
Even in difficult situations there are always possibilities. Keep your mind open, something might come up. Especially when your mind is at a loss, the unexpected can happen. Some call it a miracle. Read what Rumi says
(Changes to hex.9)   Mirror

9 at 5: Waiting with liquor and food. Determination auspicious.
Every situation asks for its own appropriate attitude. When you eat, then enjoy eating, when you work, enjoy it, when you wait, enjoy it. Give every aspect of life an honorful place in your mind. Positive living summons positive forces, negative living drains life of all its energy and worth.
(Changes to hex.11)    Mirror

6 at 4: Waiting in the blood. Get out of the cave.
Don’t wait and stay in a place not fit for you. A bad place, a wrong mind-set, low company. It is often difficult to take the plunge, but if you don’t, you spoil your time, your mind, maybe even your life.
If everything is wrong, then how can a good thing come about?
(Changes to hex.43)

9 at 3: Waiting in the mud. It will attract bandits.
Feelings have a tendency to fall asleep when they have to wait. Sometimes an impulsive, maybe foolish, act is better than becoming dull. Dullness can cause much greater disaster than an occasional foolishness.
(Changes to hex.60)   Mirror

9 at 2: Waiting on the sandbank. The small ones have something to say. The completion is auspicious.
When your boat is stranded on the sand, everyone will tell you some solution, but the only sensible thing is just to wait for the rain. Then the river will lift you up and your journey goes on.
(Changes to hex.63)   Mirror

Initial 9: Waiting in the outskirts. Harvest: benefit of steadiness. No fault.
People need a place with culture, but without any demands, for mutual contact. It becomes the center of their country, their people. They will know where they belong and feel at home, and who they are.
(Changes to hex.48)  Mirror

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