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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Hexagram 18

Gu, Can o' worms


trigram Mountain
Trigram Wind

Gua Poem:
Decay. Eminent - expansion. Harvest wading the great river. Before Jia three days, after Jia three days.

The great image says: At the foot of the mountain the wind blows: decay. The noble one inspires the people to raise virtue.

  Gu: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.17.

  Top line: Not serving king or lord. Honoring one's affairs high.
Everyone's spirit and Dao is unique, as long as it serves anyone else it is not true to itself. But.. there is also a danger here. If you don't serve your lord, then who do you serve? Your own affairs? Your own ambitions to climb the 46-ladder?
(Changes to hex.46)  Mirror

  Line 5: Stem-father's decay. Use praise.
With praise and rewards one can gently induce changes where every other method fails. Do not force people or events when it is not necessary, act as gentle as possible, then changes can grow organically. The slightest push can thwart growth.
(Changes to hex.57)  Mirror

  Line 4: Tolerating father's decay. To proceed sees distress.
One learns about laws in childhood. Without this knowledge one cannot build up a solid life. For every decision, power, intuition, insight, one has to draw on this inner source. So if they failed to teach you then learn about them. If you tolerate your own lack of rules, you are no better than the one who didn't teach you.
(Changes to hex.50)  Mirror

  Line 3: Stem-father's decay. There is some regret. Without big fault.
Fighting decay and weakness will only succeed if one exaggerates a bit. Straightening something bent needs a little bending in the other direction.
(Changes to hex.4)  Mirror

  Line 2: Stem-mother's decay. No determination possible.
Do not answer to demands which go against your sense of righteousness, beauty or love, even if they are commonly accepted as being good and nice. Many 'nice' gestures are demeaning for the recipient, taking away his strength or self-confidence.
(Changes to hex.52)  Mirror

  Bottom line: Stem-father's decay. There is a son. The deceased father is without fault. Danger. Completion is auspicious.
Some things have to be done. It is not your choice, but it is your fate or position. So do them the best you can, do not fight this obligation, which is essentially someone else's. You just happen to be the one who has to do it.
(Changes to hex.26)   Mirror

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