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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Hexagram 23

Bo, Stripping

Gua Poem:
Stripping. No harvest proceeding probing.

The judgment says: The mountain is attached to the earth, Stripping. The high ones make their house peaceful by generosity to the low ones.

  Bo: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.43.

  Top 9: A big fruit is not eaten. The noble one acquires a sedan chair, the small man strips the hut.
  When there is something everyone covets, some people will fight for it, others will deserve it without making a problem whether they get it or not. The fight can destroy much, most of all relations. The other way will show someone's worth.
Relating hexagram: hex.2   Mirror

  6 at 5: A string of fish. Favor through the palace people. Nothing that does not bear fruit.
  What you get is the result of what you bring into it. The first steps are crucial. Prepare carefully, find the right helpers, or rather ask those already here, physical or in your own mind. Use your resources, get rid of anything useless and make a good plan.
  Relating hexagram: hex.20)  Mirror

  6 at 4: Stripping the rest(ingplace) by superficiality. Pitfall.
Living restless, without depth or meaning, life is insignificant and one is prone to irreversible mistakes and faults, and even destruction. Search beyond the outer skin for only there the heart's rest can be found.
(Changes to hex.35)

  6 at 3: Stripping it. Without fault.
To be yourself, living your own life, making your own decisions, you have to break away from all those people (inside or outside) who tell you how to live. Or even without saying anything, expect you to live according to their views. Even if you choose an absurd life - so what? It is your life.
(Changes to hex.52)  Mirror

  Line 2: Stripping the rest(ingplace) by discernment. Disregard the divination: pitfall.
Use your knowledge and experience to detect when things are not right, and then get rid of them. Just letting things be may seem easier, but you have to be severe. You are the one who has to shape your life, no one else, and keeping it clean or cleaning it up is essential.
(Changes to hex.4)  Mirror

  Initial 6: Stripping the rest(ingplace) at its base. Disregard the divination: pitfall.
  Keep your eyes open for the reality of life. When you feel something is not right, in you or the other or something else, then ask your intuition or spirits or gods and listen to them. Don't build on a weak footing.
(Changes to hex.27)  Mirror

  No lines changing: you can try to do things, but they may fail or even backfire. If there's nothing that should (or can) be done, then this might be a good time to relax and refuel. The Poem and the Image are guides that show you the best way to do that.

  The Trigrams offer possibilities that the hexagram-texts don't show.

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