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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon


trigram Mountain
trigram Thunder

Hexagram 27

Yí, jaws

Gua poem:
Jaws, divination auspicious. Contemplating the jaws is the origin of seeking real substance for the mouth.

The great image says: Thunder at the foot of the mountain: jaws. The noble one uses cautious language and limited food and drink.

  Yí: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.28.

Top 9: The source of jaws: danger. Auspicious. Fruitful to wade the great stream.
Spiritual food is the source of every kind of food, even of the daily bread. When the soul is nourished, very little and simple food will be enough to survive. When the soul is starving, even the best food is not enough. Many people postpone a certain death because their soul is still too much alive. Waiting for a grandchild to be born, or a wish to be fulfilled.
(Changes to hex.24)  Mirror

6 at 5: Rejecting the regular path. Divination about settling is auspicious. It does not permit wading the great stream.
Taking the road less traveled means your road will not be easy, but it will be your own road. It will reflect your character, your values, without any imposed boundaries. Not needing acceptance from others, your imagination can run free, but you will have to carve out your own place.
(Changes to hex.42)  Mirror

6 at 4: Wholly intent jaws, auspicious. A tiger's view is greedy, greedy, his desires are pursuing, pursuing. Without fault.
If one is always intent on finding nourishment, one will find food where-ever one is. Unseemly, improbable or even impossible things and places carry values. They are seen by eyes intent to see, ears wanting to hear, a nose catching scents of trails.
(Changes to hex.21)  Mirror
(see also Marshall about tiger and dragon)

6 at 3: Rejecting jaws. Divination pitfall. For ten years no use. Nothing bears fruit.
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.22)  Mirror

6 at 2: Wholly intent jaws, Rejecting the regular path to the hill. For jaws to set things right: pitfall.
Do not try to restrain what is by nature excessive. Changing a Tao causes accidents. In the world all is about the normal, but the world lives by what is abnormal. So give the excessive enough room to exist.
(Changes to hex.41)  Mirror

Initial 9: The magic turtle abandons you and you contemplate me moving jaws. Pitfall.
Don't let your creativity drown in insecurity, envy, restlessness or duties. The worst enemy of creativity is your own sense of obligation to what you expect of yourself. Another one is expecting that it comes from someone or somewhere else. Just rely on your own heart. If you want to eat, then search for food. You are the one who knows what you really need or want.
(Changes to hex.23)  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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last update: 07.09.2023


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