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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Hexagram 30

Lí, catching the bird of brightness


trigram Fire
trigram Fire

Gua Poem:
The Bright Bird,
Fruitful to divinine - expansion
. Raising female cattle is auspicious

The great image says: Brightness doubled brings the Bright Bird. The great man illumines the four regions by his continuous brightness.

  Lí: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.29.

  Top 9: The king makes use of going out on an expedition with a celebration, chopping off heads. The catch is not the enemy. No fault.
 In order to make an idea visible for others, one has to make a show. Only truth is often too dim for others to become inspired. Do not deceive them, but make a theatre of what you have to say.
(Changes to hex.55)  Mirror

  6 at 5: Producing tears in streams, grieving with laments. Auspicious.
 One shows oneself most clearly in one's sorrow. Tears often say more than words. A contact that is based on deep and genuine feelings is rich in value and honesty.
 (Changes to hex.13)   Mirror

  9 at 4: Then arising suddenly, then praised, then dying, then thrown away.
 Things which are too superficial, too fast, too light to make roots, they disappear again without even leaving traces. But sometimes things are not meant to be of eternal value. A smile, a joke, a hug, don't make them heavy. Enjoy the moment and go on.
 (Changes to hex.22)  Mirror

  9 at 3: The Bright Bird of sunset. Not drumming on jars and singing, then big laments of old age. Pitfall.
 If you are not able to use little events as cause for joy, happiness or togetherness, difficult times will be a disaster for you. Seemingly useless things can be extremely useful in another realm of consciousness, so open your eyes and look for them. If your heart stays young and open, so will you.
  (Changes to hex.21)  Mirror

  6 at 2: Yellow Bright Bird. Very auspicious.
 Make yourself clear to others and everything else to yourself. Your actions, your relations, your mind, your life. When all these are clear, open and true, you find the right directions in life and others will respect you. Obscurity and vagueness drain life of its energy.
  (Changes to hex.14) >  Mirror

  Initial 9: Treading is staggeringly. Respect it. Without fault.
 It is not necessary to be perfect. Everybody recognizes a serious attempt and an honest effort. It is better to show a clumsy truth than a fake show. 
 (Changes to hex.56) >  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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