I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
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  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Hexagram 50

Dĭng, The ritual cauldron

trigram Fire
Trigram Wind

Gua Poem:
The cauldron. Eminent auspiciousness. Expansion.

The great image says: Above wood there is fire: the cauldron. The noble one corrects the situation to solidify fate.

  Dĭng: the ideogram and the story (NEW) What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.3. Hex. 50 is established result, 3 is starting from scratch. Try to find the balance between those two, a new start needs structure, an established structure needs the flexibility of renewal.

  Top 9: The vessel has jade rings. Great auspiciousness. Nothing that does not bear fruit.
  Spiritual inspiration is one of the greatest things that can happen to you. It makes every aspect of your life shine, from health to relationships, work, appearance, creativity, happiness. Treat it with great reverence, keep it clean and far from anything that drags it down. It is healing and sacred.
  (Changes to hex.32)  Mirror

  6 at 5: The vessel has yellow ears, metal rings. Fruitful to determine.
When all the circumstances and conditions - the womb - are perfect, then and there a strong new life can grow. Revere it, hold it sacred. 
  (Changes to hex.44)  Mirror

  9 at 4: The vessel breaks a foot. The stew of the Gong is overturned, his appearance soiled. Pitfall.
  When a Ding topples, everyone will be soiled, no matter who caused it. So be very careful in deciding by whom or how things will be handled or how you yourself handle situations.
  (Changes to hex.18)   Mirror

  9 at 3: The vessel is stripped of its ears. One's moving is blocked. The juice of the pheasant is not eaten. Rain in the region makes regret pass away. In the end auspicious.
  Before one can start to accomplish something big, there has to be order in one’s life. From out a mess, neglect, faults or lack of oversight, only a disaster can ensue. First of all, look around you and mend what has to be mended. Examine your intuition, your plans, your tools, the coöperation you can expect and the quality of your helpers.
(Changes to hex.64)   Mirror

  9 at 2: The cauldron is richly filled. My companion is afflicted. Not able to reach me. Auspicious.
  Who has inner strength cannot be infected, who has a rich mind (or sees his life as rich) knows no envy, a healthy plant has no lice. Life supports life, it makes itself survive. Don't get depressed by a bad situation, your essential riches are inside. 
  (Changes to hex.56)  Mirror

  Initial 6: A cauldron with turned-up feet. Fruitful to get out obstructions. Acquire a concubine for a son. No fault.
  When things don't work, then don't be afraid to turn them upside down or inside out. Don't spare tradition, holiness or knowledge which yield no result. Even gods have a duty, don't accept one who makes unhappy. 
  (Changes to hex.14)  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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