YiJing and dreams
When I made this page, I asked the Yi (I Ching) about how to set to it.
The answer was 34/6 (hex.34, 6th or top-line) changing to 14.
Hexagrams filled with power, although the changing line seemed not very encouraging. But ..
"When things gets entangled and without a way out, then comes the value of hardship: for building character and acquiring big vigor in the spirit. Then come the blessings from heaven (14.6)" (Interpretation: Bruce Grilli).
So I decided to go on: making a page for finding out about entanglement, for putting in all your strength to find a way out, for disentangling. An easy interpretation is of little use, one which does not demand the dreamer to change and work. But searching through images, connecting them with your inner or outer needs or mistakes, giving all your energy to find the meaning and to change according to what you found, and then the blessings from heaven.
A description of what a good interpretation is about. Both for dreams and for divination with the Yi.
To me, interpreting a Yi reading is very similar to interpreting a dream. The key symbols are present, and itís a matter of finding what those symbols mean at both the archetypal and local level. In interpretation, it is the archetype which points the way toward the local event. This is just the opposite of the dreamerís perspective, which originates at the local level but utilizes the archetypal landscape to express the local eventís value. In this sense they are entirely related. One expands outward from the subjective view while the other reduces inward from the objective view. Where they meet is the valid interpretation.
Applying this to the relation of the primary and secondary hexagrams, they too meet in the middle. The secondary or relating hexagram is the interpreterís view (larger picture) while the primary is the subjectís experience. The direction of movement is relative to the objective or subjective perspective. The interpreter comes at it from outward to inward while the questioner experiences it from inward to outward. Being the one who is both the experience and interpreter is more difficult because it requires shifting back and forth from one view to the other. Viewing the secondary hexagram as the big picture, or as the direction from outward toward inward, and viewing the primary hexagram as the subjective experience, which moves from center toward outward, is where the valid interpretation meets.
A mythological view of multiple change lines:
Good council isnít always singular. Thereís often more than one point that can be made. Multiple change lines allow for additional input.
A fun way of seeing this counseling session is as having more than one councilor, or in terms of myth, more than one god or goddess offering council or advise. This gives a place to the appearance of conflicting answers from the change lines. One god is paternal in approach, while another is maternal. Another is impartial, while yet another is as a brother, or a lover, or a grandfather.
Not very scientific but it can be dynamic.
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