FOR THE WEEK OF July 22, 2019
The I Ching is a book of Chinese wisdom, the accumulated experience of over 2,500 years of diviners and sages, and beyond that of unimaginably ancient oral traditions; it’s a guide to an ethical life, a manual for rulers, and an oracle of one’s personal future and the future of the state. The book of divination is based on eight symbolic trigrams and sixty-four hexagrams.
The oracles have been offering people help and wise, genial guidance for generations. It will tell you what challenges and opportunities you are likely to face if you take a particular path, and how you can negotiate the obstacles you meet. This is the opposite of 'fortune telling'. Being told what will happen, as if your own choices had nothing to do with the outcome, is deeply disempowering. The I Ching tells seekers what effects their choices will have, and helps them to develop strategies to achieve their goals.
One needs to apply wisdom received in this post to upcoming events as they unfold during the coming week.
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THE CREATIVE works sublime success,
Furthering through perseverance.
The way of the Creative works through change and transformation so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony. This is what furthers and perseveres. In relation to the human sphere, this shows how the great man brings peace and security to the world through his activity in creating order. He towers high above the multitude of beings, and all lands are united in peace.
The movement of heaven is full of power.
Thus the superior man makes himself strong and untiring.
The sage learns how best to develop himself so that his influence may endure. He must make himself strong in every way by consciously casting out all that is inferior and degrading. Thus he attains that tirelessness which depends on consciously limiting the fields of his activity.
Nine in the second place means:
Dragon appearing in the field.
It furthers one to see the great man.
Here the effects of the light-giving power begin to manifest themselves. In terms of human affairs, it means that the great man makes his appearance in his chosen field of activity. As yet he has no commanding position but is still with his peers. However what distinguishes him from the others is his seriousness of purpose, his unqualified reliability, and the influence he exerts on his environment without conscious effort. Such a man is destined to gain great influence and to set the world in order. Therefore it is favorable to see him.