Hexagram 24 – Turning Point

Earth over Wood. Earth goes down, wood stays still or moves upwards (?). The soil is over the seed that has sprouted. It's a work in progress but the work has started. Earth generates Wood. The outside world is nourishing and feeding the inner self. The outer self/image supports the private self. One of the … Continue reading Hexagram 24 – Turning Point

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Should I Return to Employment This/Next Year?

Scott asked whether it's advisable for him to return to employment this or next year. He has been pursuing his dream for nearly a year now but the income from it is unstable and his future is uncertain. He casted hexagram 32 with changing lines 1 and 4. Approached hexagram is 11. Using Jou's method, … Continue reading Should I Return to Employment This/Next Year?

Duration/Constancy – Hexagram 32

__  __ __  __ _____ _____ _____ __  __ Thunder over Wind. Both thunder and wind represent the elemental wood. Visualise a plank of wood - it is firm, stable, definite, concrete, tangible. You know what you are getting. What you see is what you get. Perhaps, that's another reason why Hexagram 32 is labelled … Continue reading Duration/Constancy – Hexagram 32

Overcoming Hardships (Hexagram 39)

What do the ancients say about hardships and obstructions in our lives? Firstly, hardships and obstructions are signified by hexagram 39 which is made up of water at the top (outer trigram) and mountain at the bottom (inner trigram). Water during the olden days represents danger. Mountain denotes stillness. Unchanging danger or difficulty sounds like … Continue reading Overcoming Hardships (Hexagram 39)

The Fall After the Climax

It can be really insightful to read the hexagram that's before the one that you have cast. Take for example, hexagram 56, Travelling. The decision according to Huang's translation is "Travelling. Little prosperity and smoothness. Traveller, being steadfast and upright: good fortune." The hexagram before it is hexagram 55, Abundance "Abundance. Prosperous and smooth. The … Continue reading The Fall After the Climax