Hexagram 47 ~ Exhaustion

Again, Confucius’s commentary on the symbol is very insightful:Read More »


To Comment or Not to?

I have written a piece involving a case in Ireland. I thought it might be helpful to share it with others to shed light on the matter. But I’m also aware of potential repercussions of doing so (e.g. getting sued for defamation or killed by some gangster) even though my intention is to be helpful. So, as usual, I consulted with I Ching. It came back with hexagram 6, moving lines 1st and 3rd, and transforming into hexagram 1.Read More »

Which Health Insurance to Switch to?

The private health insurance landscape in Ireland is mental. There are over 325 plans available. It can be very tough and downright confusing to figure out which one best meets your objectives. Paddy visited me recently, expressing his dismay at the increase in his 2018 health insurance premium of €150 by his current health insurer, Irish Life. He’s keen to switch to another plan that provides coverage in semi-private room in a private hospital. He had two plans in mind – Laya Healthcare Precision 600 and Precision 450, the former being his preference.Read More »

Winter Solstice and I Ching

Winter Solstice reminds me of Hexagram 24 in I Ching, which goes by names including “Turning Back”, “Return”.

Hexagram 24 reminds us that when things reach their extreme, they have to turn back. For example, spring returns after a winter. This is the law of nature and not brought about by force. Likewise, when life is dark and tough and you have reached rock bottom, surely, life will only improve from then on.

Take heart of the natural cycle of life, life voyager!

Hexagram 43

Question: Should Mr Life apply for the licence for his business?

Insight: Hexagram 43, with 1st, 5th and 6th changing line, transformed into hexagram 50.

Hexagram 43 – heaven at the bottom and lake/mist at the top. Huge “rain” clouds is in the sky, ready to burst into rain anytime. You need to act decisively to explode it, to rid it. That’s why hexagram 43 comprise 5 yang lines from the bottom and a yin line at the very top. The yang forces are taking over and there’s one yin line left. The 5th line needs to act decisively and purge the 6th yin line out of the way.

The reality is that Mr Life has been thinking of getting the licence for months. But the high cost of it along with the regulatory requirements after obtaining it are expected to be very onerous. So, hexagram 43 might describe him making a resolute decision.

Changing 1st: I like what Huang has translated “Going forward, unable to compete. Instead becomes a fault.” Indeed, Mr Life hopes to compete with other suppliers once he obtains the licence. Wilhelm translates it as “When one goes and is not equal to the task, one makes a mistake.”

Changing 5th: Wilhelm translates it as “In dealing with weeds, firm resolution is necesssary. Walking in the middle remains free of blame.” Now this is interesting, is there a middle path that is available to Mr Life. Surely obtaining the licence is the extreme path.

Changing 6th: Huang translates it as “Howling, no response.” There’s an interesting translation as the original Mandarin could, I suppose, be interpreted as “Nothing” and “Howling”. And from “nothing” to “No response” although I’m not sure if it’s too much of a stretch. Intuitively, Mr Life feels that his application for the licence might not be successful and actually be disregarded. Hence, the validity of “no response”. Or it could mean that he needs to exclaim and make a big deal out of everything to get his way.

All in all, it seems like the insight is no go for the licence, especially when an emphasis is placed on the middle changing life i.e. 5th. Mr Life will explore what the middle path might mean to him.


A card is selected for affirmation of the above insight. The question asked was “Is it advisable to apply for the licence from now until the end of next year?” The Tower came out while shuffling the cards. Upheaval, a mess, chaos. Hmmm. I nevertheless proceeded to pick a card for Mr Life. King of Cups showed. Pisces. Which matches Mr Life’s Midheaven and his Sun sign. Go with the flow. Go with his intuition. What’s the red ship sailing in the choppy waters behind the King? Interestingly, the King of cups is firmly grounded in the choppy, rough waters.



Hexagram 51-1

A woman contacted for a consultation. The voice didn’t give me me a good vibe. Reeks of Saturn or Capricorn. Later on, I learned that she is a practising medium, clairvoyant, astrology writer, etc. Why would she want a consultation from me, who has less years of experience than her?Read More »

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 labels is “Turning Point”. There are five yin lines on top of a yang line. The latter has infiltrated the mutiny of yin lines. Visualise the ying-yang taoist symbol. Six ying lines would have the same quality as the ying portion of the ying-yang symbol – black, dark, absorbing. The tide has turned. The yang will only advance upwards from now on. The situation will only get better from now on.


Hexagram 36 – Darkening of the Light

Earth over Fire.

Earth goes down. It can’t be up otherwise, the ground or soil would be floating in the air! Fire goes up, just like the flame from a candle or flames of a bonfire is to go up. Earth snuffs out fire, resulting in darkness. That is why one of the labels of hexagram 36 is “Darkening of the Light”.

Earth is above, representing the outside world. Fire is below, representing the inner self. So, the concerns of the material world diminishes the inner self, energy, creativity, passion or vision. It’s like the sky has fallen over us. It could be tough times indeed. How do we overcome darkness? By brightness, having light which is hope. It’s like walking in a tunnel without light. To see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, we have to keep walking ahead, one step at one time, gingerly.

Earth is above, which can also suggest our outer self. Earth is to be receptive, to be gentle. Therefore, it could be a time of clothing your brilliance, intelligence (fire below) with meekness, receptiveness and nurture. It’s to keep a low profile and bid your time really. Be patient.

Changing line 3: The translation by Sherrill and Chu mentioned “Do not expect corrections to be made all at once. Excesses must be avoided.” It sounds like avoid perfection. Focus on the 20% that brings in 80% of the results. Be practical. Virgos may consider how this applies to them.