Empty Days

Friday, March 18, 2005



What I-Ching thinks of my situation right now.


29. K'an = The Abyss:

The Judgment:

Abyss upon Abyss;
Danger piled on danger.
If you are sincere, you have success in your heart,
And whatever you do will succeed.

The Image:

Water flows ever on and so reaches its destiny:
The image of the abyss upon the abyss.
Thus the superior man walks in lasting virtue
And carries on the business of teaching.

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Old Yin (Six) in the third place means:
Forward and backward, abyss on abyss.
In danger like this, pause at first and wait,
Otherwise you will fall deeper into the abyss.
Do not act in this way.


Old Yin (Six) in the fourth place means:
A jug of wine, a bowl of rice with it;
Earthen vessels
Handed roughly in through a crevice.
There is certainly no blame in this.


Old Yin (Six) at the top means:
Bound with cords and ropes,
Shut in between thorn-hedged prison walls:
For three years one does not find the way.
Great misfortune.


I interpret the 1st as "riding in traffic" and the advice: not to run red lights.
The 2nd line means the way main office and dispatcher acts towards me.
The 3rd is clearly a possibility of paralyzing traffic accident - sounds like the life of a sever paraplegic.

The overall meaning is really keen on the situation - danger all around and having a clear heart to deal with it. As I am not "sincere" or with a clear heart, I will not succeed but will mess up even worse. Sounds about right.

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Resulting situation is 44. Kou = Coming Together:

The Judgment:

Coming Together. The woman has power.
No marriage can be favourable.

The Image:

The wind blows under the heavens:
This is the image of Coming Together.
Thus the superior man gives out his commands,
Proclaiming them to the four corners of the land.





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