Hexagram #23

Hexagram #23 is called "Stripping" or "Splitting Apart".  My teacher used to say the image was that of a sagging ridgepole in a house, one that was about to break apart.  This is one of the calendar hexagrams, corresponding to the month of November.  During November, the last of the leaves are being stripped from... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #22

Hexagram #22 is called "Adorning" or "Grace".  Visually the inverse of the one before it, the trigrams that make up this hexagram are fire beneath the mountain, suggesting a brightness within. This hexagram suggests a time to let the changes that are taking place inside you be seen on the outside.  It is a time... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #21

Hexagram #21 is called "Gnawing" or "Biting Through".  It points to a difficult situation, and likens it to something being in your mouth, keeping your jaws from coming together.  You are advised to attack the problem,  to gnaw on it until you break through it.  Once you break through it, you will also see what... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #20

Hexagram #20 is called Viewing or Contemplation.  Like all  the even-numbered hexagrams we've seen so far (except for #2) this hexagram is the visual inverse of the one preceding it. This hexagram points to a time of watching things, but not acting.  You are advised to watch carefully, to look deeply and see things you... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #19

Hexagram #19 is Nearing or Approach.  This is a very positive hexagram that speaks of a new time and the approach of something significant and powerful.  You are advised to welcome the approach, but not to expect immediate results.  This is the time of growth, not of harvest.  Tend to the approach with care and... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #18

Hexagram #18 is called Corruption, Decay, or "Work on that which is spoiled.  It is the visual inverse of the previous hexagram.  While it is, on the surface, not a positive hexagram, it highlights the very nature of change that it contains within in a positive possibility.  This hexagram points to a time of corruption... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #17

Hexagram #17 is called "Following".  In this hexagram, there is an inevitable course of events unfolding and you are advised to surrender to this flow.  Yielding to the path will actually be the way of least resistance, and the events are all connected.  This can signal a new beginning, and a successful time.  Just as... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #16

Hexagram #16 is called "Providing For" or "Enthusiasm".  It's the visual inverse of the previous hexagram.  This hexagram suggests that being prepared lets you respond spontaneously, and this seems to be the connection between the two names given for it. "Providing For" tells you that now is the time to build up your resources and... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #15

Hexagram #15 is called Humbling or Modesty.  The main focus of the hexagram is just as the name implies, to keep oneself humble or modest and one will meet with success in this time.  By taking a yielding position, you can use an adversary's strength against them, much like the adage we are often taught... Continue Reading →

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