I Ching Reflections 2014

Much of feng shui’s foundational information is rooted in the I Ching, one of the oldest books from China. You ask an open ended question and reflect on the answer. Each week I ask the question “What do I need to know this week?” and post the response. Studying the meaning of the hexagrams is an excellent way of connecting with current energies, noticing patterns, and learning how to “go with the flow.”  The first hexagram is for the present and the second one is for the future. The changing lines are a bridge from “now” to “then.”

I hope you find the reflections helpful. Contact Peg Donahue for a personalized reading.

What do I need to know this week?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hexagram 37:Family. No changing lines.

Hexagram 37Hexagram 37: Wind over Fire forms the condition for Family. Inner radiance is carried by the outer wind. This is a time to approach relationships as Family. Healthy families embody three qualities: love, faithfulness, and proper conduct. In order to improve your family, company, nation, or world, begin with yourself. Actions speak louder than words. Concentrate on your character. This is a time of good fortune.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hexagram 55: Zenith changes to Hexagram 7: Collective Force.

Changing lines: 1,2, 3, and 4.

I Ching Hexagram 55Hexagram 55: Thunder over Fire forms the condition for Zenith. You are at the peak. You fulfill your potential, achieve your goals or exhaust the possibilities. Move quickly. The Zenith is a brief period. Make the most of the matters at hand. Success and prosperity are imminent. Once on top, decline begins. It is a part of the natural cycle. Expect such change. All that you are creating will sustain you through the decline. Your successes will serve as the foundation for later growth. This is an ideal time for self discovery.

Changing line 1: Associate with those whose goals are similar to bring clarity, energy, and completion.

Changing line 2: Outside obstacles stand in your way. Be sincere and truthful for a fortunate outcome.

Changing line 3: Patience is required. Incompetence may be playing a part.

Changing line 4: Your situation is finally coming together to help you achieve your goal. A positive attitude and wise decision-making will lead to good fortune.

Hexagram 7Hexagram 7: Earth over Water forms the condition for Collective Force. You can tap into the energy of mass support if you communicate effectively and your goals are  in line with the sentiments of society. Be supportive and generous with others. This is a favorable time to broaden ideals to encompass larger goal.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hexagram 16: Harmonize changes to Hexagram 31: Attraction.

Changing lines: 3 and 5.

Hesagram 16Hexagram 16: Thunder over Earth forms the condition for Harmonize. Listen to your inner voice. You are in a position to harmonize socially and communicate your ideas and interests. Do so by aligning your values with those of society and gain the cooperation of others. Anticipate what is needed. Select enthusiastic supporters.

Changing line 3: Develop self motivation to maintain your independence and self reliance.

Changing line 5:  Awareness of obstacles helps prevent chaos and defeat.

Hexagram 31Hexagram 31: Lake over Mountain forms the condition for Attraction. The Universe is held together by various forms of attraction, which create all things. It is a complex network of positive and negative charges. You are in a position of power. Free your mind of motive and prejudice in your situation. Be open and accepting toward others. Attraction is reciprocal.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hexagram 54: Subordinate changes to Hexagram 51: Shocking.

Changing line: 2.

hex 54Hexagram 54: Thunder over Lake forms the condition for Subordinate. This is a time to withdraw into the background and spend time strengthening your inner vision. If you are beginning a new job, correct early mistakes quickly and quietly. Acting as a subordinate, you can avoid error. Develop a long range ideal and focus on the future with clarity of purpose.

Changing line 2: Carry on with your vision to make progress, even though the situation is disappointing.

Hexagram 51Hexagram 51: Thunder over Thunder forms the condition for Shocking. The sudden force of double thunder represents very powerful and intense energy.  Similar to spring, the time is right for new growth to burst forth. This energy can be unpredictable, bringing you close to the inner workings of your nature. Although fear may inspire you to make initial changes, the sudden force of stored energy ultimately yields progress. Use this time to inspire yourself to make personal changes that will increase your vitality and success.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hexagram 17: Adapting changes to Hexagram 51: Shocking.

Changing line: 5.

Hexagram 17Hexagram 17: Lake over Thunder forms the condition for Adapting. Be flexible in your relationships and situations with others at this time. Release prejudices and opinions that may be holding you back. Adapting to goals that are harmonious with the times brings peace of mind and success.

Changing line 5: Set your sights and insist on the very best. You can attain it.

Hexagram 51Hexagram 51: Thunder over Thunder forms the condition for Shocking. The sudden force of double thunder represents very powerful and intense energy.  Similar to spring, the time is right for new growth to burst forth. This energy can be unpredictable, bringing you close to the inner workings of your nature. Although fear may inspire you to make initial changes, the sudden force of stored energy ultimately yields progress. Use this time to inspire yourself to make personal changes that will increase your vitality and success.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hexagram 7: Collective Force changes to Hexagram 40: Liberation.

Changing line: 4.

Hexagram 7Hexagram 7: Earth over Water forms the condition for Collective Force. You can tap into the energy of mass support if you communicate effectively and your goals are  in line with the sentiments of society. Be supportive and generous with others. This is a favorable time to broaden ideals to encompass larger goals while leading people through education, generosity, and leniency.

Changing line 4: Retreat against insurmountable obstacles. A more favorable time will come.

Hexagram 40Hexagram 40: Thunder over Water forms the condition for Liberation. It is within your power to resolve issues which have blocked your progress. Forgive past mistakes and transgressions. Clear the ground for new growth. The future is promising.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hexagram 49: Changing changes to Hexagram 24: Repeating.

Changing lines: 3, 4, and 5.

Hexagram 49: Lake over Fire forms the condition for Changing. A gradual transformation may be in order to avoid stagnation. Approach change with a correct attitude. Avoid haste and excessive behavior. Timing is very important. Allow time for the process to unfold as you gain the trust of others and regret disappears.

Changing line 3: Thoroughly contemplate your changes before proceeding.

Changing line 4: A significant change is at hand. there will be good fortune if you  are prepared and your motives are worthy.

Changing line: 5: Trust your intuition when bringing about change.

Hexagram 24 Repeating

Hexagram 24: Earth over Thunder forms the condition for Repeating. Thunder is active in the womb of the Earth. You are repeating a cycle in your life after a period of stagnation or frustration. The paths leading to growth are revealing themselves. Allow the improving situation to develop at its own pace. This is a time when like-minded people can work together toward a common goal. It is an ideal opportunity for self-knowledge. Set a goal. Repeating brings progress.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hexagram 12: Stagnation changes to Hexagram 53: Developing.

Changing lines: 3 and 4.

Hexagram 12Hexagram 12: Heaven over Earth forms the condition for Stagnation. Growth has stopped and things are at an impasse temporarily. Do not try to influence others. This is a time to hold onto your values, principles, and inner confidence. Remove yourself from any situation that causes conflict. This time will pass.

Changing line 3: Avoid using questionable methods and motives or shame could result.

Changing line 4: You can make progress if you are in harmony with the cosmos. Focus on being modest and correct in your approach. Take the high road.

Hexagram 53Hexagram 53: Wind over Mountain forms the condition for Developing. This is a  time natural unfolding of events. Allow the situation to develop gradually. Success comes as you maintain a clear vision of your plans while adapting to established traditions.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hexagram 9: Restrained changes to Hexagram 48: The Source.

Changing lines: 1 and 6.

Hexagram 9Hexagram 9: Wind over Heaven forms the condition for Restrained. Your impulses, intentions and plans may be held in check by an unknown detail. Stay close to the situation you wish to affect. Attend to details and avoid aggressive action. Restrain yourself until your plan can be accommodated.

Changing line 1: Avoid forcing your way. Hold back at this time.

Changing line 6: Be content with your initial progress. Wait for a better time to fully proceed.

Hexagram 48 The SourceHexagram 48: Water over Wind forms the condition for The Source. The Source is the inexhaustible pool of collective nourishment and  truth available to each of us. With a peaceful and reflective approach, go deep inside to gain clarity about the matter at hand. The deeper you go, the more meaningful your insight may be. Practice acceptance over judgment.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hexagram 4: Inexperience changes to Hexagram 32: Continuing.

Changing lines: 3, 4, and 6.

Hexagram 4Hexagram 4: Mountain over Water forms the condition for Inexperience. Know that you do not know what to do. Examine blind spots, ask for help and discover what you must learn. Consider the advice of your Advisor.

Changing line 3: Be smart about that which you desire. Do not throw yourself away.

Changing line 4: Your attitude may be unrealistic. If so, you may experience humiliation if you cannot be instructed.

Changing line 6: An inexperienced person may need to learn from mistakes the hard way.

Hexagram 32Hexagram 32: Thunder over Wind forms the condition for Continuing. Work within established systems to bring about order, unity, and security to you and your community.  Introduce new thought while adhering to the foundations that support sound growth and a well-ordered life.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hexagram 33: Retreat changes to Hexagram 13: Community.

Changing lines: 1 and 4.

Hexagram 33Hexagram 33: Heaven over Mountain forms the condition for Retreat. Withdraw from struggle and opposing forces at this time. This is a time to go within, reflect, and develop inner wisdom, strength, and reserve. When the proper time to advance comes, you will be ready.

Changing line 1:  Taking action now will only invite danger. Pull inward.

Changing line 4:If you are objective about your retreat, you will be more likely to easily adjust and make progress.

Hexagram 13Hexagram 13: Heaven over Fire forms the condition for Community. This is a favorable time for new endeavors. Society functions best when each member is gainfully employed, excelling doing something they love, and contributing to society’s overall goals. Focus on the creation of structure, processes, and healthy disciplines to help everyone align with the greater good. Be kind, humble, calm, and open, using proper behavior, when relating to others.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hexagram 28: Critical Mass changes to Hexagram 44: Temptation.

Changing line: 6.

Hexagram 28Hexagram 28: Lake over Wind forms the condition for Critical Mass. The time is right to act independently without fear. Important, serious and meaningful possibilities are coming to a head now. This could feel like a time of crisis. It is a good time to take a stand. Make decisions about your next move.

Changing line 6: An enormous sacrifice may be needed to reach the goal. Make sure it is worth accomplishing.

I Ching Hexagam 44Hexagram 44: Heaven over Wind forms the condition for Temptation. If a temptation with the power to throw you off-course  presents itself to you, withdraw your attention. Avoid wasting your time. Stay focused on your interests, convictions, and goals.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hexagram 4:Inexperience changes to Hexagram 23: Deterioration.

Changing line: 2.

Hexagram 4Hexagram 4: Mountain over Water forms the condition for Inexperience. Know that you do not know what to do. Examine blind spots, ask for help and discover what you must learn. Consider the advice of your Advisor.

Changing line 2: The person is this position can lead and inspire others through wisdom, compassion, and grace. Success is likely.

I Ching Hexagram 23Hexagram 23: Mountain over Earth forms the condition for Deterioration. It is part of the natural order of ebb and flow. Contemplate this time with great care, particularly in financial and business matters. Build a secure foundation by consolidating relationships. Keep a low profile. Nurture your body and mind. Look for wisdom within. The time to move toward your goal will come again.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hexagram 38:Contradiction changes to Hexagram 54: Subordinate.

Changing line: 6.

Hexagram 38Hexagram 38: Fire over Lake forms the condition for Contradiction. Seeing both sides clearly provides the opportunity for ultimate unity. Weigh the opposing viewpoints and use common ground to bring about mutual accord.

Changing line 6: You have lost perspective. Realize your mistakes for good fortune. Your friends are not your enemies.

Hexagram 54: Thunder over Lake forms the condition for Subordinate. This is a time to withdraw into the background and spend time strengthening your inner vision. If you are beginning a new job, correct early mistakes quickly and quietly. Acting as a subordinate, you can avoid error. Develop a long range ideal and focus on the future with clarity of purpose.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hexagram 29:Danger changes to Hexagram 63: After The End.

Changing lines: 1, 2, and 3.

Hexagram 29Hexagram 29: Water over Water forms the condition for Danger. The real danger is brought about by your immediate environment. Meet and overcome your difficulties through correct behavior. A time of challenge can bring out your best. It is a favorable time for inner development.

Changing line 1: The time is not right. Begin again at another time to prevent going further astray.

Changing line 2: Small, consistent efforts are possible at this time. No big change is possible.

Changing line 3: You do not understand the danger. Proceeding will only make matters worse.

I Ching Hexagram 63Hexagram 63: Water over Fire forms the condition for After The End. You have reached equilibrium and the end of a phase. Rather than relax, this is the time to contemplate and prepare for what is next. Changing circumstances and relationships provide the opportunity to strengthen your position and character. Take care of details along the way to help you successfully move toward what is next. Misfortune can be avoided through proper planning and foresight.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hexagram 44:Temptation changes to Hexagram 43: Resolution.

Changing lines: 1 and 6.

I Ching Hexagam 44Hexagram 44: Heaven over Wind forms the condition for Temptation. If a temptation with the power to throw you off-course  presents itself to you, withdraw your attention. Avoid wasting your time. Stay focused on your interests, convictions, and goals.

Changing line 1: Limit interior aspects to control their growth or influence. Do not ignore them. They will only get worse if you do so.

Changing line 6: An enormous sacrifice may be needed to reach the goal. Make sure it is worth accomplishing.

Hexagram 43: Lake over Heaven forms the condition for Resolution. Threatening forces are in a position to be eradicated. This must be done in the open and without violence. Deny your adversaries power by moving in the direction of what is good for common welfare. Raise issues frankly and honestly, without judgment. Bonds are strengthened as resolution springs fro your heart.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hexagram 57:Penetrating Influence.

No changing lines.

Hexagram 57Hexagram 57: Wind over Wind forms the condition for Penetrating Influence. Imagine a steady and gentle wind. The power of the mind through concentration is enhanced. A vision of what you want to accomplish, along with patience, and a long-term commitment brings success. Gradual, inconspicuous effort in a consistent direction brings progress. A gentle approach is key.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hexagram 20:Contemplating changes to Hexagram 59: Reuniting.

Changing line: 2.

Hexagram 20Hexagram 20: Wind over Earth forms the condition for Contemplating. Approach all situations with seasonality in mind: the Spring of new ideas, the summer of work and growth, the autumn of harvest and completion and the winter of rest. Reflect on the season of situation and you can approach it with a predictable plan. Honest contemplation will help you to explore new ideas, reflect, and modify any practices that need adjustment.

Changing line 2: You must develop a broader sense of self and viewpoint in order to expand your influence within the wider world.

Hexagram 59Hexagram 59: Wind over Water forms the condition for Reuniting. It is a time to experience the collective flow. Reunite with family, including “work” families. If in business, help people to reunite with their reality by offering functional products and services that appeal to the widest possible audience. There is an advantage to correct persistence.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hexagram 17:Adapting changes to Hexagram 53: Developing.

Changing lines: 1, 3, 4 and 6.

Hexagram 17Hexagram 17: Lake over Thunder forms the condition for Adapting. Be flexible in your relationships and situations with others at this time. Release prejudices and opinions that may be holding you back. Adapting to goals that are harmonious with the times brings peace of mind and success.

Changing line 1: A change is occurring. Communicate with a broad range of people. Gather opinions. Be discerning.

Changing line 3: You will part ways with former inferior elements of your life. Be firm as you follow a superior path.

Changing line 4: Others have ulterior motives. Look beyond the current situation. Be independent.

Changing line 6: You may be asked to lead another. Be unselfish. You will be rewarded.

Hexagram 53Hexagram 53: Wind over Mountain forms the condition for Developing. This is a  time natural unfolding of events. Allow the situation to develop gradually. Success comes as you maintain a clear vision of your plans while adapting to established traditions.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence.

No changing lines.

Hexagram 57Hexagram 57: Wind over Wind forms the condition for Penetrating Influence. Imagine a steady and gentle wind. The power of the mind through concentration is enhanced. A vision of what you want to accomplish, along with patience, and a long-term commitment brings success. Gradual, inconspicuous effort in a consistent direction brings progress. A gentle approach is key.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hexagram 46: Advancement.

No changing lines.

Hexagram 46Hexagram 46: Earth over Wind forms the condition for Advancement. Modest, steady actions towards a goal brings advancement. Continuous effort is required, so do not pause. This is an excellent time for breakthroughs in communication and relationships. Work on the self is focused on the will and meets success. Know what must be done and carry it out with unwavering effort.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hexagram 49: Changing.

No changing lines.

Hexagram 49: Lake over Fire forms the condition for Changing. A gradual transformation may be in order to avoid stagnation. Approach change with a correct attitude. Avoid haste and excessive behavior. Timing is very important. Allow time for the process to unfold as you gain the trust of others and regret disappears.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence.

No changing lines.

Hexagram 57Hexagram 57: Wind over Wind forms the condition for Penetrating Influence. Imagine a steady and gentle wind. The power of the mind through concentration is enhanced. A vision of what you want to accomplish, along with patience, and a long-term commitment brings success. Gradual, inconspicuous effort in a consistent direction brings progress. A gentle approach is key.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hexagram 20:Contemplating changes to Hexagram 48: The Source.

Changing lines: 2, 3, and 6.

Hexagram 20Hexagram 20: Wind over Earth forms the condition for Contemplating. Approach all situations with seasonality in mind: the Spring of new ideas, the summer of work and growth, the autumn of harvest and completion and the winter of rest. If you reflect on the season of situation you can approach it with a predictable plan. Honest contemplation will help you to explore new ideas, reflect, and modify any practices that need adjustment.

Changing line 2: Proceed with awareness and sensitivity to avoid repeating past mistakes.

Changing line 3: Avoid proceeding with haste at this time.

Changing line 6: Focus on universal goals as you further develop your personal and spiritual selves to move beyond the current situation.

Hexagram 48 The SourceHexagram 48: Water over Wind forms the condition for The Source. The Source is the inexhaustible pool of collective nourishment and  truth available to each of us. With a peaceful and reflective approach, go deep inside to gain clarity about the matter at hand. The deeper you go, the more meaningful your insight may be. Practice acceptance over judgment.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hexagram 18:Repair changes to Hexagram 4: Inexperience.

Changing line: 3.

Hexagram 18: Mountain over Wind forms the condition for Repair. The object of your inquiry is in a state of disrepair. The time is excellent for making amends or changes. You have the ability to change or repair your circumstances. Consider the path that led to this situation and do not be lulled into inertia by the magnitude of the task. The situation will develop new energy and inspiration once the problems are removed. Avoid slipping back into complacency.

Changing line 3: Avoid haste as you correct past mistakes and  move forward.

Hexagram 4

Hexagram 4: Mountain over Water forms the condition for Inexperience. Know that you do not know what to do. Examine blind spots, ask for help and discover what you must learn. Consider the advice of your Advisor.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hexagram 57:Penetrating Influence changes to Hexagram 6: Conflict.

Changing lines: 3 and 4.

Hexagram 57Hexagram 57: Wind over Wind forms the condition for Penetrating Influence. Imagine a steady and gentle wind. The power of the mind through concentration is enhanced. A vision of what you want to accomplish, along with patience, and a long-term commitment brings success. Gradual, inconspicuous effort in a consistent direction brings progress. A gentle approach is key.

Changing line 3: Refrain from too much deliberation about the issue at hand to maintain your initiative.

Changing line 4: Satisfy your needs by modestly confronting your adversaries.

Hexagram 6Hexagram 6: Heaven over Water forms the condition for Conflict. It is a time of spiritual maturing. The path you have chosen leads to a state of (inner or outer) conflict, obstacles, and opposition. Stop and reconsider your original premise. Consider all facets of the situation and weigh the merits of all options.  Look at the situation from another’s perspective. Stay away from open confrontation. Do not force the issue: misunderstandings cannot be overcome with force. Hold back on major changes until the time is right.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hexagram 18:Repair changes to Hexagram 30: Synergy.

Changing lines: 1, 2, and 4.

Hexagram 18: Mountain over Wind forms the condition for Repair. The object of your inquiry is in a state of disrepair. The time is excellent for making amends or changes. You have the ability to change or repair your circumstances. Consider the path that led to this situation and do not be lulled into inertia by the magnitude of the task. The situation will develop new energy and inspiration once the problems are removed. Avoid slipping back into complacency.

Changing line 1: It is time to change a rigid structure that is limiting your life. Cautious reform will meet with success.

Changing line 2: Proceed with awareness and sensitivity to avoid repeating past mistakes.

Changing line 4: It is time to change the discord that has been tolerated and return to a state of harmony.

Hexagram 27Hexagram 30: Fire over Fire forms the condition for Synergy. Qualities of Fire include illumination and intelligence. This hexagram of fire over fire (double fire) represents an opportunity for leaders to inspire and enlighten others. In personal relationships, aligning your desires can bring good fortune. Alleviate pressures quietly.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hexagram 28:Critical Mass changes to Hexagram 62: Conscientiousness.

Changing lines: 2 and 5.

Hexagram 28Hexagram 28: Lake over Wind forms the condition for Critical Mass. The time is right to act independently without fear. Important, serious and meaningful possibilities are coming to a head now. This could feel like a time of crisis. It is a good time to take a stand. Make decisions about your next move.

Changing line 2: Get help from people who understand you and share your vision and goals, to re-energize your situation.

Changing line 5: A solid foundation is most important for stable growth. Pay attention to the realities of your life.

Hexagram 62 ConscientiousnessHexagram 62: Thunder over Mountain forms the condition for Conscientiousness. This is a time for inner development and humility. Pay attention to detail and practice self control. Watch finances carefully and be conservative with expenditures. You will find good fortune by staying “below the radar” and quietly performing your life’s work with dignity and diligence. Winter is an excellent time for deep, inner development.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hexagram 5:Calculated Waiting changes to Hexagram 17: Adapting.

Changing lines: 2, 3,  and 4.

Hexagram 5Hexagram 5: Water over Heaven forms the condition for Calculated Waiting. This can be a challenging time since the elements involved are not under your control. The situation is out of any one person’s hands. Stay focused in the present and use this time to align internal and external energy. Keep thoughts and words positive. Wait until circumstances are in your favor to act. Ultimately you will meet success.

Changing line 2: Your actions may be inviting difficulties into your life. If gossip emerges, let it go. Do not defend yourself. Success will come.

Changing line 3: Premature action can leave you open to attack. Practice caution.

Changing line 4: You are in the center of chaos. Remove yourself from the situation.

Hexagram 17Hexagram 17: Lake over Thunder forms the condition for Adapting. Be flexible in your relationships and situations with others at this time. Release prejudices and opinions that may be holding you back. Adapting to goals that are harmonious with the times brings peace of mind and success.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hexagram 45:Assembling.

No changing lines.

Hexagram 45Hexagram 45: Lake over Earth forms the condition for Assembling. Will you be participating in a group assembly? Strong bonds will be developed through shared common goals, The time is right to drop defenses. Be sincere and have a goal in mind. Shared bonds and goals unite people and groups. Alignment with goals brings confidence and well-being. Good fortune.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hexagram 64: Before the End changes to Hexagram 44: Temptation.

Changing lines: 3 and 5.

I Ching Hexagram 64Hexagram 64: Fire over Water forms the condition for Before The End. This hexagram is a reminder that the outer world will come into order only after the inner world has done so. It is also a reminder that “thoughts create things.” This is a time to quiet your ego and focus on creating a solid inner foundation and inner balance for yourself. Allow good judgment and discernment to prevail as you proceed with with caution. A rebirth, of sorts, is in order. Before The End brings progress.

Changing line 3:  Your goal cannot be accomplished single-handedly. You may need to begin again with like-minded supporters.

Changing line 5: An honest assessment and correct principles will erode difficulties. A superior person can lead others to a new era of success.

I Ching Hexagam 44Hexagram 44: Heaven over Wind forms the condition for Temptation. If a temptation with the power to throw you off-course  presents itself to you, withdraw your attention. Avoid wasting your time. Stay focused on your interests, convictions, and goals.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hexagram 8: Unity changes to Hexagram 20: Contemplating.

Changing line: 6.

Hexagram 8Hexagram 8: Water over Earth forms the condition for Unity.  Unity brings good fortune. Take advantage of the opportunities that arise. If you are uncertain, return to your plan. Procrastination brings misfortune. The time is right to lead, be heard and influence others.

Changing line 6:  The moment for Unity has passed. Review and reconsider your actions. Set a good example for others through love, patience, and tolerance.

Hexagram 20Hexagram 20: Wind over Earth forms the condition for Contemplating. Approach all situations with seasonality in mind: the Spring of new ideas, the summer of work and growth, the autumn of harvest and completion and the winter of rest. If you reflect on the season of situation you can approach it with a predictable plan. Honest contemplation will help you to explore new ideas, reflect, and modify any practices that need adjustment.

Note: This is the same combination as March 2, 2014.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Travel week: no reading.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hexagram 64: Before the End changes to Hexagram 18: Repair.

Changing lines: 3 and 4.

I Ching Hexagram 64Hexagram 64: Fire over Water forms the condition for Before The End. This hexagram is a reminder that the outer world will come into order only after the inner world has done so. It is also a reminder that “thoughts create things.” This is a time to quiet your ego and focus on creating a solid inner foundation and inner balance for yourself. Allow good judgment and discernment to prevail as you proceed with with caution. A rebirth, of sorts, is in order. Before The End brings progress.

Changing line 3:  Your goal cannot be accomplished single-handedly. You may need to begin again with like-minded supporters.

Changing line 4: You can achieve your goal by overcoming difficulties with determination and discipline. Good fortune will result, although it may take a while.

Hexagram 18: Mountain over Wind forms the condition for Repair. The object of your inquiry is in a state of disrepair. The time is excellent for making amends or changes. You have the ability to change or repair your circumstances. Consider the path that led to this situation and do not be lulled into inertia by the magnitude of the task. The situation will develop new energy and inspiration once the problems are removed. Avoid slipping back into complacency.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hexagram 8: Unity changes to Hexagram 20: Contemplating.

Changing line: 6.

Hexagram 8Hexagram 8: Water over Earth forms the condition for Unity.  Unity brings good fortune. Take advantage of the opportunities that arise. If you are uncertain, return to your plan. Procrastination brings misfortune. The time is right to lead, be heard and influence others.

Changing line 6:  The moment for Unity has passed. Review and reconsider your actions. Set a good example for others through love, patience, and tolerance.

Hexagram 20Hexagram 20: Wind over Earth forms the condition for Contemplating. Approach all situations with seasonality in mind: the Spring of new ideas, the summer of work and growth, the autumn of harvest and completion and the winter of rest. If you reflect on the season of situation you can approach it with a predictable plan. Honest contemplation will help you to explore new ideas, reflect, and modify any practices that need adjustment.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hexagram 60: Limitations changes to Hexagram 8: Unity.

Changing lines: 1 and 2.

Hexagram 60Hexagram 60: Water over Lake forms the condition for Limitations. This is a time to set practical limits related to money, time, energy, emotions, and behavior, to bring future opportunity. Life without guidelines can be confusing and unsettling. Practical rules and regulations limit extravagant practices, help conserve resources, and bring balance. For steady progress and true meaning, define and observe reasonable limits in all you do.

Changing line 1:  Although you may like to take certain action now, stay within practical limits of your time, energy, and budget. If you obstacles, stop.

Changing line 2:  Lift any excessive limitations you my have placed on yourself or the situation and take action when you see opportunity and potential.

Hexagram 8Hexagram 8: Water over Earth forms the condition for Unity.  Unity brings good fortune. Take advantage of the opportunities that arise. If you are uncertain, return to your plan. Procrastination brings misfortune. The time is right to lead, be heard and influence others.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hexagram 36: Censorship. No changing lines.

Hexagram 36 CensorshipHexagram 36: Earth over Fire forms the condition for Censorship. You are confronted by forces that challenge your convictions and goals. This is an ideal time to step into the background, listen, observe, and conceal your feelings, while maintaining your principles. You can transcend this challenging time. Avoid challenging the opinion of others. Letting things pass, even if you do not agree, is a good way to stay clear of trouble.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hexagram 33: Retreat changes to Hexagram 49: Changing.

Changing lines: 1 and 6.

Hexagram 33Hexagram 33: Heaven over Mountain forms the condition for Retreat. Withdraw from struggle and opposing forces at this time. This is a time to go within, reflect, and develop inner wisdom, strength, and reserve. When the proper time to advance comes, you will be ready.

Changing line 1:  Taking action now will only invite danger. Pull inward.

Changing line 6: Good fortune awaits.

Hexagram 49: Lake over Fire forms the condition for Changing. A gradual transformation may be in order to avoid stagnation. Approach change with a correct attitude. Avoid haste and excessive behavior. Timing is very important. Allow time for the process to unfold as you gain the trust of others and regret disappears.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hexagram 51: Shocking changes to Hexagram 35: Progress.

Changing lines: 1 and 6.

Hexagram 51Hexagram 51: Thunder over Thunder forms the condition for Shocking. The sudden force of double thunder represents very powerful and intense energy.  Similar to spring, the time is right for new growth to burst forth. This energy can be unpredictable, bringing you close to the inner workings of your nature. Although fear may inspire you to make initial changes, the sudden force of stored energy ultimately yields progress. Use this time to inspire yourself to make personal changes that will increase your vitality and success.

Changing line 1:  Shock can end up teaching a lesson for which you are grateful.

Changing line 6: Retreat is the best course at this time, although others may criticize you for doing so.

Hexagram 35 Progress

Hexagram 35: Fire over Earth forms the condition for Progress. Fire is radiant energy. The sun rising above the earth is a time of rapid progress. This is a favorable time to make personal and professional progress, as long as your aims are sincere and benefit the greater good. Good ideas are best put to use serving others. Progressive action meets great success.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hexagram 5: Calculated Waiting changes to Hexagram 60: Limitations.

Changing line: 3.

Hexagram 5Hexagram 5: Water over Heaven forms the condition for Calculated Waiting. This can be a challenging time since the elements involved are not under your control. The situation is out of any one person’s hands. Stay focused in the present and use this time to align internal and external energy. Keep thoughts and words positive. Wait until circumstances are in your favor to act. Ultimately you will meet success.

Changing line 3: Premature action can leave you open to attack. Practice caution.

Hexagram 60Hexagram 60: Water over Lake forms the condition for Limitations. This is a time to set practical limits related to money, time, energy, emotions, and behavior, to bring future opportunity. Life without guidelines can be confusing and unsettling. Practical rules and regulations limit extravagant practices, help conserve resources, and bring balance. For steady progress and true meaning, define and observe reasonable limits in all you do.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hexagram 62: Conscientiousness changes to Hexagram 5: Calculated Waiting.

Changing lines: 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Hexagram 62 ConscientiousnessHexagram 62: Thunder over Mountain forms the condition for Conscientiousness. This is a time for inner development and humility. Pay attention to detail and practice self control. Watch finances carefully and be conservative with expenditures. You will find good fortune by staying “below the radar” and quietly performing your life’s work with dignity and diligence. Winter is an excellent time for deep, inner development.

Changing line 1: Set aside any extraordinary plans in favor of something ordinary or traditional to stay away from danger at the time.

Changing line 2: Your connections and affiliations with others are important at this time to help you become more secure relative to the issue of inquiry.

Changing line 4: Stay low right now. Do not forge ahead or force issues.

Changing line 5: Seek help from others to accomplish your aims.

Hexagram 5Hexagram 5: Water over Heaven forms the condition for Calculated Waiting. This can be a challenging time since the elements involved are not under your control. The situation is out of any one person’s hands. Stay focused in the present and use this time to align internal and external energy. Keep thoughts and words positive. Wait until circumstances are in your favor to act. Ultimately you will meet success.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hexagram 63: After The End changes to Hexagram 49: Changing.

Changing line: 4.

I Ching Hexagram 63Hexagram 63: Water over Fire forms the condition for After The End. You have reached equilibrium and the end of a phase. Rather than relax, this is the time to contemplate and prepare for what is next. Changing circumstances and relationships provide the opportunity to strengthen your position and character. Take care of details along the way to help you successfully move toward what is next. Misfortune can be avoided through proper planning and foresight.

Changing line 4: Be aware of the steps you take to enable you to move forward successfully.

Hexagram 49 ChangingHexagram 49: Lake over Fire forms the condition for Changing. A gradual transformation may be in order to avoid stagnation. Approach change with a correct attitude. Avoid haste and excessive behavior. Timing is very important. Allow time for the process to unfold as you gain the trust of others and regret disappears.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hexagram 13: Community changes to Hexagram 25: Innocence.

Changing line: 3.

Hexagram 13Hexagram 13: Heaven over Fire forms the condition for Community. This is a favorable time for new endeavors. Society functions best when each member is gainfully employed, excelling doing something they love, and contributing to society’s overall goals. Focus on the creation of structure, processes, and healthy disciplines to help everyone align with the greater good. Be kind, humble, calm, and open, using proper behavior, when relating to others.

Changing line 3: Be aware that some of those involved in the situation may have selfish interests and different goals. Goals may need to be realigned in order to make progress.

Hexagram 25Hexagram 25: Heaven over Thunder forms the condition for Innocence. Be prepared for a surprising, refreshing, turn of events. Align with the flow of the cosmos before taking action. The path to your goal is indirect. Rely on principles and virtues, not clever strategies. For optimal results, act innocently without conscious purpose and without ulterior motive. The unexpected helps stimulate new solutions. Act without thought of compensation or gain in stature.

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