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, 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 36Hexagram 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 49Hexagram 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 35Hexagram 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 62Hexagram 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 49Hexagram 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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