I Ching Reflections 2016 2017-02-14T02:07:47+00:00

I Ching Reflections 2016

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.”

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What do I need to know this week for my highest good?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hexagram 23: Deterioration changes to Hexagram 59 Reuniting.

Changing lines: 2 and 5.

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.


Changing line 2: 
Be cautious as you adapt to present circumstances. You may be without allies at the present time.

Changing line 5: A change for the better is taking shape and opposing forces may come together through mutual cooperation.

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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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hexagram 27: Nourishing.

There are no changing lines.

Hexagram 27Hexagram 27: Mountain over Thunder forms the condition for Nourishing. The correct nourishment of yourself and others is the current focus. Pay attention to what is being nourished and make certain it is above reproach. An enlightened person cautiously expresses herself and carefully regulates what she absorbs. Note the quality of what you give to others; support and nourishment will return to you in kind. Cultivate constructive opinions and attitudes to properly nourish your character. Express moderation. Meditation is the key to nourishing your deep inner self. It provides a means of clarity and creativity. Taking time to meditate, particularly when you are feeling overwhelmed, brings peace and calm. When you still your thoughts and activity, your crate space for solutions to come to you.

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 Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hexagram 27: Nourishing changes to Hexagram 23: Deterioration

Changing line: 1.

Hexagram 27Hexagram 27: Mountain over Thunder forms the condition for Nourishing. The correct nourishment of yourself and others is the current focus. Pay attention to what is being nourished and make certain it is above reproach. An enlightened person cautiously expresses herself and carefully regulates what she absorbs. Note the quality of what you give to others; support and nourishment will return to you in kind. Cultivate constructive opinions and attitudes to properly nourish your character. Express moderation.

 Changing line 1:  Refrain from admiring or envying what others have at the expense of looking within and nourishing yourself.

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, December 4, 2016

Hexagram 21: Reform changes to Hexagram 30: Synergy.

Changing line: 3.

Iching-hexagram-21.svgHexagram 21: Fire over Thunder forms the condition for Reform. An obstacle needs to be eliminated in order to achieve your aims. This block could be self-generated. Look to the truth within to resolve it. Examine your character and follow your principles, values, and truth.

Changing line 3:  Take right action and follow a steady course of progression.

Hexagram 30Hexagram 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. Create synergy within yourself.In personal relationships, aligning your desires can bring good fortune. Alleviate pressures quietly.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hexagram 50: Cosmic Order. There are no changing lines.

Hexagram 50Hexagram 50: Fire over Wind forms the condition for Cosmic Order. When the development of the individual and the needs of the cosmos are in harmony, Cosmic Order exists. To flourish, align your aims and desires with the needs of the flow of the cosmos. Great deeds are possible when you act in harmony with the Cosmos.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hexagram 25: Innocence changes to Hexagram 39: Obstacles

Changing lines: 1, 3, 4, and 6.

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.

Changing line 1: Spontaneity brings good fortune. Trust your instincts.

Changing line 3: Unavoidable misfortune may come, along with new solutions. Remain open to learning.

Changing line 4: Trust your inner guidance and all will be well.

Changing line 6: Take no action towards something new. Even innocent actions can create chaos.

I Ching Hexagram 39Hexagram 39: Water over Mountain forms the condition for Obstacles. When water meets an obstacle, it stops flowing. A pause in motion allows the water a chance to gather strength, build up, and eventually flow over the obstacle. This hexagram is about obstructions that are most likely in your own thinking or of your own doing. A saying that best fits this hexagram is  “You are caught between a rock and a hard place.” Retreat, reflect, and self-correct to remove the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual obstacles in your path. Any strong negative emotions (such as fear, frustration, anger, blame, shame) are an indication that your energy is out of balance. A trusted friend or counselor may help you to identify the best way forward.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hexagram 37: Family. There are 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, November 6, 2016

Hexagram 47: Adversity changes to Hexagram 6 Conflict. Changing line 6.

Changing Line: 6.

I Ching Hexagram 47Hexagram 47: Lake over Water forms the condition for Adversity. This is a time to make progress through action and not words. When faced with adversity, remain emotionally stable and optimistic. Hold your fears in check. Adversity can be transcended through proper conduct, will, and determination. Hold onto your vision.

Changing line 6: Improving your attitude creates an opening for positive change. As you do so, the difficulty comes to a close.

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, October 30, 2016

Hexagram 62 Conscientiousness changes to Hexagram 40: Liberation.

Changing lines: 2 and 3.

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 2: Your connections and affiliations with others are important at this time to help you become more secure.

Changing line 3: Take conscientious precaution to avoid lurking danger.

Hexagram 40Hexagram 40: Thunder over Water forms the condition for Liberation. It is within your power to resolve issues, release stuck emotions, and stalled patterns which have blocked your progress. Forgive past mistakes and transgressions. Clear the ground for new growth, taking firm action now. The future is promising.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hexagram 60: Limitations changes to Hexagram 10: Conduct.

Changing line: 6.

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 6: Restrict yourself at this time as you allow others to choose for themselves. Limiting others may bring resentment.

I Ching Hexagram 10Hexagram 10: Heaven over Lake forms the condition for Conduct. Everything depends on how you conduct yourself now. This can be a very positive time and it can also be one filled with challenges. Success will come through dignity, composure, courtesy, and thoughtfulness. It may be necessary to be discriminating with your choice of acquaintances. It can also be a time to cultivate your inner growth and further develop your self worth.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hexagram 1: Creative Power. There are no changing lines.

Hexagram 1Hexagram 1: Heaven over Heaven forms the condition for Creative Power. This is a time of accelerated growth. Take the initiative and direct your energy wisely. You have the opportunity to manifest personal desires and achieve happiness.

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, October 9, 2016

Hexagram 60: Limitations changes to Hexagram 61: Insight.

Changing line: 6.

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 6: Restrict yourself at this time as you allow others to choose for themselves. Limiting others may bring resentment.

Hexagram 61Hexagram 61: Wind over Lake forms the condition for Insight. This is a time for achievement through the power of insight. Be open and free of prejudice. Move beyond mind into pure observation and acceptance. Negotiate in disputes and moderates rigid ideas. Rely upon your inner strength and character.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hexagram 2: Natural Response changes to Hexagram 7: Collective Force.

Changing line: 2.

Hexagram 2Hexagram 2: Earth over Earth forms the condition for Natural Response. You are dealing with realities vs. potentials. Accept help from friends and associates and allow yourself to be led to the best possible position. Broaden your attitudes and opinions and view the world with an open mind. Others help you accomplish aims, it is not the time to act independently. Natural Response brings exceptional progress.

Changing line 2: Success will come easily when you embrace the truth.

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.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hexagram 55: Zenith changes to Hexagram 13: Community.

Changing line: 6.

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 6: Be in harmony with the times. Maintain strong ties to those close to you as you pursue abundance for all.

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.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hexagram 20: Contemplating. There are no changing lines.

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.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Hexagram 54: Subordinate changes to Hexagram 58: Encouraging.

Changing line: 5.

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 5:  Develop proper virtue within yourself. Using it to be of service to others, without regard to social stature, assures success.

Hexagram 58Hexagram 58: Lake over Lake forms the condition for Encouraging. The “Lake” trigram is called  “Joy.” True joy is achieved gradually and steadily. Stand firm in truth while being kind, generous, gentle and accepting. Spend time with like-minded friends. Encourage and be encouraged by others. Communication is enhanced and cooperation leads to success. Encouragement from others will help you to be successful, just as you do the same for them.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hexagram 21: Reform changes to Hexagram 38: Contradiction.

Changing line: 2.

Iching-hexagram-21.svgHexagram 21: Fire over Thunder forms the condition for Reform. An obstacle needs to be eliminated in order to achieve your aims. This block could be self-generated. Look to the truth within to resolve it. Examine your character and follow your principles, values, and truth.

Changing line 2:  Take right action and follow a steady course of progression.

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.

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Sunday, August 20, 2016

Hexagram 26: Potential Energy changes to Hexagram 14: Sovereignty

Changing line: 4.

Hexagram 26Hexagram 26: Mountain over Heaven forms the condition for Potential Energy. Knowledge is accumulating. Keep still and hold onto what is correct in the face of pressure. Continue to develop your character and cultivate beneficial relationships. Keep still under pressure. Treat others with gentleness, patience and forgiveness.

Changing line 4: Prior setbacks have aided your growth, creating a strong reserve of potential energy. Use it well.

Hexagram 14Hexagram 14: Fire over Heaven forms the condition for Sovereignty. This is a time of increased personal power and clarity for you. Proper behavior will bring you success. Keep your ego in check and express compassion towards others in your relationships. You are in the spotlight. Focus on qualities in yourself that enhance goodness and well-being.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hexagram 59: ReunitingThere are no changing lines.

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, August 7, 2016

Hexagram 29: Danger changes to Hexagram 8: Unity.

Changing line: 2.

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

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, July 31, 2016

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

Changing lines: 3 and 5.

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 3: If you wish to join a group and it is closed, align yourself with an influential member to make progress.
Changing line 5: If you wish others to change, take a gentle approach. Set an intention for the desired end result while allowing them to be as they are.
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 caution. A rebirth, of sorts, is in order. Before The End brings progress.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hexagram 25: Innocence changes to Hexagram 26: Potential Energy

Changing lines: 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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.

Changing line 2: Devote your full attention to what you are now doing. This will help you achieve your aim.

Changing line 3: Unavoidable misfortune may come, along with new solutions. Remain open to learning.

Changing line 4: Trust your inner guidance and all will be well.

Changing line 5: A turn of events may be distressing. Allow the situation to work itself out. The solution will come of itself.

Hexagram 26Hexagram 26: Mountain over Heaven forms the condition for Potential Energy. Knowledge is accumulating. Keep still and hold onto what is correct in the face of pressure. Continue to develop your character and cultivate beneficial relationships. Treat others with gentleness, patience and forgiveness.

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Sunday, July 18, 2016

Hexagram 53: Developing changes to Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence

Changing line: 3.

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.

Changing line 3: Allow things to develop naturally rather than take a forceful stance or provoke conflict.

 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, July 10, 2016

Hexagram 56: Traveling. There are no changing lines.

Hexagram 56

Hexagram 56: Fire over Mountain forms the condition for Traveling. You are moving through the situation at hand. You will move on. Clearly define your goals. Be honest and obliging. Avoid long term commitments in personal and social relationships. Maintain your integrity.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hexagram 50: Cosmic Order changes to Hexagram 52: Meditation.

Changing lines: 2 and 4.

Hexagram 50Hexagram 50: Fire over Wind forms the condition for Cosmic Order. When the development of the individual and the needs of the cosmos are in harmony, Cosmic Order exists. To flourish, align your aims and desires with the needs of the flow of the cosmos. Great deeds are possible when you act in harmony with the Cosmos.

Changing line 2: Standing apart from others will help you to achieve your goal. Good fortune.

Changing line 4: Influence comes with responsibility. Be true to yourself and your character for good fortune.

Hexagram 52

Hexagram 52: Mountain over Mountain forms the condition for Meditation. The Mountain is about stillness. As you calm your mind and quiet your ego, you transcend inner turmoil. It is a wonderful way to ground and center your energy, renewing body, mind and spirit.  True objectivity will help you to know when and when not to act. Cultivating inner peace will help you to act in harmony with the times, avoiding impulsiveness. Stop your thoughts and experience being fully present.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hexagram 51: Shocking changes to Hexagram 55: Zenith.

Changing line: 3.

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 3: Choose a positive way or path to move through shock, particularly that resulting from fate.

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.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Hexagram 55: Zenith changes to Hexagram 54: Subordinate.

Changing lines: 2 and 3.

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 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.

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.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Hexagram 59: Reuniting changes to Hexagram 40: Liberation.

Changing lines: 4, 5, and 6.

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.

Changing line 4: You will find extraordinary success by transcending partisan interests and embracing far-reaching ideals that improve the welfare of the general population.

Changing line 5: An inspiring idea or a positive directive will help others to put aside differences, find common ground, and work together.

Changing line 6: Avoid danger by departing certain situations when necessary.

Hexagram 40Hexagram 40: Thunder over Water forms the condition for Liberation. It is within your power to resolve issues, release stuck emotions, and stalled patterns which have blocked your progress. Forgive past mistakes and transgressions. Clear the ground for new growth, taking firm action now. The future is promising.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hexagram 50: Cosmic Order changes to Hexagram 13: Community.

Changing lines: 1, 2 and 5.

Hexagram 50Hexagram 50: Fire over Wind forms the condition for Cosmic Order. When the development of the individual and the needs of the cosmos are in harmony, Cosmic Order exists. To flourish, align your aims and desires with the needs of the flow of the cosmos. Great deeds are possible when you act in harmony with the Cosmos.

Changing line 1: Attaining a worthy goal may require an unorthodox approach. You can succeed with limited experience.

Changing line 2: Standing apart from others will help you to achieve your goal. Good fortune.

Changing line 5: Continue to develop your character, insight, and wisdom as you achieve your goal. Be modest and receptive.

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.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hexagram 39: Obstacles changes to Hexagram 3: Difficult Beginnings.

Changing lines: 1 and 3.

I Ching Hexagram 39Hexagram 39: Water over Mountain forms the condition for Obstacles. When water meets an obstacle, it stops flowing. A pause in motion allows the water a chance to gather strength, build up, and eventually flow over the obstacle. This hexagram is about obstructions that are most likely in your own thinking or of your own doing. A saying that best fits this hexagram is  “You are caught between a rock and a hard place.” Retreat, reflect, and self-correct to remove the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual obstacles in your path. Any strong negative emotions (such as fear, frustration, anger, blame, shame) are an indication that your energy is out of balance. A trusted friend or counselor may help you to identify the best way forward.

Changing line 1: If you have met an obstacle, wait it out. You will know the right time to move forward again.

Changing line 3: If you find yourself struggling with an outside obstacle, return to your center and refocus your plan.

Hexagram 3Hexagram 3: Water over Thunder forms the condition for Difficult Beginnings. A realm of the unknown. Every new venture begins with some chaos. Concentrate on the current situation and build a foundation. Exceptional progress is in store for you if you do.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hexagram 46: Advancement changes to Hexagram 31: Attraction.

Changing lines: 2, 4, and 5.

Hexagram 46Hexagram 46: Earth over Wind forms the condition for Advancement. Modest, steady actions toward 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.

Changing line 2: Your sincerity will help you to achieve your goals, even with modest means.

Changing line 4: Good fortune for your continual progress. Hold to your principles and sound practices.

Changing line 5: A steady and thorough step by step approach will help you to successfully reach your goals.

Hexagram 31Hexagram 31: Lake over Mountain forms the condition for Attraction. The Universe is held together by a complex network of various forms of attraction, which create all things. Your position of power influences the current circumstances. Allow your goal to influence and change you. The attraction is reciprocal.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hexagram 40: Liberation.

No changing lines.

Hexagram 40Hexagram 40: Thunder over Water forms the condition for Liberation. It is within your power to resolve issues, release stuck emotions, and stalled patterns which have blocked your progress. Forgive past mistakes and transgressions. Clear the ground for new growth, taking firm action now. The future is promising.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Hexagram 53: Developing changes to Hexagram 8: Unity

Changing lines: 3 and 5.

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.

Changing line 3: Allow things to develop naturally rather than take a forceful stance or provoke conflict.

Changing line 5: If you are misjudged as you gain more influence, communications will clear up and good fortune will follow.

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, May 1, 2016

Hexagram 44: Temptation changes to Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence.

Changing line: 4.

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 4: Continue to maintain contact with people who may be less important to you. The relationships may serve you better, later.
 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, April 24, 2016

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, April 17, 2016

Hexagram 56: Traveling changes to Hexagram 50: Cosmic Order.

Changing line: 2.

Hexagram 56

Hexagram 56: Fire over Mountain forms the condition for Traveling. You are moving through the situation at hand. You will move on. Clearly define your goals. Be honest and obliging. Avoid long term commitments in personal and social relationships. Maintain your integrity.

Changing line 2: Someone is ready to help you and to provide support in your new ventures or endeavors.

Hexagram 50Hexagram 50: Fire over Wind forms the condition for Cosmic Order. When the development of the individual and the needs of the cosmos are in harmony, Cosmic Order exists. To flourish, align your aims and desires with the needs of the flow of the cosmos. Great deeds are possible when you act in harmony with the Cosmos.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hexagram 18: Repair changes to Hexagram 20: Contemplating.

Changing lines: 2, 3, and 5.

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

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

Changing line 5: Assume the responsibility for a long needed reform. Those close to you will support your efforts.

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.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Hexagram 56: Traveling changes to Hexagram 30: Synergy.

Changing line: 1.

Hexagram 56

Hexagram 56: Fire over Mountain forms the condition for Traveling. You are moving through the situation at hand. You will move on. Clearly define your goals. Be honest and obliging. Avoid long term commitments in personal and social relationships. Maintain your integrity.

Changing line 1: Always take the high road. Maintain your integrity and dignity through time of change.

Hexagram 30Hexagram 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. Create synergy within yourself.In personal relationships, aligning your desires can bring good fortune. Alleviate pressures quietly.

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Sunday, March 26, 2016

Hexagram 44: Temptation changes to Hexagram 46: Advancement.

Changing lines: 4, 5, 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 4: Continue to maintain contact with people who may be less important to you. The relationships may serve you better, later.
Changing line 5: Rely upon your principles and character. They are in tune with the cosmos.
Changing line 6: Quietly retreat from inferior elements and people. Although they will still be there, placing your attention on your ultimate goals will better serve you. Avoid making a fuss.

Hexagram 46
Hexagram 46: Earth over Wind forms the condition for Advancement. Modest, steady actions toward 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, March 20, 2016

Hexagram 16: Harmonize.

No changing lines.

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.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hexagram 63: After the End changes to Hexagram 52: Meditation.

Changing lines: 1, 5, and 6.

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 1: You have set changes in motion and you may feel pressured to reconsider. Stay on course. You are correct.

Changing line 5: Be reserved and graceful in public displays of triumph. Express humility.

Changing line 6: Take inspired action to continue your shifts and to meet your commitments and responsibilities.

Hexagram 52

Hexagram 52: Mountain over Mountain forms the condition for Meditation. The Mountain is about stillness. As you calm your mind and quiet your ego, you transcend inner turmoil. It is a wonderful way to ground and center your energy, renewing body, mind and spirit.  True objectivity will help you to know when and when not to act. Cultivating inner peace will help you to act in harmony with the times, avoiding impulsiveness. Stop your thoughts and experience being fully present.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hexagram 20: Contemplating changes to Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence.

Changing lines: 2, 3, and 4.

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: Develop a broader viewpoint to expand your influence within the wider world.

Changing line 3: Gain objective self-knowledge to make the best decisions for yourself.

Changing line 4: Identify the best causes, people, or organizations to join to exert your influence.

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, February 28, 2016

Hexagram 52: Meditation changes to Hexagram 15: Moderation.

Changing line: 3.

Hexagram 52Hexagram 52: Mountain over Mountain forms the condition for Meditation. The Mountain is about stillness. As you calm your mind and quiet your ego, you transcend inner turmoil. It is a wonderful way to ground and center your energy, renewing body, mind and spirit.  True objectivity will help you to know when and when not to act. Cultivating inner peace will help you to act in harmony with the times, avoiding impulsiveness. Stop your thoughts and experience being fully present.

Changing line 3: Develop internal composure through meditation to avoid creating or to move beyond deep inner conflict and resentment.

Hexagram 15Hexagram 15: Earth over Mountain forms the condition for Moderation. This is a  time to balance extremes, moderate any unrealistic ideals, and harmonize interests. Concentrate on bringing equilibrium to your situations and relationships.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hexagram 45: Assembling changes to Hexagram 47: Adversity.

Changing line: 1.

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.

Changing line 1: Indecision persists when you hesitate to fully unite with others and commit to shared goals. Go deep inside and reflect on what you truly want. Ask and you shall receive.

I Ching Hexagram 47Hexagram 47: Lake over Water forms the condition for Adversity. This is a time to make progress through action and not words. When faced with adversity, remain emotionally stable and optimistic. Hold your fears in check. Adversity can be transcended through proper conduct, will, and determination. Hold onto your vision.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hexagram 17: Adapting changes to Hexagram 47: Adversity.

Changing lines: 1 and 2.

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 those close to you while holding onto your principles. Be discerning.

Changing line 2: Reexamine your standards and goals. Adjust to the times as it makes sense.

I Ching Hexagram 47Hexagram 47: Lake over Water forms the condition for Adversity. This is a time to make progress through action and not words. When faced with adversity, remain emotionally stable and optimistic. Hold your fears in check. Adversity can be transcended through proper conduct, will, and determination. Hold onto your vision.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hexagram 38: Contradiction. No changing lines.

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.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hexagram 10: Conduct changes to Hexagram 6 Conflict. Changing line 1.

Changing Line: 1.

I Ching Hexagram 10Hexagram 10: Heaven over Lake forms the condition for Conduct. Everything depends on how you conduct yourself now. This can be a very positive time and it can also be one filled with challenges. Success will come through dignity, composure, courtesy, and thoughtfulness. It may be necessary to be discriminating with your choice of acquaintances. It can also be a time to cultivate your inner growth and further develop your self worth.

Changing line 1: Maintain simplicity as you move progress toward your goals. Avoid being obligated to others.

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, January 24, 2016

Hexagram 13: Community changes to Hexagram 21: Reform.

Changing lines: 3 and 5.

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.

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.

Changing line 5: Expressing your distress about difficulties and obstacles with the current situation will evoke similar feelings from others. Together you can make progress and discover joy in unity.

I Ching Hexagram 21Hexagram 21: Fire over Thunder forms the condition for Reform. A person or situation may be at cross-purposes to your life or attainment of your goals. If so, pay attention. Take clear and tangible action to overcome obstacles to your behavior, health, or well-being. For social affairs, support a leader who can bring about reasonable social reform and restore harmony. Reform brings progress.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hexagram 37: Family changes to Hexagram 53: Developing.

Changing line: 1.

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.

Changing line 1 : Define roles and responsibilities at the beginning of relationships and activities to support good fortune.

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, January 10, 2016

Hexagram 14: Sovereignty changes to Hexagram 1: Creative Power.

Changing line: 5.

Hexagram 14Hexagram 14: Fire over Heaven forms the condition for Sovereignty. This is a time of increased personal power and clarity for you. Proper behavior will bring you success. Keep your ego in check and express compassion towards others in your relationships. You are in the spotlight. Focus on qualities in yourself that enhance goodness and well-being.

Changing line 5: Your sincerity influences those whom you attract. Truthful relationships develop as a result. Dignity brings good fortune.

Hexagram 1Hexagram 1: Heaven over Heaven forms the condition for Creative Power. This is a time of accelerated growth. Take the initiative and direct your energy wisely. You have the opportunity to manifest personal desires and achieve happiness.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hexagram 12: Stagnation changes to Hexagram 6: Conflict.

Changing line: 2.

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 2: Quietly stick to your principles. Accepting stagnation and remaining temporarily apart can lead to ultimate success.

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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