Today: “An era of bellicose relations and defensive posturing is giving way to a peaceful time” – From the I Ching

An era of bellicose relations and defensive posturing is giving way to a peaceful time.  Rather than pursuing the habitual expansion, fall back on your values and rely on your inner circle of friends.  Adopt simplicity.  Embrace spirit rather than external forms.  Embrace the Aquarian Age.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching

#11, line 6, #41

The Superior Person serves as midwife, presenting the newborn gift to the people.  The small depart; the great approach.  Success.  Good fortune.
This hexagram denotes a time in nature when heaven seems to be on earth. Heaven has placed itself beneath the earth, and so their powers unite in deep harmony. Then peace and blessing descend upon all living things.
In the world of man it is a time of social harmony; those in high places show favor to the lowly, and the lowly and inferior in their turn are well disposed toward the highly placed. There is an end to all feuds.
The wall of the town sinks back into the moat from which it was dug. The hour of doom is at hand. When matters have come to this pass, we should submit to fate and not try to stave it off by violent resistance. The one recourse left us is to hold our own within our intimate circle. Should we persevere in trying to resist the evil in the usual way, our collapse would only be more complete, and humiliation would be the result.
To be frugal and content is to possess immeasurable wealth within.
Nothing of value could be refused such a person.  
Decrease does not under all circumstances mean something bad. Increase and decrease come in their own time. What matters here is to understand the time and not to try to cover up poverty with empty pretence. If a time of scanty resources brings out an inner truth, one must not feel ashamed of simplicity. For simplicity is then the very thing needed to provide inner strength for further undertakings. Indeed, there need be no concern if the outward beauty of the civilisation, even the elaboration of religious forms, should have to suffer because of simplicity. One must draw on the strength of the inner attitude to compensate for what is lacking in externals; then the power of the content makes up for the simplicity of form. There is no need of presenting false appearances to God. Even with slender means, the sentiment of the heart can be expressed.

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