Today: Realize that you cannot escape the darkness that surrounds you. Nothing in your bag of tricks will help. The solution is to engage in transformative practice that will adjust how you relate with the situation.” – from the I Ching
Realize that you cannot escape the darkness that surrounds you. Nothing in your bag of tricks will help. The solution is to engage in transformative practice that will adjust how you relate with the situation.
Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
47 – Forty-Seven K’un / Exhaustion
A Dead Sea, its Waters spent eons ago, more deadly than the desert surrounding it: The Superior Person will stake his life and fortune on what he deeply believes.
Triumph belongs to those who endure. Trial and tribulation can hone exceptional character to a razor edge that slices deftly through every challenge. Action prevails where words will fail.
This is the realm of the Shaman. You have exhausted every alternative, spent yourself completely, taxed body and mind beyond your former limits. Survival and salvation lie beyond your reach now. Only transcendence to a new existence — a higher plane of being — will see you through. The Old You is just a dry husk. You can’t return to it. Metamorphosis is the only grace offered. You can only return to your homeland as a New You.
Hexagram Forty-Seven/Line Five
Nine in the fifth place means:
His nose and feet are cut off. Oppression at the hands of the man with the purple knee bands. Joy comes softly. It furthers one to make offerings and libations.
Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736 – 1795)
An individual who has the good of mankind at heart is oppressed from above and below (this is the meaning of the cutting off of nose and feet). He finds no help among the people whose duty it would be to aid in the work of rescue (ministers wore purple knee bands). But little by little, things take a turn for the better. Until that time, he should turn to God, firm in his inner composure, and pray and offer sacrifice for the general well-being.
53 – Fifty-Three Chien / Gradual Progress
The gnarled Pine grows tenaciously off the Cliff face: The Superior Person clings faithfully to dignity and integrity, thus elevating the Collective Spirit of Man in his own small way. Development. The maiden is given in marriage. Good fortune if you stay on course.
Adaptability mixed with integrity will bring a calm, steady progress. Move from your center, always faithful to your principles, yet with the flexibility to weather any tempest. Yours is not a meteoric rise to the top, but the solid, confident footing of one who has a clear vision of what can be, and who is willing to climb the distance to reach it. The oracle foresees companionship along the way — a Divine comfort on any journey.