THE MODERN POET'S I CHING

by Thom Williams

Quick Reading: Toss the coins above.
Toss the coins again.
Go to the hexagram table.

Drawing by Thom Williams

AUTHOR'S NOTE

Confucious asked, "Is not the I Ching the perfect book?" This is not merely a clever, rhetorical question. Confucious was moved by the relevancy of The Book of Changes-The I Ching. Other books may have temporarily fascinating, mysterious, or sensational appeal, but the I Ching is about your life and its changes. Read and study your own life story as it happens before your eyes. You won't get tired of the plot. More than once the I Ching has given me timely advice and a life-changing quantity of food for thought.

The poems I have added to my HEXAGRAM interpretations are meant to capture a kind of modern TAOist feeling--quiet, thoughtful observations on the flow of bittersweet feelings life shows to me. My dream would be for the reader to appreciate it as art, and that the reader might find some ideas to enrich the texture of life. I dedicate "The Modern Poet's I Ching" to time.

USING THE MODERN POET'S I CHING

The I Ching will show you the prevailing material, emotional, and spiritual atmosphere surrounding a specific time and event in your life. In this respect if is like a weather forecast which tells you the probability of certain conditions and leaves the adjustments (changes) and preparations to your own discretion. Think of a question (the less frivolous the better) and a finite time frame. For example, 'Am I likely to make progress in my love relationship during the next month?' After framing the question, you must cast the coins (three like coins are appropriate) to find which HEXAGRAM you should read. The HEXAGRAMS are 64 in number and are composed of six lines. Use this system when throwing the three coins.

  1. Frame the question in your mind.
  2. SHAKE the three coins in your hand or shaker.
  3. Drop them in front of you and record the number of heads and tails.
  4. Repeat until you have thrown the three coins six times.
  5. Construct your HEXAGRAM from the bottom up. That is, the first time you cast the three coins together, you will receive line #1 of your HEXAGRAM. The second time will be #2, etc.
  6. There are only four types of lines possible:
    moving lines example
  7. This is what your sample HEXAGRAM might look like.
    moving lines example

Notice lines #4 and #5 are moving. Moving lines mean you must construct a new HEXAGRAM next to your first HEXAGRAM. In the second HEXAGRAM change the moving lines to their opposite (e.g., broken to unbroken) nonmoving lines the same; you will then have the complete picture of the advice for your situation/question. For example,
moving lines example

Original HEXAGRAM --- New HEXAGRAM

Notice all lines stay the same in the new HEXAGRAM except for #4 and #5 which change to their opposites.

When you have your completed HEXAGRAM (S) you must find the HEXAGRAM number (s) in the chart. Keep in mind you will not necessarily get moving lines. If you don't, you will only have one HEXAGRAM to read. Upon finding the number (s) of your HEXAGRAM (S), look it up on the Modern Poet's I Ching. For each HEXAGRAM there is a modern poem which has some of the flavor of the HEXAGRAM.

Read the poem and then the HEXAGRAM itself. If you got any moving lines, read the general description (overview) of the original HEXAGRAM and the specific moving numbered line. Next you must read the New HEXAGRAM's general description. There will be a progression whereby the Original HEXAGRAM changes to the New HEXAGRAM and this will qualify the advice received. If you receive no moving lines, look up the HEXAGRAM, read the poem and the general description for advice.

HEXAGRAM REFERENCE TABLE
Upper Trigrams
(Across)
Lower Trigrams
(Down)
The Ch'ien Trigram
Ch'ien
Heaven
The Kun Trigram
K'un
Earth
The Chen Trigram
Chên
Thunder
The Kan Trigram
K'an
Water
The Ken Trigram
Kên
Mountain
The Sun Trigram
Sun
Wind/Wood
The Li Trigram
Li
Flame
The  Tui Trigram
Tui
Lake
The  ChienTrigram
Ch'ien
Heaven
1 11 34 5 26 9 14 43
The  Kun Trigram
K'un
Earth
12 2 16 8 23 20 35 45
The  Chen Trigram
Chên
Thunder
25 24 51 3 27 42 21 17
The  Kan Trigram
K'an
Water
6 7 40 29 4 59 64 47
The  Ken Trigram
Kên
Mountain
33 62 39 52 15 53 56 31
The  Sun Trigram
Sun
Wind/Wood
44 46 32 48 18 57 50 28
The  Li Trigram
Li
Flame
13 36 55 63 22 37 30 49
The  Tui Trigram
Tui
Lake
10 19 54 60 41 61 38 58

Hexagram Table (Choose a number.)

1 - Yang
2 - Yin
3 - Growing Pains
4 - Youthful Ignorance
5 - Waiting
6 - Conflict
7 - Soldiers
8 - Seeking Union
9 - Minor Restraint
10 - Treading
11 - Peace
12 - Disjunction
13 - Society
14 - Wealth
15 - Modesty
16 - Enthusiasm
17 - Following
18 - Fixing
19 - Conduct
20 - Contemplation
21 - Biting Through
22 - Beauty
23 - Collapse
24 - Returning
25 - The Simple
26 - The Taming Power
27 - Nourishment
28 - True Freedom
29 - The Deep
30 - Flaming Beauty
31 - Attraction
32 - The Long Enduring
33 - Master of Retreat
34 - The Month of March
35 - Advance
36 - Darkness
37 - The Foundation
38 - Opposites
39 - Seeing Trouble
40 - Release
41 - Decrease
42 - Increase
43 - The Rapids
44 - Propositions
45 - Gathering
46 - Pushing Upward
47 - The Chariot
48 - The Well
49 - Seasons
50 - The Cauldron
51 - Seriousness
52 - Keeping Still
53 - Gradual Progress
54 - The Marrying Maiden
55 - Late Summer
56 - The Wanderer
57 - Gentle, Penetrating
58 - Joy
59 - Spring Fever
60 - Limitation
61 - Inner Truth
62 - Cooling Out
63 - After Completion
64 - Before Completion

HEXAGRAM #1 - YANG

SELF-CREATED PATH

He gave me an emergency
Telephone number to call.
It was my own.
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Overview

This is a time in which you will be very self-absorbed and self-aware. You are proud of yourself and the character you have developed on the hard roads of life. Your experience has been vast and deep in a way no one could understand. The truth is, you are still learning, particularly now, every day of your life. Your strength comes from the self you have created from the raw events given to you. Others may fall and bring ruin upon themselves, but you have accepted the challenge of life and survived--you are not unscathed, but you have made use of every scar; there is no pain or pleasure which you have overlooked in your life-study.

Now is the time again for you to take up a challenge. Something important is on the line and you will have to make the stand of your life in order to handle the karmic flow. People will look to you for strength and guidance; you will look inside yourself for strength and guidance. From the outside your world will offer little comfort. In motion and struggle you will make your own peace.

You are gifted now with creative magic. In faith and confidence you can carve the future you truly desire. For the final success you will balance power and humility--you are a true leader by example.

Line 1

This is a line which counsels close examination of self. Your situation is critical, but you must not rush out to battle. The battle is in you. You will have all too many battles yet to fight and the work you put in now as self-improvement will make all the difference later. Time is your ally and friend as you spend it well in putting your character together. Once again you are on lonely and magical roads--the destination is the future.

Line 2

You aren't just another face in the crowd. Even though you haven't consciously been advertising yourself, you have begun to be noticed as someone with something to say. Perhaps you are basically quiet, but your words have meaning in many situations--meaning which helps others see themselves more clearly. You will sense progress at this time and perhaps even find a good person who could help you see as you have helped others.

Line 3

There is no question that there is danger around. This will be a time when there will be temptations for you to say too much. You should think this over because it is also likely that you will be swept up in other's problems; they will become your problems. Hard work outside and an increasing quest for peace inside is the order of the day. You have got quite a bit together, but be sensitive to and guard against burnout. This is a good time to go your own way.

Line 4

The crossroads have been reached. All your preparation and action has led to this point and now your inner voice decides the way. Circumstances will pull you and currents will sweep you, but in the end your destiny will find you. From this day forward you will find a new life. There may be strain outside, but the peace will flow inside.

Line 5

You are riding the crest of fate and fortune right now. Many of the personal goals you set long ago have come about and your character is recognized by all who know you. When the spirit prompts you to action now, you have a definite aura of magic about you. You've seen hard work and hard roads, but this time is yours.

Line 6

You are going too far. Your strength and energy will push away the people you care for most as you reach for illusions of power and dominance. You have held too much negative inside and now it bursts forth like a spring flood. Water in and of itself is good, but in its excess comes death. Be careful not to assume too much and try to mold the world into your own shape. Be sensitive to the hearts of men--there the magic lies.


HEXAGRAM #2 - "YIN"

LONELY IN A CROWD OF THOUGHTS

Everything crossed the poet's desk.
Out the window he saw himself in lovers
On the street.
In his room he built the pyramids.
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Overview

You are at home in time. You feel the coming and going of seasons, people, and events. There are times you wonder at the endless flow and the meaning of all that has gone and the mystery of all yet to be. To you many answers seem to be time itself. Not that you believe "time heals all wounds", but you know a wound is a time phenomena. Last year's cut is a red line, now a time distant broken bone aches from the darkened sky above, but today is, still and forever, all that matters.

You are made to be a patient observer of the human condition. If you listen closely enough to the rhythm of life, if you still yourself completely, you can receive clues to the destinies all around you. At times your own fate comes to your door--surprising but not unwelcome. In face, you welcome the chance to see beyond the momentary phenomena of the everyday. You want to see straight to the heart, and time and again your horizons will be expanded. The grace you exhibit in dealing with challenging events wins you praise and respect, even and especially from the creative and unstable people to whom you react.

You don't have to travel to reach solitude. You are always alone with your thoughts and gather strength from the distance from others you establish. You experience confusion and are misunderstood at points, but usually you make the best of a situation if you follow your intuition.

You are a master of the fluid plan. The shape of your days become the shape of your undreamed dreams. Waking and sleeping your heart is open to life.

Line 1

Even someone who is attuned to most of life can miss the gathering of negative karma. Our gaze is turned and preoccupied and the small events and small signs of the day slip by. In the end we should have seen, should have known what was right there in front of us. For all your pride in your awareness, you are out of touch with your nature. Shocking hard times can come from such oversight. Life speaks clearly but softly to you now.

Line 2

Just being yourself is your greatest strength. You don't seek material or psychological rewards--you seek only to know yourself and to learn about life. Other people defeat themselves with excessive tension and blind effort in the quest for worldly goals, but you remain an observer. You examine the great chain of events link by link. You solitary ways cause an internal alchemy and magic brings you good fortune and understanding in direct proportion to your apparent stillness.

Line 3

You are very passive about the world's ego rewards. Good fortune comes from a conscious holding back in the face of potential praise and flattery. You need to let the world pass you--even underestimate you. All your personal evolution will be tested at the appropriate time, when you step from the shadows with your gift of life in hand. Before that moment, you must be free of the entanglements which come with superficial social interaction.

Line 4

In order to avoid the inevitable overreaction with those around you, you must cultivate detachment. You have a very charismatic personality and the influence you have now is extremely volatile. Supporters and enemies come from thin air and all share a basic misunderstanding of your true nature. Although it may be strangely appealing to you to be the center of attention, your truest road lies within. Use your extra senses to detect potential threats and step carefully among the masses.

Line 5

This is the line of natural success. You are completely at home with the way you have chosen and have no need to put yourself on display. Everything you say and do has a subtle and profound effect upon the people closest bind attract good fortune to you. You live with good timing--as right and natural as the timely arrival of spring after winter or light after darkness.

Line 6

Trouble and conflict won't disappear overnight simply because of apparent changes. A clash of egos is indicated by this line. Possibly a long standing friendship will be rekindled, then tested by familiar stresses. You should redefine your role in this relationship and deal directly with any hidden negatives. You'll have to differentiate between creative inspiration and the longings of your ego. You've been down the dark road before. Use your wisdom to avoid a painful retracing of steps.


HEXAGRAM #3- "DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING"

THE PRINTING PRESS WAS BROKEN

No Bibles, No Phone Books . . . .
MERCHANTS WEPT and
Some went out of business in shock.

Slowly, Day by Day
The printers' hands healed
from cut and stain.
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Overview

As you are probably feeling, a new road has opened up for you. It is not a peaceful, calm walk in the park, though. You are in the midst of dramatic and fast moving changes. If you are lax or lazy in your actions and reactions, your difficulty will thicken and grow. Your actions reflect sensitivity, but you must be cautious and meticulous at every turn.

Several things will aide you in your new road. Perhaps this road has chosen you rather than you choosing it, but nevertheless, its importance will grow more and more in your day-to-day life. This will help you to realize the responsibility which is facing you. For instance, you must gain assistance in your goal. You could make it alone, but, right now, to pursue friendship and support for your inner beliefs is a better way. This could manifest itself in many ways. Obviously, your true friends could help you through the dense, difficult, and chaotic times by making you feel that you are understood and appreciated, but others may seek spiritual guidance which enables them to realize that, even though their road is difficult, they are moving in the right direction.

The ability to endure helps now. The faint of heart will suffer and even small courage will be rewarded. Look for a clearing up of details after a particularly intense outburst. Be positive about putting order and routine in your life and, if you remain steadfast, expect success.

Line 1

Some obstacle is blocking even the very beginning of your venture. Your power in facing it is in humility rather than projecting uncertain images of your own power. You've got to get some friends or people who will care enough about you to help you. Use your energies to serve others and make your actions toward the world reflect your own needs. Women are especially fortunate at this time and benefit particularly from determination and the patience to wait for the right time.

Line 2

Chaos swirls around this line. Cares are many and peace of mind is hard to find. Look for a ghost-like recurrence or culmination of something done or desired then years ago, or be aware that what is begun now may have effects ten years hence. A new person may be on the scene--this produces negative feelings in you--leave the feelings behind. Let this person go his way while you strengthen your own character. You must be determined to out-wait the storms of confusion which surround you.

Line 3

In a manner of speaking you are lost. Like the hunter who wants to enter the forest without a path-finder to help him, your eagerness could lure you on to trouble. All signs say that you must realize that there is no lack of courage or power in waiting or even dropping back to reevaluate the situation entirely. Look at the passage of time with more humility and understanding, realizing that the world doesn't necessarily conform to our wishes. Things will work to your advantage eventually if you let them.

Line 4

Going forward is very favorable right now. All your energy should go toward understanding yourself. You must see clearly what you really want. If what is inside you, in your heart, is linked up with your will, things will be easier for you. Also, you need help, and you shouldn't be afraid to reach out for people who can really see you for what you are. Be discriminating in your choice of anyone to share your inner thoughts. This line is a good omen for marriage and is especially favorable for women who wait selectively for the right man.

Line 5

You want things to be right, but your goal escapes you. Not only are you thwarted from your desires, but many of your actions are being misunderstood, and you may even be experiencing hassles which you feel you don't deserve. Don't let things worry you. Get away. Go for a walk in the fresh air and set your spirit on small things. Rash action won't do and you must build your character so that you can muster the quiet resolution to remain aware of the feelings of the people for whom you care. Waiting and working are the way.

Line 6

Beware of a subtle deception. You may feel or see someone who feels like giving up. All people are different and some fold-up under the pressure. It is natural for the mind to be discouraged after repeatedly unsuccessful trials, but blind endurance will enable the faithful to see beyond their immediate circumstances. Instead of self-pity, use your power to remain humble and concerned. This concern may be most helpful in the area of your parents, whose health is questioned in the omen.


HEXAGRAM #4 - "YOUTHFUL SPIRIT"

LETS NOT TALK ABOUT IT NEXT TIME

There was no reason to argue, 
Nothing to fight about, 
But our relationship became
A startled fire alarm.
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Overview

You are lucky right now, although you may not see it clearly. In fact, you have probably been through a decidedly unsettling period in your life. You have been open-heartedly, even carelessly, following your instincts in order in gain the experience and self-awareness to which you are committed. Probably you wonder in amazement at moments on some possibly devastating mistakes in the recent past. You have, however, emerged relatively unscathed. The experiences you needed and sacrificed for are now part of your personal history, but the lingering anxiety of a near-disaster and the haunting complications remain at hand.

You are a good-hearted person basically, who likes to meet life head on and give back a solid measure of what you take. Now is your time for learning and true growth. If you were willing to accept the pleasure and excitement of your recent experiences, you must be equally willing now to recognize the depth and meaning behind your actions. You have wanted to grow and now you are challenged down to your roots.

You will experience a shifting teacher/student role for yourself at this time. One moment you may find yourself explaining life's secrets to someone close to you--the next moment you will be puzzled and reaching out for a bit of wisdom to help you through. A positive and thoughtful attitude will ensure you of gaining the most from the magical, yet confusing, dazzle of these days. Be patient as summer and gentle and wise as rain. Although you don't have wide experience with great numbers of people over long years of life, you have a talent for understanding which sets you apart from most people. You encourage and explain at the right times for others, as you delve into the depths of human nature.

Line 1

It's good to be exuberant and progressive, but you must strive to conquer a more childish (less child-like) part of your character. Continued indulgence and lack of discipline now will jeopardize the natural good fortune you have been experiencing. Be strict about your diet, thoughts, feelings, and intentions. You must gain control of the wayward child in you and dedicate yourself to a constructive program designed to encourage the person you wish to become. Your improvement plan must be ambitious, but fluid enough to fit your changing circumstances.

Line 2

One of the best things about you is your natural ability to deal with the bizarre behavior of the people around you. At times you seem to others to be the epitome of "cool". Nothing flusters you and you gain respect as you calmly take each new change in stride. This is an attractive quality to those who need to merge karma with a stable figure like you.

Line 3

This is the line where your natural good luck could run out. A child could be expected to reach out for every shiny new toy in its path, but you must expect more from yourself. How many times can you make the same mistakes with people while you neglect your own development? You have been lucky so far in life since you've absorbed hard times and come back stronger, but you must now realize the dangerous path you travel. In pursuing illusions you may miss the simple and beautiful gifts life has placed before you.

Line 4

Your life is lacking the detachment which could help you see more clearly. You have merged karma with too many people and become too involved in too many things which drain your life force. Your major task is to build an appropriate and practical vision of your life-this does not mix well with the self-defeating worries, fears, and pointless romantic illusions you have been so wrapped up in of late. You have been so rooted in the material world hassles that you may need a shock to shake you back to reality. Be an uncompromisingly honest friend, but don't expect your advice to do much obvious good.

Line 5

This line fulfills the positive promise of the hexagram. You embody a spark-of-life type personality which guides you through difficult situations with optimism and faith. In your restless search for yourself you will make mistakes, but your openness and willingness to face the truth of life will protect you time and again. Dedicate yourself to learning from all you see and listen intensely to the song of life.

Line 6

This line burns with potential embarrassment. You may find yourself in disbelief at something you have said or done; you may be about to say something which will cause you regret, or you might be about to combine those both. You must find maturity in this line to avert misfortune. If you find yourself in a situation where others need your guidance, you must be generous and wise. Don't let your childish side use the situation to exploit someone else's weakness to swell your ego. This would be a good time to channel enthusiasm toward forethought and timely action.


HEXAGRAM #5 - "WAITING"

VOICES IN THE HALL

Voices in the hall-
Voices like flashlights
On a dark night.
Just as if you are dreaming,
You must wait to see
Who walks into the room.
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Overview

You are looking to the future and wondering how to accomplish certain goals. Because of the circumstances of your life, danger is a part of the situation. You cannot foolishly wade into the thick of unknown difficulties, even though you would like to gain some end, so you build yourself a fortress inside your heart. Your destiny is moving toward you at this time and the problems you will not impetuously seek will find you and rain on you like a storm. Even as this happens, you will be calm and resolved to lead others by your confident example. Neurotic nervousness has passed away from the scene and this has become a time to nourish your physical and emotional centers. Come and go freely in your world and let laughter and goodwill rule these days.

Line 1

Let the clouds gather over your head as you go about your earthly business. You understand that now, more than ever, there is a truth in the everyday routine. You nourish yourself best by making the most of daily opportunities. In this way you are practically ambitious, forsaking empty dreams while you build on all at hand.

Line 2

Temptations to get involved in the oncoming problems make it doubly important for you to keep your head now. Realize that, as you see the strain taking its toll on those around you, no good will be effected if you react emotionally. Be detached from gossip as you let difficulties move away from you like a storm moves away toward the sea.

Line 3

This is a good time to gain strength and common sense from within. It is likely that you are drawn toward making a move of some kind out of frustration, but caution is advised. You must believe in yourself enough to pull yourself out of a foolish position, or be prepared to deal with the problems you bring on yourself. You have the power to turn yourself around, even though you cannot change the difficulties in your immediate world.

Line 4

Any conscious effort will be counterproductive in this serious time. All the calm you are capable of projecting will be needed to get through this time of stress. Don't waste time in self-pity or self-indulgent brooding. It doesn't really matter why this trouble has come, but it does matter that you face it with grace and intelligence.

Line 5

Right now you should let the storms come and go over your roof. Since the direct threat to your peace has temporarily lost its power, take advantage of this time by living it to the fullest. Take yourself and your friends out for a light-hearted meal. Spread some of your temporary peace around and everyone will benefit because first, you will lift peoples' hearts, and second, relaxation will sharpen your sense of timing, which will be so important in the near future.

Line 6

A dark mood sets in, but you don't completely give yourself over to it, realizing that there might be a bit of magic for you to find in it all. Just when you think things have gotten out of hand, look around for unexpected help or a sign of some kind for which you have been waiting. Treat all surprise entrances into your life with respect and unconditional, deep, and hidden optimism. Good comes from bad.


HEXAGRAM #6 - 'CONFLICT'

PUNCHES AT MYSELF

If things are as they seem,
Then why did my reflection in the mirror
Reach out to slap my face?
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Overview

Although you are not particularly inclined toward introspection at this time, it would be wise to take some time to look inside yourself. You are a strong person or a person who as passed through a long time of testing with his character increased. You have begun to think of yourself as a sort of central figure-one whose will is weighed seriously by others, if not followed absolutely by them , but this is a dangerously self-deceiving notion.

Conflict is around you and exaggerated self-righteous feelings are the last thing you need. Realize that others follow their inner voices, like you do, and they will feel negatively about you if you judge them. Do you want someone to be your judge now?

Instead of wasting your time becoming involved in struggles, you must take time to think. Don't start anything that you see will be a problem to you. Likewise, err on the side of caution-be conservative in travel and enterprise, use your talents to foresee trouble and avoid it. Try to be flexible and fluid in the face of changes as rock-steadiness will work against you. Also, search your circle of people for a wise adviser when difficulties intrude. Using your gifts of willpower and discrimination humbly to help yourself will help your passage through days of conflict.

Line 1

Avoidance is the order of the day. A world of conflict comes upon you from without and passes you by as a summer thunder squall. Just as it is foolish to be emotionally attached to the weather in its daily changes, so would it be foolish to become embroiled in someone else"s wrong-headedness. Pass into the shadows. While the gossipers and malcontents waste their time on you, trust that all things will come to a fair conclusion and go on in peace.

Line 2

Good sense is your savior. A transformation is necessary. Your competitive and argumentative side must give way to a healthier, more accepting mind-set. Rise above the clamor of the masses and show good will to all those who touch you. Retreat, survive, and go beyond the disruptions of the time. Should the number 300 be involved, exercise special care and consideration.

Line 3

Your world will move and flow more smoothly if you let all things go their own way. You are fortunate now, not because you are richest or most fashionable, but because there is something inside you which is exclusively yours-a positive personality, good values, and humility put you ahead of the rest who compete for smaller prizes. Relax and wait for your fortune and luck to guide the way.

Line 4

In a way you could gain quite a bit through argument and struggle, but the gains would be losses instead. Transform and regenerate your outlook! Turn away from limited and ignorant influences and look inside yourself. You will learn from observations about life, if you think with a peaceful heart.

Line 5

The right person is on the scene. It could be you are called upon to solve a problem between friends, or this person could be someone you know who has the power to help you. Get out some things you"ve been holding inside and you"ll see who really cares about you. If you have followed through in your beliefs, fortune will now run in your favor.

Line 6

Beware the hypnotizing serpent of the ego. You can have your way for a time-acting out some of your more aggressive feelings, but this brings you a dark harvest in return. So, enjoy your prizes, but keep listening for the footsteps of your actions coming back and realize the only permanent conflict is with the self.


HEXAGRAM #7 - "THE ARMY"

RIGHT HAND LEFT HAND

Right hand shows the way.
Left hand invents the way.
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Overview

Material and psychological levels are explored in this hexagram. In the material level you might be part of a group project or effort of some kind which requires the effective cooperation of many different kinds of people. You may find yourself the leader or central figure in this effort because of your outward appearance or simply because you are a natural leader. Not being the General Patton, forceful kind of "blood, guts and aggression type," you seek a gentler means to influence the minds and hearts of your associates. This influence will come as you draw on the hidden powers of the spirit in those around you. Remind them of your original goals and the values which bind you together as a group. Inspire the people that important things can be accomplished, only through mutual respect, perseverance, and dedication. Get your friends thinking about the nature of their own commitment and those individuals will produce the self-discipline needed for success.

On the purely spiritual level this hexagram means that you must harness and direct raw energy of your thoughts and feelings. You need to gain command over yourself through tireless examination of the workings of your mind. See what you believe and why, and if the beliefs will sustain you through the trials of life. Realize the important part inspiration plays in lifting you above the tired cycles of the world.

Line 1

Don't be too hasty in getting a difficult project started. Simply because you have built up your forces doesn't mean you are ready to take on the world. More than physical power is needed; you need to straighten out your values and get a clearer picture of why you want what you want. Rise above the petty corruption around you or in yourself. You would be best served by believing that your day is coming, in its own good time, to reveal the best in you and those around you. Believe in the flow of your life.

Line 2

You have worked hard at a certain task and you shouldn't be too humble to accept some praise. Your status as a leader is rewarded and you, in turn, honor all who make your success possible. Be in touch with your friends and treat situations with total fairness. This will make you the example everyone wants you to be.

Line 3

The true leadership of your project has been grabbed or lost by people who rely more on their egos than the finding of proper direction. You haven't exercised your leadership or brought out the leadership in others properly and now, as a result, the fate of the project hangs in the balance. Restore order by burying old negative feelings and look through the ghosts of unfulfilled wishes. Get yourself together here and now and the future will take care of itself.

Line 4

In order to be victorious you must know when to punch and when to duck. Now is the time for intelligent spiritual withdraw (duck)-not in cowardice, but in confidence that your time will come. Don't be lured by false bravery-drop back and look at the situation. It probably calls for you to cultivate your faith in yourself and friends. Hidden power can then be transformed through good timing.

Line 5

There is a test coming-not only a physical struggle but an emotional and spiritual one. It is at this time when everyone's commitment to the goal upon which all agreed will face its sternest trial. If you are a leader, don't let the group feeling disintegrate into isolated individuality, and if you experience a temporary advantage, don't let anyone use it to bully or intimidate others. That course will backfire and all will be lost. Make "good" the standard to which all must adhere. Evoke good sportsmanship.

Line 6

If you have come into power, victory, or advantage, share it with deserving friends and associates. This is the time to be the person you desire to be. Let good values and actions flow like healing water to wash away negative people and negative results. Good outshines the last remnants of corruption and important directions are shared.


HEXAGRAM #8 - !UNION"

THEN I LOOKED UP

I was biding my time, looking down, 
Reading out loud.
She walked into the room and sat down
Then I looked up.
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Overview

There is a strong need for separation and solitude in your nature. Much of what satisfies you is personal and individual. At times you feel at odds with the world because it is so apparently different from what you desire. You are a leader. People look to you as a potential guiding spirit because you are stable. This stability is based largely upon your distance from the world's petty concerns. This is a time to flow naturally to other people who seem to be on a similar path. Together your forces will be greater than the sum of your parts. By temporarily renouncing your isolation you will find clues and signs which show yourself in the world. Others will recognize you as wise and trustworthy and give you the help you need.

It is suggested that you cast the coins again at this point in order to find some very timely information; use this next hexagram you receive to deepen and expand your view of the situation. Perhaps you have knocked on the door at the right time. Don't hesitate to follow your fate.

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You are the best example of positive thinking right now. The hard work you have done on your life has given you a natural confidence which draws success to you magnetically. Other people will emerge unexpectedly to shower you with benefits, and in your present clear state you will easily turn your good fortune into help for all.

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If you are seeking too actively outside yourself, you have forsaken your path. All your luck depends on your natural approach to people and situations. Everything you have gained materially is a reflection of your inner "rightness." Resist the lure of greed and its accompanying insecurities because, without your values, any gain will be a burden and a loss. There is more true wealth right in front of your eyes than you could find through behind-the-scenes dealings.

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So many times you have felt at odds with the values of those around you. So many times you have wanted to withdraw from the superficial scene, but in order to maintain social equilibrium you have submerged you true feelings and become a member of the very group you dislike. This is a natural time to leave them all behind and suffer through the last traces of karma from this unfortunate period.

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You must strike a balance between being positively influenced and misguided. You are fortunate because some of your friends are dynamic and creative individuals who help you get out of the ruts which dull your senses. Remember, however, you are not them. Get to know the mystery and magic of your own deep waters; use special people as examples, but be yourself.

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You are in tune now. Recently you have kept certain areas of your life to yourself, correctly believing they were your business exclusively. Unsympathetic people have jumped to conclusions about you and have deserted your friendship. Actually, although this seems a loss at first, it is really a gain, since you not only are free of troubled individuals who never really cared about you, but are left with those who like you for the freedom you exemplify. Everything works to your benefit because you are sincere.

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Things would have been so much different if you had been more active in finding a way through your problems. Others look at you and shrug because they don't have the inclination or will to help you, and you have lost respect because you haven't been determined about helping yourself. Resign yourself to confused and chaotic times until the floodwaters have receded.


HEXAGRAM #9 - "SMALL THINGS"

TWO BEGGARS

Me and you
Hands out for love
In the emotional famine years.
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Overview

You are in the opening days of a new time. Problems beleaguered you in the recent past, but now a tide seems to be turning slightly in your favor. The darkness has lifted but your heart has not lightened. Since you feel some power renewed in you, you are wondering if you should be more aggressive. You shouldn't. now you must make your stand for the small things. You can't go anywhere by force, so you must strengthen your character in humble ways you might ordinarily overlook. Begin with yourself. Realize that even your outward appearance might have some possible effect, positive or negative, on the people around you. Make your actions reflect your true personality. You are what you do.

Reach out to help children or people whose outward appearance suggests trouble. In this time of reaching out for you, you will feel strong inspiration and good fortune. At other moments doubts will weigh heavy, but each passing day spent in gathering and planning will bring you closer to the success you have desired.

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You have good fortune in the midst of bad. Rushing ahead before you were ready is having its effect on you now. This mistake will be easily corrected by moving to a suitable course of action. Already you are moving toward it, not stubborningly plodding onward, but gracefully dodging and adapting to changing situations.

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Now you must follow the examples of your good friends. The way they feel is the way you should feel. Tempted to go on when it is wise to turn back, you realize that being sensible is stronger at times than willful action to satisfy the pride.

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Be careful, you have pushed too far. Don't be surprised if you find yourself at odds with your friends. Set yourself straight and try to put more energy toward good causes. If you find that surprising resistance obstructs you, you will fail at this time to ensure success later. Confusion is the order of the day.

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This is the time to use your power to influence someone else. They may come to you for advice, or you might have to risk their displeasure as you make your point of view known. Gather your courage and do what you know you have to do. The situation is serious!

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Friendship flowers. You are fortunate in that good people like you. If you harness the good feelings at your fingertips, then you will find the source of the positive powers swelling inside you. You must be trustworthy and loyal to move the hearts around you, and you are just the person to do it, right now.

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Watch out for the full moon because mysterious forces are about you. You mustn't go ahead now simply because your ego wants more. You have attained something; seek to understand what you have before you conspire to get more. The small things got you where you are, and now your true loyalty will be shown.


HEXAGRAM #10 - "TREADING THE TIGER'S TAIL"

JUST KEEP SLEEPING
I don't want to wake up
To an argument.

In my dream
I'm breaking branches
Off the red thorn bush
Around the mailbox.
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Overview

If you were to have the problem of getting past a sleeping (or walking) tiger at close range, you would be forced to seriously consider every move you might possibly make. Awkward or unnecessary moves would be immediately distinguishable from the quiet, graceful moves you would employ in order to survive. So it is in living. All life is like tiger and his tail, depending on your attitude. Sometimes you look at the people and situations of the world as troublesome and nerve-wracking, and to you they are at times. Best to realize that this is your karma, and not necessarily everyone or anyone else's. do what you feel important with style and concentration, and treat the worrisome entanglements you seek to avoid with good will. This distinguishes you from the masses of people who do not try to find their own way and become progressively more self-destructive and angry as time goes by. Show that your values are not born out of egotism, but from a personal vision which you hope will help you through life. If you can view life as treading the tiger's tail, yet still experience the unexpected subtleties all around you with a feeling of quiet joy and freshness, there will be no need to be dragged down by the guilt and frustration of others. However, there is no guarantee in this omen that you will pass the tiger without waking him up. That's what it's all about.

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You are in a world of your own. This is exactly where you have longed to be-away from the pressures and trials of the outside world. You are especially lucky since you can succeed easily in your chosen area. The only challenge you face is with yourself. Has your distance from others given you freedom to be yourself, or has it given you freedom to be self-indulgent? Simplicity (no scheming or pretension) is your best protection and direction.

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You are nearly invisible. The detachment you sought from worldly, time-wasting values it complete. You will pass through your troubles like a wind in the tall grass. The future and the past are living in your every moment. You were meant to be yourself and to temporarily conceal your wisdom from the people who wouldn't understand anyway. Your intuition is clear and strong and secrets are revealed to you.

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You are living in a dangerous world of illusion. You may have an exaggerated opinion of yourself which will lead you into serious complication. The whole concept of "treading" is very serious and should be done with maximum preparation and realistic analysis of your limitations. You seem ready to leave that behind to chase some phantom your ordinary mind has created. Your headstrong attitude could only be understood if you were taking a chance to help another to whom you feel responsible. Even so, you will be bitten by the tiger. Get in touch with yourself-now!

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This is the essence of treading. Danger lurks on every side, yet you go on. Basically, you aren't a hero-type ready to die for your cause-you want to live for it! So you practice extreme care with every moment and every moment carries you forward. Now is the time to let your inner strength and resoluteness, which has grown inside you, guide you, and propel you on your true course. Have faith!

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It looks like you have made up your mind to go ahead. Your will is strong and your powers are all collected and ready to be put to use. You will need them! Remember, you are treading the tiger's tail. There will be trouble and all the plans and strategies you have developed should be put to use to your advantage. Be prepared for hassles and keep a light touch about your affairs. Inner and outer strength can join for you.

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Your time of treading should be coming to an end. Dangers seem to be less a factor than a short while ago, and a feeling of accomplishment or relief begins to comfort you from the hard road you have traveled. Look over your journey and examine the current state of you karma. If you have employed a "end justifies the means" mentality, you could be dragging some chains, but if you have invested yourself sincerely and completely in all you have left behind, you will experience true freedom. Old ghosts won"t haunt you and you will learn why you came to this crossroad.


HEXAGRAM #11 - "PEACE"

SHE WAS TRANSPARENT

When the fortune teller
Took off her
Many-colored memory,
I was comforted to see
She was transparent.
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Overview

Good things are there for you, if you are willing to take on a challenge. You probably have been gong through some mind-muddling changes where tried-and-true values you once depended on have disintegrated leaving pretty squabbling and time-wasting hassles. Actually the problem is that you haven't asserted yourself and put your cards clearly on the table. Because of your need to be mellow, you have left too much up to fate-this is a mistake-this is time to tell others what you really are all about. Others may have come to inaccurate conclusions about your personality and it is time to set the record straight. There will be a slight awkwardness in your initial attempt at unraveling a problem, but you will have a deep impact on another person who will come to see your point-this is when peace will start. The effects of this tranquil period could be very far-reaching and significant to your life. By exerting your will you have fused energies which would have been wasted otherwise. The harmonious flow you have begun is timely for all involved. Just like good times can only be understood in relation to hard times, peace is best savored in relation to the periods of conflict (war) which preceded. Teach yourself to enjoy this time and make the most of every golden moment. Reach out with faith and confidence to do what you might have thought was impossible. Be a healer.

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You honestly care about others. Recently you have encountered situations which have shown you a sad misuse of human potential-perhaps people are involved in petty arguments and misunderstandings of each other's personality or motivation. Now, however, you have the power to straighten things out. As you come out confidently and show the people you care, good things will happen. You may even be surprised at the vein of humanity you tap into as unexpected human riches may be yours for the taking.

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You are a strong person who has the power to see things clearly. Your close personal relationships and your general approach to life are guided by the same concepts of fairness and positivism. People depend on you for a certain attitude-a unique outlook which seems to regenerate them. Your even-minded approach is very soothing in a pressurized and dehumanizing world. Your greatest strength now is treating every person with respect. Live the golden rule.

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Keep your head in the face of changes. You've been through it all before-just when you feel some progress is being made, the rug is pulled out from under you. While this may leave you talking to yourself for a short time, ultimately, cooler heads will prevail. Forget the "Why is this happening to me?"' attitude and realize that it's just your time for hassles. Go with the flow-remember, you learned a long time ago that when things get chaotic and crazy you cant make the situation better by being chaotic and crazy yourself. Now is the time for faith in your fortune and a calm, measured outlook.

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Part of your personal magic is your ability to put people at ease-not just the people to whom you relate most naturally, but anyone crossing your path. There is something open about you and it makes contact with the human, unguarded part in the other entities you encounter. Be willing to share a moment, a feeling of life. Be a clear mirror in which others can see themselves. Don't try too hard.

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There are certain "rules" of conduct (personal behavior) which can bring order and harmony to even the most strained and potentially exasperating situation. These "rules" aren't necessarily commands waiting for you to issue them; they are more like ideas, which, if emphatically stated and backed by your energy and commitment, could positively influence others at the right time. Good fortune will follow you now-you have had the courage to come "out front" with the right idea. Others know you as a leader and give you respect and loyalty.

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There are some hassles coming our way. Peace is finished. Old ideas and feelings have given way to a new time in which you will be the center of some negative attention-remember not to fight the new threats with your old strengths, they will only work against you now. You have earned this problem with some old, unfinished point of karma-so develop your equanimity and put up your psychological umbrella. Learn to love the rain.


HEXAGRAM #12 - "STANDSTILL"

LOVE IS NOT NO PHONECALL

Love is not no phonecall.
Love is not never hearing the truth.
Love is hung-up on yourself.
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Overview

You will be at a standstill, a point of stagnation, with the outside world, if you are a serious seeker of truth and self-knowledge. You will notice a rising tide of small irritations, especially reflected in your dealings with the people around you. Petty arguments block the way to true communication. You may find yourself explaining over and over some insignificant remark you make, as if you were embroiled in a legal battle. You will notice that no matter how rational and logical you become, no progress will be made in this situation. In fact, the more you talk, the more troubles you will have. Obviously, this will be a good time to gather up your personal forces and retreat to the shadows. When the irrationality around you grows, frustration will result from your attempts to right things. This is a good time to remove the craziness, shed it like a tattered coat or old skin, and transform yourself into someone new and improved.

If flatterers appear to cloud your spirit with ego temptation, then you will see the true nature of the character you have developed. You will know the truth about yourself, if worldly temptations strike the vein of weakness in your heart. You would do better to realize your need for building character strength and for retiring from the worldly arena, than go on with your prepared outer-show. One compromise with your values now will lead to another until your life becomes a standstill.

This hexagram has a feel of rainy karmic weather about it. Retreat from the storm and take care of personal business. When the clouds have passed away and you have had a long talk with yourself, the new days will again bring the spirit of progress and movement to your life.

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This line suggests a karmic gift. In a troubled time you have found the current in a swollen stream which carries you to safety. Loyalty is the key now, outwardly, to someone with whom you share a feeling about the flow of life, and inwardly, to yourself and the values you have adopted in moments of clarity. The friend to whom you are loyal must be helped now, as if he were another incarnation of yourself. As you lead him to safety through the storm of hard karma, you will be deepening an alliance with yourself. Don't fight the flow. When your help doesn't get through, go on alone without hesitation to your place of safety.

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You will now see how easy it is for people to trick each other. The flatterer and the one he flatters have an unspoken agreement. Of course, nothing real happens and everyone goes unfulfilled, but the gaudy material world-show holds the center of attention. There is no future for you in this kind of scene. It is against all your values. You must be faithful to what you believe now, even if the flatterers reject you. Eventually you will be respected and your wisdom sought after.

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You are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Temptations of the ego have subtly seduced you over time, and, while a superficial side of your nature was being gratified, the deeper elements of your character were starving. Now you stand in a dark spotlight-the center of gossip, whispers of scandal-caught in a trap laid for you by your own subconscious. You needed a lesson about wasting your time and energy on negative worldly values-go beyond the twisted feelings of the moment and grow past this sorry moment in your life.

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The block of ice which has encased you is beginning to melt away. Perhaps it has been affected by the warmth of your sincerity and the generosity of your spirit. You continue to stand by your principles, even now when your intuition tells you the time is not yet free. You speak openly though you wonder at the ultimate result your revelations will produce. Trust to your deepest instincts now and demonstrate to others the personal freedom which will surprise even yourself. This is the key to changing times and the departure of standstill.

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Curious breakthroughs are happening all around you. The pettiness and the contention has turned to relative peace. You seem to be getting chances to express and explain the circumstances of your life and the trials which have forged your values. After the time you have spent turned inward, this contrast is pleasing yet somewhat perplexing. The heaviness of heart has prepared you well for the passing weather and changes, by forcing you to examine the signs around you. Be careful with each step and make sure you act from strength combined with self-awareness.

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Nothing in life can remain static. The hard times you have passed have left you slightly weak and weary; however, this is not a time for rest and you search for new currents of inspiration to get you on the right track. You have learned a great lesson of life as you have seen the time of hardship pass into the mist. The dark times and the intimacy with yourself you experienced will not leave your memory now. Let your total strength accumulate gradually and face the new days with an open heart.


HEXAGRAM #13 - "THE WIZARD"

BROTHERHOOD OF DAY AND NIGHT

Wizard, Wizard on the wall
You see in the dark mirror
The Brotherhood of Day and Night.
You found a shell.
Its song reminds you of home.
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Overview

You must be a wizard now. Even though you have pulled yourself up from the long bondage of the past, you remain physically shell-shocked. Somehow you have risen to many of life's challenges, not as an angry warrior or greedy competitor (though you have been through bouts with both those attitudes), but with a good-natured intensity backed up by self-control and positive thinking. Your straight-up honesty with yourself is making it possible for you to go beyond your imagined limitations. Be what you really dream of being and only your inner heart will know the gain and loss. On the outside, you may encounter initial resistance from others, but open-hearted waiting and gentle speech may enable you to use your magical gifts to inspire and uplift others. Be a wizard!

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Let your light shine on the outside now. Your suspicion of people in general comes from your shell-shocked past. You were burned and consequently you keep your true self concealed as a means of self-protection, but this time is a time which demands and honest outward representation of the soul within. Be wary of secrets at your door.

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Some of your wizardly power is being lost in your ego's search for an elite group of people. You could be the kind of person who beams with good will to all and is a living example of brotherhood. Lift your eyes up from yourself and realize there are no supermen. Try to see your reflection in the sea of faces around you.

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The old ways are strong in you now. There is a breath of life strongly moving in you and it is as invigorating as the coming of spring, but be careful not to lapse back into your secretive, sometimes self-destructive ways. If you resolve to show some initiative on all fronts of your life, you will benefit-if you fall into the shadows you will find trouble waiting for you.

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Your dumb luck is working for you here. Dumb luck in the sense that, even though you have let yourself be guided by some rather bizarre thoughts and opinions, nevertheless, good fortune has come to you as a psychic flash or premonition. You see how foolish you have been and claim a fresh start for yourself based on realistic good sense.

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Life isn't easy for anything. Who would begin to unravel the riddle of the past or see into the puzzling present moments we live? There would seem to be a towering gulf between each soul, yet, sometimes there is a recognition. The wizard sees in the dark. Love and honesty can turn away the coldest shadows.

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The path of life has led the wizard deep into solitude. What at first seemed like a happy destiny has become a kind of timeless wait. Now comes the real testing of the spirit. Manufacture a positive attitude from thin air of your prayers. Find happiness and peace in your melancholy. You are washed up upon the beach in this sea of stars.


HEXAGRAM #14 - "WEALTH"

CHRONIC HUNGER

I lost time 
At last night's banquet
Fretting over
A breakfast I missed
Last year.
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Overview

This is a strange hexagram. It forecasts abundance and riches, but humility and sensitivity in the possessor of them. Probably you are not the type of person who lusts after material objects or ornamental relationships with attractive people. More likely, you are service-oriented and sincere in your approach to your work and social responsibilities. Because you are a different and unique person, you will experience an extreme accumulation of personal or material wealth. Look around you closely. You probably feel something lacking-like a distant feeling you can't quite catch or a need for more worldly success. You've got to realize that you are already fortunate and it would be much more advantageous for you to appreciate what you have rather than to long for the unknown. You are a magical person who probably knows this already. Maintain your natural humility in these days when you will see your light reflected in the faces around you. Whatever you do, enjoy these days because they have the golden beauty of Autumn. Try not to feel the coming chill of winter or remember the warm summer skies.

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Take advantage of the quiet abundance of this period. Take the opportunity to build yourself up from the inside out. You have a natural and relaxed attitude toward making mistakes, but now you must be more careful and try to anticipate coming problems. You cannot afford to be lenient with your values, as you prepare to meet life on its own terms.

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When you meet with complications and difficulties, you will experience the wealth of friendship you have cultivated. Do not hesitate to reach back into your seldom used pool of resources for the extra help you need. You are not weighed down by what you possess-your most basic philosophy is pragmatism. Something is valuable if it is useful-this keeps you free to find yourself in everyone and everything around you.

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You don't believe in ownership. You feel it is a sad illusion to think that, because you desire something, the more you repel it from your truest heart and understanding. Let your fate find you and be generous with everyone and everything attached to you. Your freedom from greed and jealousy is the source of your greatest wealth, and you will never lose what you don't want to own.

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You are an intelligent person and your mind is your greatest asset right now. All around you are the material symbols of status, wealth, and power, and they have their allure. Fortunately, your inner sense tells you material wealth brings heavy burdens. Some have more than you and they must spend great energies to keep their material place. Others have much less than you, and you are sad for them and thankful yourself-be yourself and resist temptations to long for more things.

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You are an unusual person. Perhaps your individuality is your greatest wealth. Other people see you as a free entity because they feel burdened by their own desires and expectations. You must be careful in your actions now. Don't be insensitive in your freedom. Your actions must reflect the hard path you have traveled and the struggles with yourself you have lost and won. Show others your empathy and sympathy-this will best serve your own developing character.

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You have gone the right way. You are free of the past and in a balanced harmony where you stand. It is time to be creative and helpful. As you reach out and expand, look carefully at the people who cross your path. You will find a person who others have overlooked, and this person will enrich you with his understanding of life. Seeing your own truth through other souls has been your key to wealth all along. Remember that now you are in your golden days.


HEXAGRAM #15 - "MODESTY"

A MAN, A TREE, A FALLEN LEAF

A man, a tree, a fallen leaf.
No one could sort them out
From a million miles in space.
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Overview

This is a fortunate hexagram. You see life as a learning experience. Consequently, you are open to the powerful lessons of the material plane. This is modesty, a certain openness, a willingness to be changed by time, fate, and circumstance. Don't get hung-up on words and whether everything you say is modest in the human ego sense. You should have fun and make your human interaction suit your needs and moods. Sometimes you may present yourself in an assertive way, but if you are truly modest about life, it will radiate through and people will feel the who that you are. In "Modesty" things take time-one of your greatest strengths is a humility connected with time. You believe that what should happen will happen, with your gentle and determined guidance. You probably have some long term goals, whether they are related to people or projects or whatever, and they will get done, because you have faith. Faith is another sign of modesty-faith in your talents or personal gifts, or faith in other entities or inspirational sources-these make the true miracles of life happen.

There is a sincerity factor in this hexagram. You will be called upon by fate to reveal the simple and truthful feelings about situations. These will come naturally at the most appropriate moment. Perhaps you will be caught off guard, but go with the flow. You are a person who can deeply effect people and situations with a timely word or emotional sharing. Be modest enough to love yourself.

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Go for it. No words will bring home the success you desire; action will totally carry the day. You have come a great distance in life, in years and your road has been the right one for you. Perhaps you have gone through a time of self-imposed seclusion or isolation which will now be broken with a purposeful mission in society. You are advised to make a journey -this will increase your chance for good fortune and truly reflect the great journey of the soul which you have already traveled.

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Others will be effected strongly now by your words and actions. There is something "true" about you which works a heady magic on people in a world where complex dishonesties seem to rule the day. At critical times you are completely transparent, revealing your inner depths to the world. Since you are free of tricks, subterfuge, and prejudice you will shine like a star-brighter still because you don't care that much about it all. Your natural love of life will bring you blessings.

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You are a special person and most everybody seems to know it. It is possible that you achieve worldly success easily, or just that your whole approach to life in general seems successful-in either case the only danger is being swept away in the ego-flood. People may treat you deferentially, but you won't be pulled far off your humble path. You will turn outward success into inward encouragement, and this will validate your modesty in the eyes of other entities. There is magic in life for you to feel and touch-it is everywhere and will transform your spirit-modesty is the key.

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You believe you talents are a gift which should be developed and used-this is an important expression of modesty. View yourself as a kind of spiritual connection through which inspiration flows freely. In giving yourself over to the powerful creative forces of the universe, you demonstrate a kind of worthiness to accomplish great things on whatever level you are expending energy. This line speaks of work-on yourself, on your material plans, on your relations with others-the kind of work which has the power to set you free.

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This is a line of leadership, and it will be difficult to maintain the strict societal image of modesty. There are decisions to be made, possibly for the directions of a group and many important steps lay ahead. People's hearts must be penetrated in order to determine the depth of their loyalty and commitment. You may initially put off some others with the intensity of your actions, but in the end your dedication will show your true motivations. Any leader is well served by the reputation of being hard (tough), but fair. This is you.

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What makes you a truly strong person is your willingness to accept your own karma. You've seen it all your life in others and battled it in yourself-that tendency to point the finger outward in times of stress, to blame others for the troubles you have brought on. Of course, any troubles can only be fought from the inside out. As you take your fate squarely on your shoulders, you fulfill one of the highest human callings. Material and spiritual responsibility is a great expression of modesty. Get yourself together and magical things can happen. There is nothing stopping you from being the person you know you can be.


HEXAGRAM #16 - "ENTHUSIAM"

LOOKING BACKWARD IN A CRYSTAL BALL

In the daytime we say we are glad
To have traveled difficult paths in becoming.
In the crystal ball of night we see clearly 
How much could have been avoided.
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Overview

A great task is suggested in this hexagram. Possibly you are involved in something which has you spellbound in its ups and downs. Your mind continually works on all the details and possible outcomes which face you. Thoughts of guilt and regret will help you to see where your course of action lies. In your greatest effort you have probably overlooked the feelings of some people who depend on you for special consideration.

One of the most important messages of this hexagram is that you have the power of leadership to make your will a reality, but you must treat each person who is important to you in a special and individualized way. Old standards or a blanket philosophy just won't be enough right now. Go out of your way to make everyone see that, although you sometimes make mistakes, you are determined to do the right thing. Let your enthusiasm carry you along and others will follow. When you are confident about the path you have chosen, you will experience a time of rest-not a physical resting, but more of a trance-like frame of mind. As you lose yourself in the past, present, and future of the human race, listen for your own internal music. The free melodies inside you will help you learn about yourself. Be serious about the music you hear and the feelings which your heart shares with all others and peace will come about.

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Don't be over-involved with your ego. Whether or not anyone is paying attention to you is less important than your integrity. If you can't lead by example, you are just another hypocrite. Words don't fulfill your needs or the needs of others. Actions alone will show what you really are. Stop kidding yourself and figure out what you really want out of life.

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You are as solid as a rock. Your ego is under control and your mind doesn't easily deceive you. You see through events clearly, not only beneath the surface, but, compared to those around you, you seem physically aware of the events before they happen. This foresight, which is actually "clearsight", makes it possible for you to protect and develop yourself and those closest to you.

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You are the center of attention and people are attracted to you. Open your heart and do not be too quick to refuse the friendship of someone who is either now known to you or will be entering the picture in the near future. Be open to your intuition and move freely in the directions shown to you by your mind and heart.

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You believe in waiting for the right time, but you have gone too far. You have let opportunities go by which will never return. What you are waiting to see won't help you now, only a renewed effort at being lively and aware will begin to shift fortune back to your favor.

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This is a line of illness, whether the illness is actually physical or symbolic it will not last long. The limitation you will feel will give way after a time. Possibly you feel alone or isolated, even in a crowd because others seem to be more easy in their adjustments. This situation is not as desperate as it seems if you use it for growth. You must believe that you are learning about life and giving out good as you wait for healing.

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You have been on a kind of ego trip-far too caught up in the changes of your life. While you have been mindlessly immersed in the continuous flurry of activity you have taken on yourself, you have missed out on the necessary sensitivity to maintain your position of leadership. Snap out of it and realize that at some time all people act like fools, even you.


HEXAGRAM #17 - "FOLLOWING"

I YAWNED AS THE BOAT APPROACHED THE CLIFF

I yawned as the boat approached the cliff,
The lemonade was too strong,
But the afternoon mist
Was perfect viewing for a disaster.
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Overview

Two great principles are working in your favor: Determination to do right and humility. You ask no more from anyone than you are willing to do yourself. This makes you a soft-spoken leader who has the loyalty of people's emotions. You are humble in that you accuse and blame no one else. You support the growth in those around you by listening to them without judgment and by being quiet about some of your own knowledge. Often it is less important to be right than to treat someone with respect.

You move with the time realizing that those who ignore the demands of changing events often fail in bringing about peace. You fight to remain free of secret motivations and you see the power of your personality as it works on others. Now is a good time to turn to a spiritual source, or the intuition you feel, and believe that guidance will come.

You may find yourself busy, in one way or another, during this time, and you keep your life in balance by giving yourself the relaxation needed for the soothing of your nervous system.

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A change of heart is indicated. Possibly, as you broaden your scope or extend more sympathy to those outside your usual circle, you will see results. Your positive power increases dramatically as you take a wider look around. Look in unexpected people and places for the answer you need. Life is larger than you realize. Your strength lies in your ability to balance public and private worlds.

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Look at yourself and your relationships very carefully right now. There is a possibility that you are passing over some good people in favor of some other people who feed your ego, but don't actually help your life to move forward. Beware of being a hypocrite. Make your values happen.

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Your values are strong and attainable right now. That is fortunate since you are making some changes. There may even be second thoughts or melancholy about new directions and old. You are right to want the best from your life and in order to get it you hold fast to the principles by which you steer. Storms may come, but they will quickly go.

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People are attracted to you and they gratify your ego. Even though you might be weak to egotism, you must realize that it lies within your power to see through flatterers and select some people for friends who would enable you to try out a more refined version of yourself. Then you will feel progress.

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Blessings are coming to you because you successfully live your beliefs. Try to bring out the best in everybody and you will be the respected center of good events. Believe in the good inside each heart and be tireless in your confidence in the people closest to you. Listening to good friends will be to your advantage.

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You want to rest, lay back and enjoy some time by yourself. A long period of hard work seems to be behind, but the world needs you and one person in particular can benefit from your friendship and philosophy. Duty calls and at first you are reluctant, but then you take it upon yourself to exercise your will.


HEXAGRAM #18 - "WORK ON WHAT HAS BEEN SPOILED"

AUTOGRAPHED BEFORE TIME BEGAN

Each grain of sand
Falling through my fingers
Falling through the hourglass
Was multi-colored
And autographed before time began.
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Overview

Many of your current problems have been produced by your own lack of direction. You are blessed with the strength, character, and vision to move people's hearts. Recently you have had a powerful effect on your immediate circle by coming out strongly in favor of action and clear thinking. You should take your own speech to heart. it is time for a new way of doing things-travel, give up a bad habit and most of all, get in touch with those closest to you. Express yourself as frankly as you can. When conflicts are thick, you go into a kind of hiding to outwait the storm. The problem is that when the storm is over you still don't come out. Probably you are still trying to protect yourself, but this is inappropriate since you haven't made the change with the times. You can go on blaming this or that, but the plain truth is that you must start living the truth inside you. Your charisma comes from your inner values, so how can you go on endlessly holding back? Is it laziness, or don't you really know yourself at all?

This hexagram is a good omen since the difficulties around you are exactly equal to your ability to meet them. If you go on giving less than your share to yourself and life in general, you are going to have a hard time. On the other hand, if you get a little old-fashioned work-ethic about yourself, you can straighten things out. The door is open for you , and the situation will get better if you want it to. Put all your energy into making good decisions; think about them before and after you make them. Your life isn't as simple as it seems sometimes, now as confusing. Get things in order without pushing. If you prepare yourself for changes while giving as much as possible to others, you will be ready when the time of movement comes. Be honest, practical, and realistic.

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Get in tune with the time. You are lagging behind as the changes go on all around you. The present is your puzzle to solve. You can not waste time clinging onto ideas which served you in the past. There may be difficulty getting your concentration together at this time, and you might find yourself paying back mysterious debts for other people. This may be related to your immediate family. Now is the time for saving. Plant your seeds in your life.

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You may think you live a charmed life, but it isn't true. Lately fate has shown you that there are many foolish things that you have done and some people don't trust you. Somehow you've got to wipe the slate clean and remedy the mistakes around you and in your past. This is the time take the hard line and keep yourself straight-forward in your dealing with your people and yourself. Give up the memory of the twisted events behind you.

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Your electricity is very active at this time. The change you have undergone of late is reflected in your extreme behavior. Your changes have startled those around you, but you can't even stop to explain. You might grate on some nerves for a time, but your intense movement will be understood and appreciated in the future. Keep in mind the old saying, "Today is the first day in the rest of your life." Cultivate your sincerity because it will partially deflect the negative feelings your bluntness might be causing. Stay humble.

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This is a bad time for you to be resting or feeling self-satisfaction. You are headed for a fall. It may be because you are over-tolerant with your own weakness or because you are too past conscious. Don't delude yourself into thinking that you are going in the right direction or that things will magically work out-they won't, and, unless you put some energy into contacting your higher-self (intuition, prayers, or inspiration) for the direction you need you are going to experience a difficult time. Watch out for the "Blues" and weakness of the will as warning signals telling you that you are misguided.

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It is time to face yourself and those involved with you. This will bring good fortune. You can't go on dodging your karma-it is in front of you. You are lucky because people really care about you, and take an involvement in your life. To show you how mistaken your former path was-you probably felt that people close to you were persecuting you, when in reality they were confused by contradictions in your character and sought to resolve them. This was a difficult time for you because the contradictions were part of changes you needed to go through without the strain of misunderstandings. Al that is past now and you are willing to own up to your shortcomings and reach out for help to the people who truly care for you. Humility is a strength for you now.

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The turmoil of changes has passed you by, like a storm moving out to sea. Things will never be the same for you, but that is very suitable to you. You have realized that the endless turn of human events will continue, and only your own misjudgments lead you to be the center of strife and confusion. The restlessness and upheaval will haunt individuals forever, and you have become aware that to be over-involved in human nature is ultimately a waste of time. The problems plaguing people's hearts today are as old as the race, and they will have a long future. Your role is to get reacquainted with your spirit and to begin a new openness with more universal values. Wish society well and go on your way-then you will have much to give through development of your individuality.


HEXAGRAM #19 - "JANUARY"

SAID THE JACK O'LANTERN TO THE PUMPKIN

"When they come to carve away your youth
Into a nightmare smile,
Pretend you are sleeping."
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Overview

For some time your thoughts have been on getting things in order and making some progress. Your motivation is not necessarily that you have a specified goal in mind-some distant flesh of gold you desire. You realize the absolute importance of "now"-this moment you are in-the only one like it in all the wide passing of time. You must do today what cannot be postponed until tomorrow. At this point you welcome responsibilities as potential building blocks on the road to self-expression. The thinking and planning you have been loosely organizing will now come to its destiny as a new emotional/karmic year begins for you. A tide is rolling in your favor now-past the sorrows and joys you have previously experienced-a tide which is as strong as the character you have carved for yourself. Ride the crest of these waters to the fullest possible extent. You will have power and the charisma to profoundly effect your immediate circumstance. You have prided yourself in your round-the-clock dedication to those who earn your respect. Now your vision will be expanded, as you are shown access to roads usually outside your focus. Be generous. What you have is needed by nearly everyone-the more you give the better this time will be. January signals the ready-or-not-here-comes-the-future flight of time. Bury the past in dark December-you're a year wiser now with a whole green spring to spend on your life.

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Look for a hopeful, positive period in your life. Things may be like a circus at times and the currents of enthusiasm may well up all around you tempting you to get lost in the sea of material considerations. Fortunately, your clear vision will prevent a lessening of your all-important determination. You'll naturally turn away from the success and social gratification which might once have fascinated you. Time has changed you for the better.

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You will now experience the benefits which have grown from your self-sufficiency. You were made for these days-your perception is deep and your intuition is true. Far below you, the world spins on with its complex patterns of life and death. Draw in the cold, clear air from a lofty height. Savor a new beginning-a fresh start-a January.

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The attitude you have waited for has come at last. In fact, the current disposition of your mind is more balanced and positive than you could have hoped. Frustration may result from the lack of a specific goal, but energies can be constructively channeled into looking after yourself and your life. When and if you really need a more obvious direction, one will emerge and reaffirm your good karma. Remember to take others as seriously as you take yourself-be sensitive and responsible.

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Your intuition about people runs a strong current for you now. Show some "heart" (warmth, generosity, courage) in your dealing with others and you will have people who are "jewels" revealed to you. This is a good time to be worldly-wise and philosophically sophisticated. You would have to almost work overtime to destroy this natural, positive "approach" to the world.

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You have good people around you. They are deep-they teach you of life, as you nourish them in return. Power is sparking everywhere now-the currents are flowing. Remember this time-you have found, in January, a true beginning. "Something changed." This book of changes has no hexagram more earthy and melancholy, yet so deeply in love with life. Be alone in your self and at one with the world.

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Everything you do is right; if you want it that way. Somehow, though you see right through the world's games, the world can't see into you. Right now that is just as well. There is a world inside you to live in and a world outside you to live in. Keep them separate and excellent. You have no secrets-but you are aware of yourself and some things are better kept inside.


HEXAGRAM #20 - "LOOKING DOWN"

FISH IN BLACK WATER

In the rain
In a dark pool
I saw the future hiding,
Darting and
Drifting silently out of sight.
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Overview

This is a time when feelings and intellect can work together. Let your mind be free to explore all your thoughts and the meaning behind worldly events. Already you sense the power which the mind possesses, and you feed your own growth through watching the natural world happen.

If you have a problem or question, you have fallen on good fortune. Simply considering your situation will reveal more than your share of truth. Your life is in a deep in-between stage and the stillness between the past and future allows you a time of inner and outer clarity.

Other people need your strength now and will be watching closely as you keep your word among men as well as your own bargain with life. This time of depth travels beyond a passing worry to the realm of deeper and higher values. You long to delve into the mystery of things and people, and you get the answers you seek. Not only do you strengthen your own character, but you positively effect those around you by being your best self.

Develop your spiritual side since it is an inextinguishable source of strength for you. Ask for the higher inspiration you need to solve all your complexities and answer people with meaningful thoughts and feelings. Luck comes with self-confidence.

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It is clear that you may be experiencing confusion. This is happening because you aren't looking between the lines or at the wider picture. Don't kid yourself. Fantasy won't help you now. In your heart you probably feel what your mind must learn-that life is larger than the cares in which you absorb yourself. Don't waste your energy on pointless talk; open your mind to all of life.

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You are only as wise as you make yourself. If you are satisfied with limitation and routine, then you have no need to open your mind. If you desire more freedom, look at the motivations behind the actions of people and the underlying principles of nature. Women-be tireless in your observation of situations. Keep all your energy riveted to a single situation.

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This is the best time possible to think about your own life. Gone are the times when you evaluate everyone else and ponder their motives. It is on you to determine the end results your actions produce. All you have ever done has truth about your life, which at this time is accessible to you. You also benefit from inner vision about your future and important decisions are clear as they come up from within. Judge yourself without prejudice. Think about it.

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You need to find the right person to appreciate your insights and observations. Take some extra time to see if your positive first impressions were correct. In this way you won't waste your knowledge and feelings on someone who won't understand what you have to offer. Your intuition and special abilities are at their quiet peak and you must direct them carefully.

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Keep your sense of perspective as you contemplate your life. What effect are you having on others? They need you to help and contribute with your originality. There are some things you must do as only you can do them. If this over-involves you in the lives of others, be patient and try to find what you need to do. Use all thoughts and energies to get and keep your life moving on a helpful and improving track.

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Rare clarity comes now as you think deeply about your life. Beware of dangerous illusions and prejudices which could lead you onto an unproductive path. If you have a decision to make, step back and look at the whole flow of your life. A clear view of the past and mental picture of the future will suggest the best course for you to follow. Life is so much larger than the day-to-day ups and downs of a single life. Keep a good attitude for extra help.


HEXAGRAM #21 - "BITING THROUGH"

COME CLOSER

"Come closer."  I said to the assassin.
"Let me tell you my secret fears.
We'll draw a red circle around my heart."
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Overview

An aura of deception surrounds you now. This could be in the form of a liar who is consciously attempting to slander you, or the deception could appear in a more subtle form such as self-deception. If you are tricking yourself or letting yourself be confused, you will need hard work to extricate yourself from problems. The basic difficulty is that lies and half truths will seem truer than reality, and you could find yourself in a serious position of disadvantage.

The mouth is extremely important to the inner meaning of this hexagram. Be careful what you put in and send out of it. If you are fortunate enough to find out where the dishonesty lies, attack the stronghold vigorously. If you are being wronged, work diligently to right yourself, and if you are deceiving yourself, don't hesitate to own up to your shortcomings. Expect difficult beginnings which eventually clear up for you.

There are mentions of legality here which seem to suggest that if you go to court, you will succeed in winning your case, if you are in the right.

Control your temper and develop balance in all things. When you defend yourself, don't be spiteful or vengeful. Be clear and fair while using your strength in a modest way.

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The full negative power of your situation is not yet in effect. You have been off course slightly and have suffered some disquiet, but you aren't so far gone that you can't pull yourself out with some true humility. You preach humility; now look at yourself and live it! While you can channel some good your way, you remember that part of your strength was tested recently as you gad to stand up for yourself against unfair pressure from an outside source, possibly a friend or someone close to you.

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You may go too far in protecting yourself now. You are mistrustful and put up strong defense mechanisms which are a bit overpowering. In a way you are lucky because, though your highest perception is absent, your good fortune allows you to make your strong and clumsy stand at just the right place and time.

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A flare-up of bad luck burns on your doorstep. You are caught in a confrontation which you would rather have avoided. The past haunts you, again, and troubles your present. The storm will shock and subdue you, but it will pass quickly and leave you startled but none the worse for wear. Don't tolerate your uncultivated side; there is no future in bad temper or bad humor.

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You've got to show your strength. In trying to get things in order, you have been misunderstood and mistrusted. No one sees the future and the true demands of building that future like you. They aren't looking deep enough to see. You hold the key to the situation and everybody knows it. Troubles will delay you, but you won't go under in the currents. You'll get through.

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You are a gentle person who dislikes coercion and confrontation. Knowing your own heart, you often let manipulative or destructive people do their worst and pass out of your life. This will be a time when you will have to make a stand for your inner beliefs. You are no hero, but if you let bad values steamroll you now, a great deal will be lost. Your stand won't win you praise-probably more disapproval will be heaped on you, but you must rise up and cast the negatives (even if they are people) out of your life.

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Look inside yourself for the source of troubles. No proud willfulness and arrogance can help you now. You have lost the sensitivity of your days and true life is passing you by. Others try to reason with you, but for some reason you won't hear. The greatest fight has come at last and your enemy is no one but yourself. Stop speaking and listen to everything around you. Usually you are quite accurate in your analysis of events, but now a fog has settled over your vision and small, everyday tasks must be your beginning point.


HEXAGRAM #22 - "GRACE"

CHINESE ACCORDIAN

I tried so hard to please you.
I might as well have been
Playing a Chinese Accordion. 
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Overview

There is magic around you now in some ways. At times life is harmonious and musical, and pleasant expectation occupies your mind. Positive intuition speaks to you of change and variety.

A problem accompanies this. While you are very in touch with yourself and your own forms of expression, others might not be totally in tune with you. In fact, they may be looking at you as something you are not.

It is probably better for you to regard any relaxation or lessening of pressure as a refreshing oasis, all the more satisfying because of the beauty of its brief duration.

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There is a hint of dishonesty in this line. You might have to turn your back on someone offering an easy way at this time. You realize you must be your easygoing and nonjudgmental self in order to achieve the grace you desire.

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Watch your ego. You might be willing to sacrifice your principles for approval. The ironic part is that the more self-conscious you are, the less you will accomplish. Be true to yourself. Resist temptation and vanity. You may need to conform.

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You are in a good situation. Things come to you. Fortune is generous and you indulge yourself with pleasure. Don't lose sight of your values and ideals. The danger is being intoxicated with your own life and oblivious to the world. Keep on to the end, and no one will get in your way.

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Right now you are basking in the power and influence of this hexagram. The time is so strong that you may even feel a little lost in a superficial tangle of social responsibilities. You've got to get away, employ a simpler outlook, and set free some of your more meaningful thoughts and feelings. Beware of misunderstanding someone's motives.

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A serious mood could lead you to destructive self-criticism. You might even look foolish to someone or yourself.

Because your inner world is clear and sincere, self-doubts disappear and fortune smiles with the joining of some people who have an intuitive understanding of each other. Refine your outer appearance as you leave nothing to chance.

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Things are together. Temporary, positive phenomena are occurring all around your life. You are balanced between philosophy and action. You are simple, naturally, in your heart and at one with the happiness of life.


HEXAGRAM #23 - "LOSS OF BALANCE"

A SPIRIT IS TRAPPED IN THIS ANIMAL

A spirit is trapped in this animal.
Bending to drink, I forget not follow
The water on its way.
Stopping to think, I remember
Restless hunger pangs.
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Overview

A hard time is indicated by this hexagram. Your world closes around you and events tax you to your limits. One after another, complications obstruct your path: too many people, responsibilities, pressures, and distractions.

You need to withdraw and get away. Even if it is within your mind. The trouble outside you isn't as aggravating as it seems-you are irritable. Stress and anxiety may have sapped your emotional strength and recuperation is necessary. Fuel your own regeneration by cultivating a more disciplined acceptance of life.

You can't be hurt now. Even if the world comes down, you will stand. The nights are quiet and the days, too. It's as if the world and its confusion are a room away. You may hear the clattering of dishes and the paroxysms of laughter, but your fate now is to be alone. Keep a minimalist approach. Strategically, it would be wise to operate with a simple mantra. Take three bits of advice and let them govern your every action. Govern is the world. There will be a conscious exertion of the will now. Things may not come easily and in the best possible sense, ignorance will be bliss. Let the world collapse. This is what a world does-rises, falls. You are not a world. You are liquid, sliding between worlds. If you are true, you are safe in "Collapse."

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This line is not a good omen. Trouble swirls about you like a storm and everything you do seems to go wrong. People may talk behind your back because of your decisions, but that is unavoidable. You are under an avalanche of just plain bad luck and if you temporarily run for cover, time will pass, taking this current storm away from you. Think about your faith.

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Trouble at home. The discord in your life has caused you to be difficult to the people you need most. You must work overtime to show them love because, although they love you, they cannot understand some of the negative changes you go through and consequently, you might find yourself without their support at a critical time.

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Even though you are in a complicated situation filled with conflict, you have some positives going for you. There is someone you can turn to; this someone can and will help you to the relative freedom you so desperately need. Your intuition and will are joined now and you must trust them and believe in your ability to get through difficult situations not just surviving, but growing as well.

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Bad luck and bad feelings in control. Things haven't gone as you'd like them to and you are knocked around by the winds of fortune. The difficulty of Hexagram #23 reaches its height here and the only thing to do is work on your heart. No circumstances can control your mind. If you look deep in yourself, you will see the truth.

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A loophole is found in the dark times. A stroke of luck comes to you at a moment of need and you see an opening to escape. Take advantage of opportunities even if a nagging voice doubts. You will find that you will be more satisfied later if you put some distance between you and the dangers you have been in.

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This is the future line. All you have gone through has now become the past. All your actions and thoughts will produce your fate. If you have treated people from your heart, you will harvest good times. On the other hand, if you have compromised with the dark side, you will have even harder times coming. Either way, let the past be past; no good can come from clinging to it.


HEXAGRAM #24 - "RETURN"

I WAS A WOLF

I was a wolf
Prowling and starving
For your love.
I was dangerous and cold.
I was.
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Overview

Something has turned with the season. It's not that you have been stagnating, but you have been in an extended period or withdraw and consolidation. Perhaps when you began your last phase, you needed to pull back from a world which presented too many conflicts. Since that time you have gone a solitary path and learned life-changing lessons about yourself and the world from which you exiled yourself.

Lately you have been extraordinarily aware of the cycles of karma as you perceive them. You see that people can only free themselves as they successfully reconcile unfinished business on the material plane. Often this unfinished business comes from past lives-please investigate your own psychic history. Right now you could learn a great deal about your general direction in this life, and many times the cycles in an individual life are complex and turn strange patterns as karma is worked out. You are acutely aware of this now from the simplest levels to the most abstract. The beauty of this understanding is that it is natural. You have observed the changing with the seasons, seen the gold and red leaves fall and new buds break with the spring. You have seen the dead laid to rest and the hope in new children. Most importantly, you have been open to the lessons of your own life and its returnings.

You are a gentle person and now this will help you as you must completely control your desires and the illusions they create. Your withdraw has given way to change-don't try to force analysis. Your truest talent, your ability to interpret events, will flower at the best possible moment. That is not now, however. Now enjoy the smell of spring on a winter night somewhere.

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You must be your own guide and guardian through the thick forest of material world confusion. There will be temptations to compare yourself with others and long for more status, money, security, etc. those phantoms will haunt you for a short time until you realize that you have fought this fight before. You will realize that your path must be an individual one-as free as possible of empty desires and goals. Be humble now and wait for the whisper of fortune to be heard and you will hear it.

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You have character. In this intense time when heavy vibrations seem to fill the air, you see other people's needs and work unselfishly to help. You may have your own special needs fulfilled now as a by-product of your care and support for others. Everything you have become is highlighted now as you remember the long, painful road you have wandered. You have become someone special.

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Sometimes you have trouble controlling yourself. You seem to get into the same kinds of situations which test you and make you rise above them. After you have discovered your mistakes, you dramatically reverse your direction. This makes you feel good about yourself, and it should, for if you couldn't come back from adversity, you'd be in real trouble. However, the energy you spend compensating for your weakness might be better spent on consistency. You will be alright, but trouble will collect around you for sure.

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This is a good time to be your own best friend. You may find other people unaware of your needs and the changes you are going through. You are lucky because you are no stranger to being alone and self-sufficient. Cultivate your total personality, especially the good parts which have been asleep for a time. The seeds of future success are beginning to grow in the fertile ground of this time.

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Some people believe strength lies in stubbornly clinging to a path, even if it is obviously the wrong one. They set themselves up in such a stone fortress of insecurity that they can never admit to mistakes. An admission of a mistake would make their whole life a lie. Fortunately for you, you have chosen a path which depends on facing your faults. You don't hide from your insecurities because you realize there is no future in hiding. You know that you can't fool yourself. This is your greatest strength, and you will show it now as you freely apologize to people you wronged. Even small acts of self-knowledge and self-discipline will count for much now.

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You are in for some hard times now. The ghosts of your mistaken actions now come to haunt your life. Will you even recognize that you have brought trouble upon yourself? How many lessons in life will you need before you face the fact that you can control your own fate? The world isn't out to get you, and you must begin to rehabilitate your outlook and values immediately.


HEXAGRAM #25 - THE SIMPLE

NUCLEAR WINTER

A premature ice age
Is nature's way
Of cooling us down.
This time we'll survive
By feeding on our intentions.
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Overview

This is not a good time to trust absolutely to your intuition. Rather, look around and see how the world is responding to your actions. If you are free of ulterior motives and the desire to manipulate others, then you will probably be looked up to by others for your spontaneous and original way of dealing with situations. They will see you as a sincere leader free of the hang-ups that dominate most people. In this case you have no choice but to live by the promptings of your inner voice.

On the other hand, if you have gotten off the track and don't know it, you could be fooling yourself about your own motives and intentions. This should show itself in the world around you. You might think you are doing the right thing, but see others dissatisfied with you. The situation might even be physical. You could get sick or injured through no apparent fault of your own. That is why this hexagram suggests inaction-don't risk letting your ego pass itself off as your intuition and lead you into danger.

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This is a strong line. Your intuition and inner integrity are very strong. If you follow the direction of your thoughts, you will find people amazed by your fresh outlook and the strength of your will can bring you what you want.

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You are advised to live openly and honestly for the moment. This is not time for plans and strategies; simply concentrate on the tasks at hand. Your freedom depends on the faith that situations will resolve in your favor when they are ready.

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Things may not be going well. You may lose something or even have it taken from you. Bad luck has befallen you and people may talk about you or falsely accuse you, particularly if you have gained something at the expense of someone else. Regardless of circumstances, don't dwell on your misfortune; that will only intensify the negative.

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Outside pressures are weighing on you. You may be expected to act in a way which does not suit your character, but you have the power to remain yourself. You realize this pressure on you is strong, but will pass as you out-wait it. Your sense of who you are will guide you now.

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This is a line of health-physically or emotionally. Bad luck may have befallen you by illness or accident. Don't struggle to correct a situation outside your power. Times will change and as they change you will experience the opposite of the negatives you feel now. There is no medicine for what you have, and acceptance of the situation is your best means of graceful recovery.

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Your best efforts are going unappreciated. Perhaps this is because you are out of touch with yourself. Take a simple look at how the people around you are responding to you. If it seems that they don't understand you, it probably means you have to have a talk with yourself. Stop acting out of habit. Look to see your needs and the needs of others.


HEXAGRAM #26 - THE TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT

BORED WITH BEING EMPEROR

Every day he spent distracted
On his throne,
Another jewel fell from his crown.
Seers in the far provinces 
Believed they could read his will.
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Overview

"You da man!" is an expression of exclamatory enthusiasm which is usually associated with athletic achievement. Someone in the crowd will yell this as the top athletes perform. In #26 you have ascended to the plateau of "top dog." You are first among equals, and the person to whom others turn for many reasons. Some people may venerate you for individual talents, but all-in-all, you embody a "total package" of attributes. Obviously, this is an enviable position in many ways, and you are no stranger to the spotlight and pressure performance.

Two considerations: The unflagging pressure can have a deadening, numbing effect on your inspiration, turning you into a kind of "show pony" who does great tricks on command for the sake of applause. Since you are in a class by yourself, there may be few challenges to spur you onto a greater evolution and transformation. You must go to the mystical sources of your talents and become one with the heart center inside you. Let the inner voice direct your development.

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Obstacles block your path. Wait for the power inside you to find the right outlet. Drop back, look at your world intensely, and store up energy for a later and better time to act.

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You are being forced to hold back and it is not your fault. There are times you can't do anything; they come for a reason. This may be a way nature gets you to look at your life and store up your personal reservoir of energy for a future time when a way is made clear to you.

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Things are moving. Friends have appeared or are about to. Travel determinedly onward toward them, if you are going in the same direction. Watch out. Use your power not to make any mistakes. Listen to your intuition; it will guide you now.

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Tables are turning in your direction. Use your power to brush aside obstacles. You may be able to foretell the outcome of situations. Use the minimum action to make the greatest effect, as your inner world is stronger than your outer world. However, if you aren't ready-don't do it, wait until happiness is apparent.

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The time of difficulty is passing. Be confident that your modesty and gentle generosity can put past difficulties to rest. Situations may even be better now than before your troubles occurred. However, you must be alert and conscientious about keeping on the right path; temptations may appear. Choose high quality people to help you through.

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Things are very favorable to you at this time. You maintain a positive frame of mind which you pass on to the people around you. They listen to you because you are sincere and gentle, even when you speak of serious matters. Progress is possible as you let out stored energies which now find a way to work.


HEXAGRAM #27- NOURISHMENT

YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU DO NOT EAT

I refused gossip,
Fasted from lies
And thirsted for another way.
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You should be choosing your words carefully at this time. Even though your mind is teeming with ideas and your heart is seeking to be understood, you must control what you let out. The times are not right for you to be understood. Fight with yourself to remain silent because the same intensity which drives you to release your true opinions, will backfire on you, should you let them out. Keep your deepest feelings known to yourself alone; this is not dishonest or secretive, but merely sensible in the face of prevailing conditions. Regard yourself as a gardener who nourishes his plants with care and careful control. Tell people what your intuition says will help them grow. Cultivate character by tactful compliments and criticism. Usually people need something specific from their interactions. Try to ascertain what this need is and how you can meet it. Look closely at other people to see what they are doing with themselves. What are they trying to be and what do they spend their time thinking about?

Are your findings about others compatible with your inner nature? This is a fairly difficult time for light and frivolous friendships, but what you learn today will nourish you tomorrow.

On the physical side, this is a good time to limit intake of food and drink. Look at your food. Is it really nourishing your body or is it satisfying the physical hunger? Assess your eating habits and make some attempt to get them in line. Naturally the changes in food consumption could help you lose some weight if you need to, or just increase your general health.

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Beware of senseless greed. Certainly everyone goes through periods where they desire more, but be serious with yourself. There is a good chance that you have the blind "wants." You may even be resentful of others you should be sorry for. They are greedier than you, and, what's more, they will recognize your greed and you will be unmasked in all your foolishness. Realize that no good can come from all this public "hunger." If you truly need something, go inside yourself to your source and balance your forces. This is more effective route to your solutions.

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You are an unusual person whose life is a puzzlement mostly to yourself. People help you at every turn and this appears beneficial on the outside. Think as to whether you have withdrawn from the world in some way in order to feed your hunger for eccentricity. Don't fall for the lure of luck-it will be sweet and bitter, and understanding will aid you more than emotion or reaction. Don't let what is given take away your ability to uplift yourself. No one can do it for you now except yourself. Pull your physical and spiritual selves together from the inside and get on with your life.

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You are not tending properly to your own nourishment-whether it be physical or spiritual. You have got an idea which is depriving you of the growth you desperately need. The world and its illusory tricks has temporarily taken over your direction and a long cycle of repercussions is inevitable. Whatever teaches and advises you must be examined carefully because everything in this world is of this world and cannot absolutely guide your thinking-look carefully; you will regret errors you are making at this time.

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Fortune is smiling upon your desires. A dark tide sweeps you upward into the light of friendship, appreciation and reward. People come toward you drawn by your inner magnetism; they want to assist you and merge with you fused by the mutual "hunger" for more out of life. Everything is working for your benefit because you are not seeking to hoard or selfishly devour. Your need to give is the most intense light burning for you now.

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You big ideas and self-absorption aren't helping you now. You vision is clear and you see the duties and dreams toward which you should be applying your energy. The well is dry, however, and you can't fulfill your needs alone. Push pride aside and let an unlikely figure in your circle of circumstances come to your aid. From this humble fusion with another soul you learn the wordless lesson of sharing. The mixed blessings of self-awareness and personal dedication fall into perspective as passionate extremism gives way to functional normalcy. Deflate your ego and listen to enlightened advice.

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Power to help and willingness to give motivate your actions in this strange time. Though good fortune shines upon you at every turn, there is a lurking feeling of something not quite right. At times blessings seem to come to you from nowhere or from down ancient karmic roads. Sacrifice your energy for the good of others as you pave the way of the present and the future. Humility is telling you to be ever-mindful to the dramatic changes possible with fate.


HEXAGRAM #28- TRUE FREEDOM

DON'T BREAK A BROKEN HEART

Exactly when was it, what day, what year
When I stopped being who I was
And became who I am?
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You are deep in your own Tao in this time. Old ways will be shed naturally as the seasons, and new dreams will materialize in quiet moments. Now all you imagined you could be is close around you. Take time to sit down by yourself and feel the powerful currents from which you draw your power. You cannot continue in the light-hearted social vein you have been enjoying. Naturally, people will drift along their own paths away from you, and you'll find new and important directions occurring to you.

Your freedom is complete. Secrets and visions will inspire your fantasies. Like the dark green shadows of a tall forest, you will feel the silences and spaces in life. Old, worn paths of guilt and illusion will seem vivid, but distant, and only the most perceptive of your friends will sense the gifts you are accumulating quickly inside. Until you get the feel of this time, you may be awed by the weight and vastness of all you have seen and felt. Be confident-you are of the earth-as free as the day the world began and as open-hearted.

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Go out of your way to be imaginative. Sympathy and gentleness will flow. Do the little things that show the world you are for real. "Do it up!" that is-go beyond your normal paths of action and reaction. Reach for the higher, the better, the "cooler." What romance is to life, you are to this line.

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Just when you thought you'd seen it all-you're alive again. Old feelings have been awakened and the pathways look similar-part of a wizard's wisdom comes from his deep knowledge that all paths are the same. There is a fresh wind blowing-you have foreseen it in your imagination already. Perhaps your greatest strength has been your deeply intuitive nature and how you pride yourself in finding a creative solution. It's time for creativity now.

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Seriously now, isn't it time to calm down and get some things together. We all tend to get lost in the current and that's natural, but, going too far in this case would create problems. Be careful of the "Fall of Rome Syndrome"-that is, don't let everything waste away on the grand scale until it inevitably destroys itself. Back off, strip down and get a little more intense.

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This line is the equivalent of the magician in the Tarot. You have all kinds of power in people's lives because you gain intimacy in their hearts. Even the cynical trust you. Temptations come and go like spirits in the night, temporarily exposing your dark soul. You have got character. You use your influence to better people's lives. Your power is healing as the wind after rain.

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You have the freedom to waste your time. Careful not to chase those old phantoms too hard. If you doubt your situation, look deeper to see what is really going on. If you want to feel alive, you won't get that by following a prescribed list, as always, you should realize now that inspiration and regeneration come by mysterious paths. Keep cool and get yourself under a little more control.

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Sometimes you jealously guard whatever security you think you have. Lately, however, you have been taking some risks-emotional, physical, psychic and are discovering profound lessons at every turn. Life is a fast moving river into which you will fall while navigating sometimes. You've needed to lose yourself a little-and you have. Where are you now?


HEXAGRAM #29 - THE DEEP

WATERFALL OF PAIN

Looking into the falls
You see dark spaces.  Looking out
You see the falling sun.
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This is a very important time for you. Without strong guiding values you will be like a wanderer lost in a dangerous wood at the mercy of one dangerous situation after another. Fears and ghostly shadows of the past may haunt you, or new temptations will materialize to test your weakest moments. Death itself may cross your path, forcing swift and certain adjustments. You must know yourself now and follow the source of inspiration on your chosen path. A time of testing has come and will bring you complicated problems and possibilities for growth.

You are a teacher. Not simply a person who disseminates information, but an example of the philosophy by which you live. You stand to be revealed at this time for your true character. People will be closely scrutinizing your words and deeds, and will hold you accountable for yourself-however, where you are true and wise, you will have a lasting impact on those who seek your counsel.

This would be a good time to realize that every occurrence in your life has karmic implications. That is, don't fixate on any situation. Look hard to see what is really happening. Why has it come about? What does it teach you about life? And, most important-what is the very best way to handle it? Use your deepest powers of intuition and reason, and don't miss anything. It goes without saying that, at this time, anything to cloud the spirit would work negative magic-alcohol, drugs, obsessive sexuality, jealousy, any over involvement in the material world's desires and distractions could lead to serious mistakes. Watch each step.

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The material plane is a hard ride. Life, death, suffering-it seems so all-encompassing that we forget about it. We live with the pain, as if what we do doesn't matter. This is the line of drugs and alcohol as substitute for understanding and action. You are lost-no one likes to hear that-but it can happen to anyone. Don't be afraid to turn your back on doomed, self-created illusions. Get to know yourself-surprise yourself with a creative reaction to life. Therapy, philosophy, religion, education, work, people-find something in life and devote yourself to it.

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This line forecasts a true testing of your inner resources. The heaviness of life looms all around you, and, since you are a person who likes to work actively to straighten things out, you are tempted in many different directions. However, if you are hearing the message of your inner voice, you know that you must not directly act. You must wait for exactly the right moment to achieve progress. Like a drowning man beating the water to stay alive, but instead tiring and weakening himself, you must not move from your stillness too soon and waste your energy. Concentrate on each moment to see when your chance for meaningful action will come. And it will come.

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An unexpected friend will appear. This appearance will be odd since this person will not be the person to whom you are usually drawn. You are normally revered and encouraged for your brilliance, but now you will be a king in exile, wrapped in shredded robes from the storms of fate. You will be shown real humanity in its simplest form to reflect your own simplicity. Don't live by old expectations. Get down to it. Take a breath in a long, dark night. Be thankful.

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Here your leadership characteristics will draw you deeper into danger if you become headstrong. Seriously, don't you have enough to worry about right now? You've got to realize that the period of testing you are in demands that you don't bolt like a wild horse in a lightning storm. Ambition is illusion. If you prepare yourself with pride and dedication, you will be ready when appropriate opportunities come. However, if you let yourself be lured by self-projected desires, watch out!

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This is a hard line. It says that somewhere in your struggle you took the wrong path and now must live out the difficult consequences. Don't be surprised if you feel depressed, or even hopeless at times. You will be embroiled in problems for a while now, but there is cause for hope. Everyone can make mistakes, or take wrong turns in life. It is how we handle them that counts. Now, go into battle against despair. Get your head together; fearlessly fight to set yourself free.


HEXAGRAM #30 - FLAMING BEAUTY

THE FIRE NEVER KNOWS ITSELF

Flames danced and leaped
Into cold, empty air
Away from the dying wood
Which gave them birth.
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In many ways you are an exciting person with considerable talents and attractive qualities. This is a good time to command the spotlight with ease and nonchalance-you will accomplish much, but don't get lost up in the ego of it all. Realize you can be only as successful as your opportunities allow. Also, you are not an island to yourself and any brilliance you achieve will be closely liked to the people with whom you relate. Recognize the sources of your inspiration and energy as part of a conscious effort to keep universal forces in balance. In fact, your whole outlook should be very "aware" of the world beyond yourself. Who is giving you the chance to shine? Where is the source of your energy? Acknowledge these helpful phenomena. Yes, you are a fine creature, beautiful and hypnotic, but you are a swift-burning flame, a bright twin to your own shadows. Now is the time to understand and realize the secrets of the universal integration of complexities, and even if the wider picture escapes you, you can contribute immensely to your own evolution by doing the "right thing" as you see it. Follow a positive and productive course with rigorous determination-this will be an appropriate show of perspective about yourself and circumstances in your life.

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Whether the beginning of a day, a relationship, a business venture, etc., any first steps must be considered seriously. Take time to still your storm-tossed internal waters and make provisions for dealing with a sometimes frustrating human race. One way to hold your ground is to decide in advance that you will strive to show an outward acceptance of people for what they are, even if they are driving you crazy inside. You will lose your favored status quickly, if you show weakness now. Keep calm and keep moving.

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Your strength is a balance. In a world of wretched and disgusting excesses you have found the middle ground. Step lightly through the minefield of life. Moderation in all your desires will produce solid gold in return right now. Inspiration, one of life's dearest magics, can get lost, but now it is yours. Particular good fortune will come to you if you are being creative, artistically or interpersonally. Hold on gently to this brief, sweet interlude.

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We die a thousand times to be born. Each day is a birth and death. Each change we go through is a kind of mortality/immortality gate. Some even say that sexual intercourse is a death and transformation. All around you, you can see the human race engaged in a desperate, grasping for "good times," which usually translates into abuse of drugs, alcohol, or social sexuality. Others become cynical and hardened to the shocks of life on the material plane. For you, neither of those paths will satisfy-you know life is what it is, and that's enough for you.

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Desire is very obsessive and seductive. You might gain something you want because of your charisma and magnetism, but the triumphant feeling will quickly fly. Observe nature. The violent storm is of relatively brief duration. Among other entities, your passionate seeking will work reverse magic, which ultimately will make you expendable to them. Your flame wants the sky, but will live longer and be more effective if you keep on a slow burn.

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I suppose the ultimate magic of life is the act of changing hard times, bad karma, or the tragedy of the human condition into something positive and hopeful. It is our greatest challenge. We water the earth with our tears and we help the future grow. This is a line of emotional climax. Things won't ever be the same after this. You will be stronger and the life-long work you have been pursuing will continue at new levels. You are special-you have feelings and logic, will-power and intuition. You touch people because life touches you. Have faith.

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You have the power of the purifying fire. Negative and draining people won't want to be around you right now-your radiating vibrations will drive them away. The best part is that you are nobody's judge and most people will find you easy to live around. Use the same even-handed temper of mind in dealing with yourself. Be ruthless in the treatment of the destructive and negative forces inside you, but be understanding and lenient with most other areas of your character. You will do what you have to do. Trust yourself.


HEXAGRAM #31 - ATTRACTION

A KISS IN THE HALL

A kiss in the hall
Changed everything.
After that she threw away
Everything she couldn't keep.
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Your situation is based on attraction between yourself and someone else. Things rush away from you. Fate has elected you to be the last stop on the psychic highway.

Everyone finds you to be just what they need. They are using you, in the best sense. Some are curious and want to see you as a kind of museum exhibit. They measure their lives in relation to what they thought you were in the past, or they might be riding the current of your generosity. It is very high energy, this exchange with the others. You are clearly a good person, even if you know your own secrets of some small lies and furtive betrayals. There is no dark side of the sun. You are unreal now. Be the caricature of yourself that everyone loves. Look for surprises of the heart and flow without action with the spring currents.

This is not a time for doubts. You will do well to expel as much selfishness as possible. The more selfless you become, the more benefit you will enjoy. This is the good fortune of attraction.

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Everything is in the thinking stage right now. Possibly you see the course of events and outcomes which might occur, but nothing is spoken to the world. Events go on, as they will, and you wait to effect their flow. Your strength at this time is your low visibility. Use the distance from the world to strengthen you inner resolve and to clarify your plans.

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The water is seeking its own level. All around you, things are happening, even if you aren't making them happen. The others will be deep in their Tao at his time. It is likely that you have an illusionary persona for the others. They are not really in touch with who you really are. They have a mental image of you, possibly from a previous era in your relationship, and they are organizing their actions around that. No matter, it has nothing to do with you. Try not to attach to anything right now. It will be easy. What are you all about? What do you need to do? Mind your own business in the truest sense of the world. If possible, regard the comings of and goings in your space with good-natured amusement. This is the way of breathing. Breathe and relax. The water is seeking its own level. Practical advice: Lay low. Avoid the world and let the game come to you. When troubles flare, respond with laid-back grace and, inside yourself, stay philosophical. There will be lessons learned in "Yin.'. Your accumulated karma will show and there could be shocks and amazement. This would be a good time to remember that all men are your teachers and that you yourself are your teacher.

Yin is weather. A kind of haze has settled over your life right now. Like a beautiful, mysterious, lazy Indian Summer day, not much is happening on the surface. Inside, life is complex. Great tectonic plates are shifting and small geysers all around belie the calm atmosphere. Dreams may be intense at this time and their themes may have familiar resonation. You are on the minds of the others right now and this psychic energy is pervasive.

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You must get control of yourself. Temptations want you to do anything and influence anyone, but this is a time for self-discipline. You purposely hold back in order to gain a more complete view of your relationships; you intelligently and generously assert yourself and you realize freedom doesn't come easy. It begins in the strength each person musters when dealing in matters of faith and patience.

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Much power is flowing through you. You are impressionable regarding worldly lessons and influential in your position with those around you. You are not going to pursue an easy path to popularity. Instead you will lie back and let subtler forces work. Now, get serious about making the attempt to understand your intuition. Let yourself be taught from inside.

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Your power is strong and you continue to hold out for the proper channel. Humility grows as you learn to listen to the message of life. There is no lesson to teach the world that you can't practice yourself. Growth will happen for you when you develop gentleness. It is the proper focus for the outlet of your strength. You can be the kind of person you want to be.

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Too much talk and not enough action is the problem. You have very strong negative feelings about hypocrites, but now you are on the verge of hypocrisy. Wrestle with weakness and don't let false ego claims get in the way of understanding. You may even trick yourself into believing you are something you aren't. Fortunately it won't get you into trouble.


HEXAGRAM #32 - THE LONG ENDURING

SHE WASN'T A TREE

A tree knows when to shed
Its red cloak
And when to love itself
Through dark winter.
She couldn't wait
For spring's gift of a green heart.
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You are life. The land, sky, the dreams and mind of man all contain something of timeless nature and are the simplest threads of this life. The days speak to you and the years are your silent teaching masters. The one great law of this material plane is restless change. As tumbles kaleidoscopically through its varied forms-change only remains-the breaking down, the building up. Expect changes, near and far-reaching. Except things to happen you never could have foreseen. You will grow in wisdom as your outdated material and spiritual skin is shed. Assistance will come if you spend some time with yourself in deep thought. Let all you have ever seen reveal the unifying mystery of life. Expect things to be trying and stressfully draining-this hexagram isn't a ticket to Nirvana. Now, more than ever, appropriate hard work is the only answer to any question you can think of. Your inner values have long been consistent-try to be strong and generous in actin and spirit. A curious path has led you to now. Study a broad spectrum of impressions and be what you will see.

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You sense strength is the key issue in what you are about to experience. You are right, however, you can be tempted into artificially rigid stance which could set you back. Be strong, but be realistic. So many times it has been suggested that the young tree can survive because of its flexibility in destructive storms; this is such a case. Remind yourself that everything takes time and more time.

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These will be more confused and scattered times. You have told your friend to be cool under the fire of life; now you must heed your own advice. Take a deep breath, calm down and take charge confidently of the passions and insecurities which dart through your conscious and subconscious. Don't let the crazies make you crazy. Take an inventory of strengths and weaknesses and logically seek to unravel your position.

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If you use psychological turmoil as an excuse to hurt yourself and others, then you are treading a path of increasing darkness. No matter what strange forces tug at your heart, you've got to remember who you are and why you came to this life. You have always felt the lack of material roots to make you emotionally secure, yet you might toss away something irreplaceable impulsively and wastefully. Don't do it. Remember who loves you.

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You need to tap the deep wells of creativity at this time. Strength and determination are totally integrated in your character, but they alone won't accomplish anything. Without imagination you have no hope of filling the perennial empty space inside. A well-worn path you have been traveling needs to be abandoned for unexplored territory.

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The two necessary parts of your nature must be carefully balanced now. Faith, coupled with responsibility, should carry you through the imminent changes around you. Feel everything and be honest with yourself about what goes on in your heart. Don't miss any detail in the "real world" because fortune and the lack of it ride on the most subtle of clues. You might have trouble thinking it all through. Look for a thread.

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Your endurance is a slow expression of powerful energy. Beware of periods when time accelerates and mistakes seem to be multiplying. Naturally, this is not a good time for rational thinking about critical decisions. You are so strong you think you can survive alone, even going on a dark path downward. How much abuse will you lay on yourself? Where is the last stand for all your heart knows is right?


HEXAGRAM #33 - MASTER OF RETREAT

GOODBYE TO HONESTY

My parents told me
To tell the truth.
When I did, they punished me.
I learned the wrong lesson well.
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It seems you are due for a stretch of difficult times. You wont necessarily be bullied or intimidated, but you will profit from retreat. You are a very strong person, and in many ways, that is what this period will bring out in you. To apply strength without discrimination can be a weakness and can topple the strongest power-now you must learn the lessons of choice and the greatest strength of all, self-control. Don't be surprised if those around you get out of hand. Possibly, even more than one person at a time will be difficult. These individuals who usually respect your ground will be so lost in their own changes that you become the target of ill feelings. Even if you know you are right (you usually think you are right anyway), hold back, withdraw and let the air clear. Any attempt at forcing the peace you need will be a pointless waste of your time and energy. This is not to say you should totally go against your own heart-the little things you do now will provide the distance and defense you need. You will be the master of retreat when you can channel your energy. Help others grow. Be consistent and loyal (in subtle ways) to the values which have brought you this far.

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Trouble is too close. You have been caught by the advancing storm. If you were being stalked by an animal, you would be safer lying absolutely still than you would in a hurried flight which could attract the predator. Now you must be a chameleon and change colors to suit your surroundings. Be a master of quiet disguise and camouflage. Still your mind from worry.

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When the struggle of life gets too close for comfort, sometimes the path to safety becomes hard to see. Like drowning people, we beat our arms and legs frantically in fear, and that fear weakens us and pulls us down. Someone to whom you have become close is heading in the direction you must go. Follow their example, seek their help tenaciously and demand the secret, which is second nature to them, but to you may mean everything. Be master of sight with another's eyes.

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Stressful times produce strange associations with people. Just when you thought you had the way cleared for your retreat, just when you had spent what seemed to be the last of your precious energy, a new problem has arisen. Someone has joined with you out of blind loyalty. You feel weighed down again, but this person can help you. The test of your character here is to reach deep into your well of character, exhausted though you may feel, and find the clean, fresh water that comes with respect and sympathy for your fellow man. Be a master of spirit lighting the path for those who need you.

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You must follow your inner voice now. The retreat you are in is natural and easy since you are relatively independent, but those who have formed neurotic attachments to you may become difficult. They attempt to make you feel guilty. Now you are the master of the fork in the road. Your way will be different from anyone else's, and invariably difficulties will be left for those who, having lost touch with themselves, depend upon you for their identity. Be calm and confident as you choose and begin to travel your path.

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You are the master of timing, and a sea of troubles will be left in your wake as you retreat. On your left and right small entanglements slow your progress away from the world, however, you are in control. Not only will you rise above trivial concerns, but you will heal many of the wounds around you with the good humor and positive attitude for which you are known. Let your good luck find you now at the right time.

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Do it your way. Retreat has become a victory since trouble has been left to trouble. You are the master of freedom, at one with all you see and all you don't see. The reward of being yourself and believing in yourself is now. Laugh at and with the world.


HEXAGRAM #34 - THE MONTH OF MARCH

DESPERATE TRICKS OF NATURE

Painted for war, 
Painted for mating, 
Shaking with desire, 
We are desperate tricks of nature.
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Overview

There is tremendous generative power in the month of March. Life's unexpected answer to the dark and death of winter lies, all potentially, gathering its energy in deep earth. Any false start can send vulnerable and premature shoots into a still-freezing world. It is the same within the lives of men. You have strength-the power to transform and evolve, but it must be released at the right time. Don't be tempted out before the signs and conditions are favorable. Your success is all but assured in spite of internal and external obstacles which subtly test you. March is a curious month-when blasts of winter hold the spark of spring hostage, yet at moments that distant scent of spring escapes recognizably in the cold night air. So it is now. Be master of yourself. Ask yourself repeatedly-What will best enhance the quality of my life? Who is in control inside me? This is an important crossroads and close examination of every detail of the time is the only way to bring about the positive conclusion you seek. The omen here is good for those who develop willpower. Without it, the misdirected strength you possess could cause upheaval and loss in your life.

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If you wrong-headedly advance into a situation for which you are not sufficiently prepared, you will only bring bad karma upon yourself. Probably, you have been tempted, as a reaction to your own fear and insecurity. It would be better to keep you accumulating energy beneath the surface now. Look to the small things, knowing that later you will be rewarded for being conservative now.

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You feel the weather beginning to clear. Unmistakable revelations reaffirm the coming of spring. Now, more than ever, maintain your integrity. Only the most undedicated spirit throws away its chance for peace. Things are flowing and you are liquid and natural as water. There is no need to force the time.

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This is a good time to relax consciously, especially in the area of desires. The need for outward approval is natural to our race, but we needn't be slaves to our psychological inadequacies. Avoid large and empty promises as they foolishly reveal weakness. Achieve strength through individuality, as you make the wise decisions based on lasting principles. This line indicates a need to be humble, as well as strong.

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You have the power of Spring inside you now. Grasses, leaves, and flowers are simple indications of the more complex power which generates them. Revel in your silence. You will become stronger as you positively influence events and draw little attention to yourself. Cultivate deep and passionate faith in yourself.

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Ease up a bit. The times have made you hard and conservative, but believe it or not, things aren't as life-and-death right now. You might examine your outward demeanor to see if you are expressing a healthy amount of warmth toward your fellow man. It won't cost you anything to exhibit some humanity. Strength has many definitions and many ways of being understood. Come out a little, if the world gives you a chance to share yourself.

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You must conquer stubbornness. Usually the stubborn person is resistant because he fears that a temporary, healthy loss of self is potentially destructive. This type of person's emotions come so chaotically that a hyper-rigid and super-defined stance is a natural response. The problem is that holding back or reaching out done out of time will produce a serious talk with yourself about how to get what you want.


HEXAGRAM #35 - ADVANCE

THE PROPHET WAS WRONG

He dressed in rags
Spoke of peace
And was murdered.
He should have worn gold
And spoke of nothing
But the gathering storm.
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Overview

In this hexagram there is progress and growth. You develop good qualities and rise like the sun for all around you to see. You realize that in the world people are sometimes suspect for their motives. Remaining free of ego and manipulative impulses will convince people that you are sincere about relationships.

You are a person with power and the humility to understate it in your actions. You may receive praise or material rewards, but they don't turn your head. Three visitors, situations, or strange occurrences may appear at this time and you are challenged to react with a positive attitude.

A partnership is seen between two people or forces which are different at the core. In fact, the person with whom you should unite might be someone you feel stronger or more capable than yourself, but this person depends on you as you depend on them. In this case opposites not only attract, but cause larger and stronger chain reactions.

You must strike a balance between positive, progressive use of your will and a laid-back demeanor, made convincing by truthfulness and sincerity. Get yourself in line and people will follow you and admire you.

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You are all set to move ahead, but there is an obstruction. Someone doesn't trust you and you must be philosophical about it. A quick negative reaction would only decrease your chances to get things under way. Be open and giving, particularly to your critics and use generosity as your watch-word until a clearer picture of how to advance appears.

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There is sorrow in this line. The obstruction preventing the forward motion with someone reaches a high point. The stand-still produces sadness in you until unexpected good fortune occurs. It is possible that this positive turn of events comes by chance, but more likely, it comes through your own passive gentleness in the situation. On the mysterious side, assistance might come to you from a female, look for it, particularly from your own family.

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Things are moving in this line in spite f difficulties. Your power is not strong enough to take on the world, but luckily, strong friends will help you hold on. Developing your balance will aid you most and help keep you free of distracting attitudes. This is a good time to think of goals and keep them in mind as you use communal determination to smooth the rough spots.

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You are in the right place at the wrong time. Consequently, you might find the pace of your life accelerated. The problem is that you are a more private and secretive person who will only fall into trouble as the world becomes more aware of your lifestyle. Don't be tempted to do wrong in a time of quick and seemingly easy gain. Watch the people around you as they watch you.

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This line contains movement and regret. Possibly your mind reviews pathways you feel you could or should have taken, but this is peripheral to the real issue which is whether or not you can develop a philosophical attitude towards the gains and losses of life. You've got to realize that things won't always work out to fit your expectations. Even so, they might be positive if you can have faith that you are moving in the right direction. You should also make sure your head isn't turned by success. Put that in perspective too and just keep moving.

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It is time to start action moving, even if your natural choice would be to wait for a better time. You may have to b a bit aggressive, but only with those closest to you; others will not understand you now and you will look bad in their eyes. Even with your own people there will be some dangers in being assertive, but getting yourself in balance will help. Don't let revenge or other misguided thoughts push you too far into the worlds of other people. Then you will have cause for regret.


HEXAGRAM #36 - DARKNESS

STEALING COOKIES

You are hiding in a temple,
Watchful wearing cool, gray shadows.
The flute player never
Knew you were there,
Listening like you were
Stealing cookies.
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Overview

It is a critical time for you right now. You have been working hard just to keep things going, but conditions seem to be clouding up. You may experience many different kinds of challenges at this time. One of these might be in controlling yourself, since as things will become more confusing for you, you will be prone to overreact. Overreaction will only hold you back. Now is when you must show the inscrutable outer self; listen to everyone, but say very little to anyone because, even if you said the right thing, chances are you won't be appreciated. You will be dealing frequently with people and situations outside your normal routine and your best chance for safety is to be good to everyone-though you shouldn't necessarily expect good in return. Fade into the shadows and let other people pass by, absorbed in their on shadow worlds. As you concentration self-development, you constructively redirect the strain of this time.

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Unrest has penetrated into the closest parts of your circle. You can't deny that something is happening, and you'll probably be surprised when you find out you're not getting any support. The more you are trying to accomplish something worthwhile, the more opposition you will experience. The key is your sense of values and your positive attitude-be fixed on inner truthfulness. Let the outside world be, and soon the storm will pass.

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You probably will be taxed to your limit by circumstance. Even when you most want to be self-indulgent, hold back. Give selflessly to others who need what only you can give-tireless support and loyalty. You are durable and dependable under pressure.

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The key is knowing how to deal with people. You need to maintain a balanced attitude toward changing situations. Be loose. Now is the time to use the cool head you'd like to think you have. Though misfortunes befall, perhaps unexpectedly, you must remain a man of vision. Usually you pride yourself in being realistic, but now your dreams will be the measure of your character.

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You get a rare chance to see life clearly now, and you've got to realize that what you see might weigh heavily on your mood. You know the bittersweet feeling of the human condition. When you get to see and feel all this, you will be changed and your new direction will begin under gray and stormy skies.

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Be relaxed when things around you start to get out of control. You have built a reputation as an unusual person. You are different, and consequently, people might give you more space at crucial times. Look for a quiet way around and away from obstacles, and hold most of what you truly believe on the inside. It will come naturally to you-like an actor.

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You outwait the storm. A difficult time has come and gone, and the shock of it all is still fresh. You have endured and retained all the scars of weathering. As always, the key is inside yourself-set this time free; make outright peace with events as they pass, and you will be in a much better position to figure out your next step.


HEXAGRAM #37 - THE FOUNDATION

WITHOUT YOUR SWIMMING POOL

Be careful now,
You might wake restless and searching
In the middle of the night,
Got to the mirror to find yourself
And be caught without your swimming pool.
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Overview

What are your vales? Have you been bought and sold by Western materialism? Do you repress your true feelings and at the same time climb greedily up the ladder of ego-gratification? Are you as good as your word, or do your words only mask your true identity. This is no time for hypocrisy. A solid life must have strong foundation composed of truth and balance-balance between forceful action and gentle intuition. All too often our lives run continuous circles of activity which leave little time for exploration of inner directions. We feel our time is productively spent because we are pursuing a material desire which attracts us. Very often these desires become obsessions, and we turn off our inner voice and manipulate the outer world to suit our supposed needs. However as the buildings grow taller and the sky grows more gray, less peace and satisfaction seem to come to the land. The foundation isn't right. This is the hexagram which speaks of human values motivated by timeless inner truth. The heart will prompt the action. The cycle of empty desires will be broken at last. Your words can be full of depth and sincerity and will enrich and inspire those close to you. Your life will be a challenge for those who feel torn between the way things seem to be and the way things could be. All things will be inclined to find their right places.

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There is no way around it-you must be true to yourself. Anything you want to get out of life will come from the day-in-day-out dedication you demonstrate. It isn't always easy to hold to your path, but, in the long run, your postponement of gratification will get you what you want. Others will know you, if you know yourself.

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Perhaps you feel desensitized to your daily life and see your chosen path and its responsibilities as dull and limiting. You might be caught temporarily by the lure of worldly fascination. Get right with yourself and realize that everyone has temptations, but only the strong and true can rise above mediocrity and hypocrisy. You are powerful on your own ground. What would you giveaway which you love?

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You are a peaceful person and prone to keep negative feelings submerged in the name of peace. It isn't always the right way. Your life has demonstrated that on many occasions, particularly when, within your closest circle and in your societal world, everything seems to have blown-up simultaneously. Keeping to your path begins with those closest to you. Let some things out and don't be afraid to go through some rough times for the sake of clearing the air. Stand up for what you know is right.

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At this point your material foundation is strong. Your intuition tells you what you need, and your will power gets it in order. Others move uncertainly through a troubled world, but you are in an oasis. You openly give your love to the people. In turn, you are enriched by the positive attitude which others reflect.

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You have the foundation of the heart. People see you as strong and you radiate peace and love to those open to your magic. Let yourself grow now-stretch to your limits, and what you feel possible will come about. Confidence crowns all your efforts and you are appreciated.

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You have character. It comes from your willingness to face yourself. In facing yourself, you have an easier time facing the world. You admit when you are wrong in order to grow and change for the better; this is so uncommon that other people are often amazed and inspired by your conduct. You are an alchemist changing the dark times you have endured into the gold of sincerity and truth.

HEXAGRAM #38 - OPPOSITES

YOU'VE GOT THE STAR MAP

You've got the star map
Given by the constellations
Which speak to you at night.
I've got the library window
To look out
And a candle flame to keep me warm.
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Overview

A situation confronts you which is extremely disturbing at first sight. Very probably it comes disguised as a people-problem. Some challenge to your whole nature has arisen, and you are under suspicion because of your very nature. Not being used to this state affairs, since you are usually respected and honored for your efforts and opinions, you react in an extreme fashion to this upsetting of your equilibrium. You might want to rant and rave at the outward object of obstruction, or debate or explain in order to generate some kind of defense for yourself.

You must tone yourself down a bit. Get out your frustrations and sleep on the matter. If you find yourself lapsing into self-righteous indignation, you are headed in the wrong direction. Don't perpetuate the argument or return the imagined insult. Don't mail the nasty letter or jump to the hasty conclusion. The problem begins and ends with yourself.

If your responses to the situation seem aggressive and belligerent, you must cultivate detachment from the situation. You can't be everywhere and everything for all people. Let's face it-you are a strong person known for your particular world-view. At times others may make assumptions about you, not necessarily fair or positive, on the basis of what they understand to be your nature. Misunderstandings happen in the world; even about someone with your generous character. Let it pass. Walk away from the turmoil with detached calm. Probably you will experience natural peace after the initial storm of static. Go with it.

Above all, when dealing with opposites, cooperation is the key concept. You have much to learn and many possibilities yet to explore which pertain to this situation. Don't sever yourself from your Tao. Go beyond your limitations, as you stop worrying about others'. If you could accept people for what they are, you would open more doors for your own understanding. Wait actively and patiently for this time of testing to unravel itself.

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This is a line of freedom. You understand the necessity for people to be individuals in their dealings with you. This might lead them on a path which is apparently opposite from yours, may tempt your "ordinary mind" to insecurity and jealous thoughts. You will resist negative feelings and reaffirm your belief in the freedom which has carried you far. You realize that people will do what they want, that you cannot compel someone very long to comply with your desires and that often a peaceful acceptance of time and events can build positive karma.

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People become set in their ways. This leads to opposition as an obstruction blocking the normal exchange of ideas and feelings. Since each person has his role to fulfill, nothing is accomplished. Realizing this situation, you calmly go your own way, seeking your life in its normal places. During your usual rounds you meet with a person who is estranged from you, and the spontaneous nature of the contact relaxes tensions and serves as a focal point for personal and interpersonal enlightenment. Be disarmingly sincere and the true self for which you would like to be known. Help another break through pretensions.

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Static and hassles go out of control all around you. An uprising of bad karma invades your life from without from unexpected sources. Possibly something sincere you have done has been misinterpreted, and you have achieved the opposite result you would have desired. Your opposite is refusing to cooperate with you. This shows you how fragile your relationship is since it can be shaken so severely by suspicion and doubt. This is not really your problem, however, and you must let the situation pass. The pressure on your opposite will decrease, and he will begin to treat you well again. In fact, don't be surprised if the very person who is now so difficult goes out of his for you at a later date. That will be the good fortune of keeping to your path.

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You have a great many acquaintances, but few people, if any, know the real secrets of your heart. You don't naturally unite on a deep level with most people because you feel your basic perception of life is different from theirs. You feel others are "owned by the world," meaning they have completely adopted the social values of the culture. You have found that many people don't really care what is inside a person. You go your own way and keep things to yourself. This gives a sense of freedom, but also loneliness. Now you meet someone who is like you, who seems to feel similarly about the world. This person helps you unearth and express long pent-up feelings which teach you important things about yourself.

Line 5

You aren't an easy person to know. Hard times and changing fortunes of life have made you distant and hard to get close to at times. Your warm heart is disguised in an outer cloak of steel and ice and you turn people away with the very cool, self-sufficiency which has guided you through heavy changes. In this case you must be more human and realize there is someone who has really shown himself to you, but you've been too busy being detached from life to fully notice and appreciate. You will realize this person has the same type of persevering spirit and loyalty you value so highly. Don't let past pain cloud the days ahead of you. Let yourself be touched and you will be pleasantly surprised.

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You will have to see through many veils now. There is a veil over your own mind which causes you to overreact defensively to many situations. In this case, you miscalculated the character of someone you will later find is a close companion to you. Oddly enough, that you will make this mistake is a positive sign that you are moving in your Tao. Now is a very good time to adhere to your source of inspiration. Prayers and psychic insight will help decipher the confusing events of the days ahead. You achieve union with yourself now, and that influences all your other relationships.


HEXAGRAM #39 - SEEING TROUBLE

NEW FACE

I am the new face
With the old problem-
Can't live with myself
And can't live without.
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Overview

Even though there is a problem you are encountering in your life at this time, the outward obstruction is less destructive to you than the negative quality of your inner thoughts. When your life is flowing smoothly, you take command and have a philosophy or attitude which brings out the best in you. However, the problem you now face is different and your old, fixed ideas aren't working. This would be a good time to gain counsel from a respected source. Someone must advise you that the worry and confusion you feel will be easily dispelled, when you find a new and more appropriate path. A health problem might be adjusted by advice from a new doctor or from a more creative approach by your regular physician. In love, two different types of men may seek to gain the confidence of a woman. Time, not force, will open the doors which must temporarily be closed. Action directed outward at this time may only compound difficulties, and looking inward with an eye to self-improvement holds the key. Since your frenzied mental state is fed by worry, any intuition you have is lost in the shuffle. Be still and let your worries settle. In that stillness the new inward and outward direction you need will reveal itself to you. Don't be like the people who get in bad moods because rain is falling. Let trouble pass with the storms and seasons. Let your perception of time become wider, and realize your present condition will soon be past.

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Hold back. Whatever temptations you have to gain success by powerful action are manifestations of your ego. Sacrificing your peace of mind and the peace of those who would long to help you is wrong-headed. Dig in and wait for the revelation which will truly set you free.

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Some things are more powerful than personal considerations. You do not live in an isolated world. Knowing this, you also know others depend on you when times are hard. This is such a time, and, though you see trouble all around you, you press onward to accept responsibility. A measure of protection will be yours, if you believe in yourself.

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The call of a distant struggle rouses combative feelings inside. You feel the urge to charge off to meet the obstacle which perplexes you. This is not only an illusion, but inappropriate since now your responsibilities are internal-to those in your family and to your own (often neglected) inner self. Women hold some special magic now which should not be overlooked.

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Whatever you seek to do will depend on your ability to gather support from those closest to you. You must be confident yet persuasive-all traces of stubbornness and selfishness must be put behind as you become a model of quiet determination. Ready facts and figures (or whatever convincing arguments you have) for the moment of truth when your course will be revealed. The strength and humility you show, by letting others share your burden, will be your true qualities of potential leadership. Others will see.

Line 5

You are the source of magic now. Your troubles are compounded, yet lose their power because of the good will you exemplify. Aid comes to you when it is unlooked for and some of your past unselfish actions leave an aura of strength around you. Give the full measure of your spirit to the battle at hand and it will be enough.

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Balance is yours because you tend to be physically and mentally healthy in an unhealthy world. You don't point the finger at others in hard-times, just as you don't feel guilty and responsible. Another person can help you see yourself now, and you let yourself be positively influenced. All the hard work you have done on the controlling of the ego will now come home, as you gracefully begin to move back the barriers.


HEXAGRAM #40 - RELEASE

THE ANSWER TOMORROW

All the work has been done.
Like a philosopher I've gone back to the wind, 
But the wind today won't whisper
Of the answer tomorrow.
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Overview

A stagnant low point is passing from your life. Whether it came from outside you, or it generated from your own subconscious longings, it is leaving. Many responsibilities and worries are upon you now. You contemplate how to reach some goal and become bogged down with details. This is a blessing in disguise since it keeps you aware and prepared for flare-ups as your hard times fade.

Actually your successful release depends on two principles: The first is the principle of timing. Right now, if you have things to do, get on with them. Don't put off making a decision because a later time will not help you. Conditions are not favorable for waiting.

The second characteristic you need to develop is forgiveness. The bad time which you feel passing was nourished by the darkness in your own heart. Perhaps another did you wrong; very probably in the opinion of that person you were the offender. It doesn't matter now, and you must let past bitterness go. Where you feel ungenerous, you are wrong in this case. The answer lies in going beyond the past to forgive grievances. Now you will rise above problems as they occur. Open your heart and answer feelings of danger with love and sincerity. Be relaxed and confident and you can be the leader fate has chosen you to be-because of your humility.

Lead by gentleness of spirit. The human animal has much in common with every other animal. Since living is difficult, sometimes harsh and even violent, scars remain. Even the healthiest souls are familiar with negative conditioning and institutional inhibition. You must lead with a new paradigm. You must love.

Right below the surface, which can be cacophonous with the discord, there is a hunger for anything positive. There will be a tremendous response to you, if you bring a healing vibration. Whatever is holding you back, is all in your head. Thus we learn the power of the mind.

Everywhere you go, you will make a difference. Every scrap of sunlight you find, you will share. Practical advice: Make peace with someone with whom you recently have had strained relations. They might be a little chilly at first, but conditions will quickly ameliorate. Be uncharacteristically good-natured and watch the world give you maximum respect.

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This is the line of rebuilding. The tribulations have subsided and you are enjoying some comparative peace. Don't trouble your mind with vague worries and anxieties. Worrying would be a waste of time since you need exercise, fresh air, good nutrition, and sleep. As you let the time nourish and heal you, you will let your natural good fortune increase.

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You must dedicate yourself to the release which is coming. Your character must be disciplined in order to save the storehouse of personal strength necessary to navigate the days ahead. There will be negatives, sub plots, deceptions, and intrigues-possibly in your own heart, but you must keep moving ignoring the temptations inside and outside of your life. The good fortune you are now experiencing is a result of a past good deed. Don't get lost in it. Use it as a starting point upon which to build.

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You might have an idea in your head which is inappropriate, making ego the determiner of your fortune right now. Yes, you have come through and seen the bad time pass, but you won't be safe for a while. If you see yourself being too free or vain with the world, you will experience loss. Work hard to develop the inner clarity necessary to prevent the embarrassment forecast by this line.

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Sometimes when times are hard, people accept the friendship of questionable characters who later prove to be lacking. Accept the fact that you have fooled yourself as to the identity of your real friends, and begin to look for the arrival of someone with whom you will be very close and productive. Give up on any physical or emotional dead end.

Line 5

It is down to you to save yourself. Nothing is going to happen that you don't initiate and this is the time for you to take control-not control in the egotistical sense, but control of yourself. Leading by example you will show people where you stand and call upon them to make a stand of their own. Don't be surprised if some friends find it difficult to leave their self-centered natures behind. This means they may leave you behind.

Line 6

You are freed at last from the negatives which entangled you, not because you blindly charged ahead, but because you gathered your resources and moved at the right time. The troublesome people are seen more clearly now, and you gain strength as you acknowledge the positive omen of the line. The Golden Rule guides you not only to surpass your opposition, but free yourself totally by love and understanding.


HEXAGRAM #41 - DECREASE

ESCAPE THE SHADOW

Escape the shadow
By giving away your own.
Let the sun see through you.
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Overview

You have lost something, either material or spiritual. In your recent past you may have felt all the pressures of the world on your back and no rest from the continuous forces which tossed you about. Those days have passed and you have been left without the security which was underlying in your busy, but trying times. You may actually experience a reduction in money, property, or something else, which tends to narrow the focus of your life. Spiritually, you may feel removed from your sources of inspiration. Don't try too diligently to re-establish contact with your higher self. Effort will defeat progress. Emotionally, someone may have departed from your scene, or a relationship in which you are involved may have reached a more ordinary plane. The problems implicit in this change will require a straightening out of your values and character. At first, doubts and confusion will disturb your thinking and you may strain against the changes. This may even be ironic because it is possible that prior to your decrease, you may have wished for a simplification to your circumstance. That wish has come true and left you wondering.

The way to go right now is a path involving sincerity and generosity. Even though you don't have much (money, patience, etc.), give freely of what you have. Give away all you have. That will be good for you because in time the situation will turn and you will begin to get back the sustenance you need. Your future gains will be equivalent to your present loss. You must control your temper and your willfulness. Anything inside you which frustrates you will destroy the peace you need. Look for the disappearance of a third person in any triangular relationship and the advent of calm but unexciting times.

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You have great energy now. You desire to express it in positive ways, and, without excessive praise as reward, you seek honestly to help those around you. Possibly you need to get off your horse and think about the outcome of your help. It is possible that your continuous flow of assistance is an annoyance or hindrance. Realize the difference between making or keeping another individual weak simply because your energy allows you to defend them as opposed to humbly giving aid when it is truly needed. Watch out for alcohol abuse as an energy release. Keep a stern control over your emotions and desires.

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Fight for clarity in this time when your mind and heart are playing tricks on you. You seek to martyr yourself in the service of another-to completely give yourself, including dignity and common sense, in the hope of bettering their life; use intuition. Neither they nor you need you to lose your head. What they really need is the insight that you have used to get yourself together in former crises. Develop your sense of self in the midst of sacrifices.

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If you are involved in a triangular relationship, be prepared for one person to depart. If you are alone, expect someone to arrive upon the scene who understands your heart. Basically, you are alone at this time, even in a crowd. Listen carefully to your own heart and savor its messages. Don't thoughtlessly share your deepest feelings-develop them, get to truly understand yourself and save your words. Don't be surprised if your aid in the time of another's misfortune has brought you rewards and praise. If you feel guilty, you will be missing out on deserved appreciation.

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Something you have been going through inside you has alienated people who would like to help you. Straighten out your own mind and you will see someone come to your aid who has been waiting for a chance to help you. Put aside your pride and accept another's concern and assistance. Remember, sometimes you can help a friend the most by letting them help you. You will get this help with no strings attached.

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This is the kind of omen you wait to hear. Be thankful to the spiritual sources in your life because blessings will fall to you so thick and fast that you will be amazed. Your decrease has helped you develop your own character-the simplicity you struggled for has made you aware of yourself. Complete old projects, look inside yourself for loose ends you can connect and abide in humility at the hour of your most exalted power. Now more than ever, let the world know who you are by your actions alone.

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You are a focal point of positive power and generosity guides you. Realizing the more you give, the more you receive enables you to help everyone who is open to you. Your chief strength is that you do not hoard the blessings (spiritual or material) you receive, but rather turn them into a kind of good which is easily accessible to all. The atmosphere is good for work and things less personal. Believe in your intuition and spiritual source of inspiration as it guides you at this time. However, when it comes to your deepest feelings, you realize that this is a time to keep many hopes, doubts, and fears to yourself.


HEXAGRAM #42 - INCREASE

KIDNAPPED

Your body was an ancient map of rocky terrain,
Reluctant as the new world
To show its open secrets.
Your mind was clear to read 
As the path to treasure 
Drawn on parchment.
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Overview

You can now gain ground on the situation in question. After waiting a long time, as you have, for a breakthrough, you see an attitude shift on the part of someone else. This outward change in karmic weather is an important sign for you, and may have an ultimate meaning for a specific personal relationship. Like a ray of sunlight in a dense forest illuminates secrets of the dark, so now will you catch fleeting glimpses of the truth about yourself. Normally you might blindly overlook your faults or stubbornly cling to them because of some neurotic attachment, now their obvious presence will make them (the faults) easier to uproot. The discovery of those problems might be amazing and unsettling to you, since they have been so close to you all the time, but now you will not get lost in negative self-images. You will seize the opportunity for change and begin a new road with confidence based on the Increase of clarity.

"Increase" brings you a clear view of your positive traits. You are only human, and if you could overlook the weakness under your nose, you could also miss having a clear view of your strengths. You are a quality person who has fought many battles with yourself for the peace of mind you possess. Look to others for inspiration which they will provide simply by reacting to you and by seeing themselves.

Just as a peaceful and illuminating passage of weather must give way to atmospheric changes, so does your period of Increase give way to other forces. The key to this time is the intensity with which you study the outer and inner signs. There will never be a better time to see who you have been, who you are, and the quality person you can be.

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You have the magic touch with people right now. The essence of this line is assistance. You will receive cooperation and blessings from everyone you turn to for help. Many times aid is given by people with strings attached. You end up owing debts and handling negative attachments. Put problems out of your mind and plan to move ahead with a new feeling. This is a line of clarity and foresight. Look with eyes of a seer into your positive future and let important people freely help you on the road.

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Your good karma is flowing here. You have realized that your future is forecast in your present conduct. In this case and act of personal generosity in your past will now come back to you as in the form of an unexpected blessing. You believe in faith and loyalty, qualities which are often undervalued in the dealings of the material world . Your consistency with your values has worked its alchemy for you, and you accept the challenge of keeping a clear head and keeping control of your ego. Remain true to your path, as you let good things happen.

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Part of the mystery of life is revealed, if you see through daily happenings. Look past apparent fortune or misfortune, to the heart of the matter. You are blessed by this vision now. Part of your Tao may be to use any hard times in your past as a step to your higher-self. Dismiss your doubts about being a vulture feeding on the misfortune in your path in order to grow. Your are not selfish and are capable of stirring sacrifices for others. Control hope and despair and continue navigation toward the goal of peace you desire. Be at one with your life.

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You pride yourself on your sincerity and freedom in your dealings with others. Though you have considerable power, you realize its source is in the trust people have for you. Since you aren't out to manipulate others for the ends of your ego, as so many in the world are, you get the rewards of intimacy others never enjoy. Your basic giving and consistent nature bring you all manner of benefits. You will use them to help the very people who grant you power in their lives. You are humble, yet this line points to big things done with confidence. Keep moving outside and in for the sake of freedom.

Line 5

You are free. Free from neurotic worldly attachments and free of the heavy chains of egotism. Let doubts and fears pass over your spirit as high clouds-give them no energy or power. The good fortune in this line is that you may relax in being yourself. Your positive qualities (ones which you feel are often overlooked but mean a great deal to you) are recognized and you are understood and respected. You are gentle and kind. These qualities are obvious now for everyone to see-you are valued and bring-true "Increase" wherever you cast you spell.

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This is the line of "White Magic." You must have a talk with yourself. The essence of this whole hexagram is cooperation between people, yet you have lost touch with the very people who could help you most. Your ego is out of control temporarily and you risk losing much of what you have gained. Don't think you are so highly evolved that you can't be challenged. In fact, expect a challenge now-- one which will seem like an attack, but in reality will be your karma coming back to you. Yes, you have many exemplary qualities, but haven't others assisted you at every critical turn in your life? Isn't your enforced isolation a destructive illusion?


HEXAGRAM #43 - THE RAPIDS

I NEVER COULD HAVE PREDICTED YOU

I spent 
All those years
Looking at the stars,
But I never could have 
Predicted you.
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Overview

The waters of life swirl and foam around you now. You must demonstrate unswerving strength of character. This strength should manifest itself in self-questioning. The self-questioner has a dangerous task, since each personality possesses all possible shadings of good and bad. When you look inside, you never know what you will find, and you must have the strength to face darkness now. You are the guide through the rapids and you must use all your talent, skill, and intuition to identify perils in the water. This is a time when you must speak freely about your observations on life, knowing that whenever one is honest, there could be difficulty. If you show that you earnestly want to share yourself, others will bond to you and want to share themselves with you. Don't hesitate to be generous. Already you have felt stirrings in this direction. You have accumulated vast resources-strength, knowledge, money, power, insight-whatever; this is the time to return what you have gained to other people at just the right time. Be bold and gentle. This combination will win you support in the difficult passage of the rapids. You must become Master of the "Fluid-Plan"-a concept most appropriate to consider in a situation such as negotiating dangerous rapids. You can't plot one course and violently hold to it in white water. You've got to be on guard and ready to change and readjust to every new obstacle. Develop your plan as contingencies arise in the face of constant uncertainty. It is your destiny to pass safely through the rapids and to learn the gains and losses of such a dangerous and meaningful passage.

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Watch your step! If you seek to gratify your ego by an empty show of strength, you are going to have trouble. Use your sensitivity to feel the proper timing to express yourself in a situation. Go only as far as you feel you can go confidently. If you go on with a bold exterior and inner doubts, you will be knocked off balance by opposing forces. If that happens, you will look foolish to the very people who need to merge destinies with you.

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You are watchful. Already your intuition has you looking ahead and behind for signs of what is coming next. There may be some trouble, but nothing you can't handle. Just to be prepared, sit down in a contingency-planning session. Go over all the things that might be weaknesses in your general life-plan and be aware of how you might handle the pressure in these areas. Mostly, have confidence that your awareness gives you the needed "edge" to deal with anything that might arise.

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There will be misunderstandings of your actions and motivations. You will see loyalties shift away from you with virtually no one to understand you r actions. You are following your heart with great resolution and may be involved in a complex personal situation-one which you alone completely understand. Go with it. Let people talk and say whatever they want toward you-it doesn't really matter. You will feel irritated, probably justifiably so, then let it all pass. Once the confused and intense time passes, the very people who turned away from you will realize what you were trying to do. This will all be accomplished more easily if you remain free of egotistical or self-righteous outward actions.

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Times have made you tough. The way of nature is for too much of one thing to produce its opposite-so, be careful not to let your strength become pride and stubbornness, and thereby pull you down with weakness. You aren't the center of the universe. It is understandable that you would be shell-shocked by the events you have gone through, but there is more to life than blindly crashing along a self-created path. F there is magic for you now, it will be in the help others can give you. Your problem is that right now you are so sensitive to being "burned" that you won't let yourself be influenced or led. True humility is your most promising path.

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There are many ways to overcome troublesome and dangerous situations. This is the line of determination and quiet dedication. You can't change the world, but you cab survive the negative circumstances which try to choke off your energy and humanity. This isn't the time to gain brilliant victories or fame, but there is a survivor in you-a second-nature talent to coexist with the many divergent forces in this world. Unassuming and subtle work on your life will get you through right now, and getting through is what it's all about.

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In the rapids you must watch for every danger in the water. You must be on guard against the shortcomings you have, or they will accumulate and backfire on you when you need it least. You don't climb a mountain to get careless at the summit. Don't be surprised if you don't have many people to turn to. This problem is between you and yourself, and gives you a chance to see the Law of Karma at work in your life. Begin to learn from the lessons of life-it's the only way to change the cycle you are in.


HEXAGRAM #44 - PROPOSITIONS

BEAUTIFUL AND GONE

You can't take me with lies.
Flatter the changing sunlight
And it is still beautiful
And gone.
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Your flight has been to achieve stability within your home, business, love life, etc., and things have been going your way for a time. Certain unquiet elements in your life have been put to rest-so you think. It is possible that just when you have begun to look ahead, thereby lowering your concentration on the present, old problems will surface to pull you down. Males should be on guard for the unexpected arrival of powerful and manipulative lady or an unexpected, domineering mood to surface in a usually agreeable lady. You should be able to see right through the traps set for your ego, but since the ego is the human weak spot, analyzing situations could become complex. The easiest way to be manipulated is to allow flattery to influence your behavior. You have labored to be a good person, be responsible, be truthful, etc., and you must beware of how tenuous your progress is. This is the reason for the title "Propositions." These propositions could be financial or sexual, and they could threaten the strides you have made. Succumbing to them in the short-term could be profitable, but allowing propositions to control your thoughts and self-image is potentially disastrous. You are what you have made yourself-not what others tell you. Remember, attitudes toward you which swell your ego today could easily turn against you tomorrow, leaving you without basic sustenance to get you through when life and times get really demanding.

In the face of unexpected uprisings, the best tactic to employ is honesty. This may lead you into a squall of disapproval, but it will quickly pass and you will see right through other people's games. Turn that honesty on yourself and your own motivations, and you will be able to purify and direct that power you possess.

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This is time for caution within and without. All sorts of limitations confound you now-some subtle and some more obvious. Get back to the simpler aspects of life to enable you to see and feel more clearly.

What do you really want from life? What do the people around really want from you? The answers come from self-control and open self-expression with other. If you are holding negative emotions, remember, they are consuming you. Put it all on the line-be what you say you are, and do the right thing as you accurately see it.

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You are walking a fine line of balance between protecting those people dependent on you wanting to make them feel a prisoner in your life and will. Be kind and compassionate in order to make your point of view realized. When you get nervous and irritable, understand that you will lose more than the lost time of a bad mood. You will start a series of negative events that larger than you imagine. On the other hand, if you maintain control of yourself, don't give those close to you that you are above having feelings, and don't seem distant when someone needs praise or laughter from you. Balance is the key to this situation.

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In spite of all your dedication and progress you are weak to the temptation which confronts you. Your mind is torn between desire and conscience. This battle of the will is very important to you because if you give into your darker side, you will lose much that you have tried to build upon. Laugh good-naturedly at your troubles and shortcomings, but don't let them get the better of you. Don't do something which violates your expressed principles because you will look like a fool to those who believe in you. If you are weak use the thought of others depending on you to get you through.

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Beware the complications of ego. The people you have used, passed over, or treated shabbily in your pursuit of power and pleasure will desert you. When the object of your desire has finished with you, you begin to see the chain of bad karma you have left behind. It may be too late, but if you can reach deep enough inside you might find the spark to rekindle the respect and the friendship of the very people you once passed over. Be honest with yourself about all that has happened, then begin to move forward again.

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You have much to gain with your ego under control. Basically, you are a powerful person to whom many listen and respect. In many ways your environment is set up to gratify your feelings of superiority with a circle of friends, lovers, and acquaintances all turning to you for inspiration and guidance. This can be a healthy and productive situation as long as you remember that you are just another person-a lucky one who has the potential to give and receive. Don't be too pushy about philosophy and values. Other people's ideas are just as important as yours. Your power lies in not forgetting that.

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Sometimes you've got to do things your own way. That includes withdrawing from your social scene if things get too intense. You have met temptation and faced it down on your own terms. You have come away wiser, stronger, and lonelier, but more aware of yourself and your needs. You won't be bothered when others criticize you for your self-imposed isolation because the honest way you have dealt with temptations has given you the freedom to be your own person.


HEXAGRAM #45 - GATHERING

TOGETHER WE ARE A BRIDGE

Together we are a bridge.
Individually we are small stones
In the black, rushing water of time.
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Now is the time to gather resources. Wherever you find strength and substance, you will learn about the essence of life itself. Begin by looking at yourself. What do you want out of life? If you feel you have been drifting lately, then this is the time to look for a new path. Look for meaningful advice. Part of your good fortune now is the group of friends and acquaintances you have drawn to you over the years. Now you will see yourself in other people. Why are they your friends? What do they offer you? What do they offer you? What do they want from life? The point is, unless you start by carefully observing the people and events in your immediate circle, you won't be able to accurately interpret occurrences on the grand scale.

You are in a good a good position now to give of yourself-to go beyond your normal generosity to a higher plane where a more self-sacrificing vibration will inspire you as you learn the magic of true giving-namely, that the more you sacrifice, the more you will be blessed. All manner of spiritual insight will be available to you, if you believe in your source of inspiration. Let yourself move with more mystical awareness, when you feel the inclination.

This is the right time for an intense look at future possibilities. Visualize potential problems and work hard to prepare for as many eventualities as possible. Consolidate your strength and make overallowances for strength when the need arises. Another way to look into the future is with the sixth sense of intuition. Let your inner voice speak to you now and learn to listen. Many times you have had a feeling about a person or a situation and it has proven correct; go with it now. Gather your many assets to you in this time of beginnings and learning.

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People problems are indicated by this line. Too much confusion, jumping to conclusions, even misunderstandings of character will rise in a swirling storm before someone comes forth to put things in order. Perhaps all the frustrations are just part of the natural path events must take so that the people of your group can learn who the real leader is. Look through the rapid changes around you to the heart of all things.

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The current of life is carrying you toward a new day. Now you must not struggle against the turnings of fate, as you realize your journey is part of a much larger cycle. Your part is to learn the hidden truth in each passing moment. People appear and effect you immediately on deep levels. Don't question new feelings as they begin to stir, because they will become familiar guides to you in the days to come. You see that magic is not foreign or unusual in life. Magic is everywhere your heart looks. There are faces now clear as mirrors to tell you who are. Look deeply into them.

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Sometimes the way to peace is clouded by melancholy and feelings of isolation. You want to blend in and lose yourself in the mindless security of everyday social interchange, but this feels impossible. You find out yourself looking through windows, at families gathered for dinner, or hearing laughter fading from a disappearing car. You might even be carried away by the need to belong and find yourself awkwardly present in a social circumstance which deepens your feelings of alienation. As always, you are your own best friend. Acknowledge your bittersweet feelings to yourself and gather yourself together by yourself.

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You are included in the lives of many people. Respect comes to you because you are self-sacrificing and generally encouraging to everyone. People listen to your advice and philosophy of life, which is based on health and stability. The lives of others fluctuate wildly away from the balance you seek and represent. While you gain feelings of self-worth from being consulted, you experience a drain on your psychic resources with each gift of energy you give. From your generosity you receive renewed vitality only to begin the cycle of self-sacrifice all over again.

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You have charisma. People want to be around you because you have a special quality-an aura of leadership or a certain appealing "style" in your approach to life. Some people sense you are more than a public image, but others doubt your substance; they even suspect you of being shallow or out for personal gain. Since you are a leader, take it upon yourself to reveal your true character in a consistent manner. Meet suspicion with true caring and doubt with simple and honest faith. If you can be true to the identity you have created for yourself, the horizons of your ability to help others will become vast and expansive.

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Sometimes your actions are so straightforward that they are misunderstood. People are used to complicated psychological games in their interpersonal relationships and come to expect them from everyone. Your simple expression of feeling has backfired on you and fate has you the target of negative feelings. You are experiencing undeserved hassles and your feelings are hurt. Let yourself express your pain naturally-you aren't made of stone with an image to protect. You will find that the vulnerability you show now will do no more to attract people to you than your original straightforward expression. Your sensitivity is as natural and necessary as the rain.


HEXAGRAM #46 - PUSHING UPWARD

STREAMLINED FRIENDSHIP

We won't discuss the weather anymore.
The clouds pass without comment,
As two people find out
Why they came to this blue planet.
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Overview

Time and events are running in your favor. Past weaknesses are lost in a growing strength and vision. Perhaps you have seen a goal toward which you have begun to work, or perhaps you are just experiencing a new-found harmony in your days, either way, you are probably stronger than you think.

Basically, you need to pursue a threefold path to gain the natural good fortune implied in this hexagram:

First, you need to cultivate humility with regard to your expectations. Just as the small seed becomes the mighty tree, so do the significant results in life grow from the daily, and just as significant, challenges and problems. You must be bound and determined to promote the natural flow of positive events. This will reinforce your humility and an intelligent acceptance of life.

Second, you must consult with someone whom you respect. Part of the key to your growing power exists in your ability to get the right idea at the right time. This person may be a friend, teacher, doctor, or even someone unexpected who can show you the right path. Your intuition will tell you where to make the appropriate connection.

Third and finally, you must realize the absolute power of your will at this time. You can make the good you desire come about through personal dedication to what you want. Quiet confidence and faith are the strongest ingredients in the situation and you are probably already experiencing these.

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Luck is with you. You are fortunate that what you desire is also desired by those you need behind you. You could get a promotion or have an emotional breakthrough and you must not hesitate or question the time. Simply show your faith by taking advantage of any possibilities open to you. People are open to you, they like you; you may even rise higher and faster than you expect.

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You are an enigma. Your inner world hungers for progress and perfection, while your outer behavior is sometimes confused and inconsiderate. Fortune favors you in that the people on whom you depend understand you and let you grow in your own way. The goals you desire are distant yet obtainable through sacrifice. These sacrifices may even be small, but important, since they demonstrate your faith and will. Begin by smoothing your temperament.

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Take care not to deceive yourself. Don't be lazy in a time which outwardly appears to be running smoothly. Don't squander precious time which could be used to build your character. People trust you and your will is molding your environment, but beware, lip service to a goal is not enough to make it happen, and if your easy time runs out, you will need to live on the fruits of the hours which are now passing.

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You are a "star." People look up to you and value your opinion because you understand the implications of timing. You are doing everything right in the eyes of some people; among them you are "first among equals." Your honor is increased because they are good people and with their aid you can achieve good beyond your reckoning.

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Your goal is in view. The tide of events runs with you and the realistic vision of your desire fulfilled haunts you. Temptation tells you to increase speed and throw caution to the winds. However, your path lies in the world of calm, patience, and attention to detail. You can experience your dreams, if you remember that every oversight now will hold you back at a later and more intense time.

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Your values are going to have to lead you now. You are deeply involved in living day to day; so deeply into the present that your goals seem far distant and doubts creep into your mind. Go on your deepest feelings and stay true to your principles; the mood of the world will change and you must be a stabilizing force in it.

HEXAGRAM #47 - THE CHARIOT

FOOLISHLY BELIEVED

The water 
Running through your hand
Gives a quick lesson.
Indians foolishly believed 
A circle could contain
A rattlesnake.
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Overview

This hexagram has the spirit of the Great Scorpion in the Zodiac and the tension of "The Chariot" in the Tarot. You have all the talent in the world-your spirit is older and truer than stone, why so much doom and gloom? You feel the exhausting futility of life-the foolish waste of energy in the relentless turning cycles of birth, death, and all that lies between. Yet for all your frightening, immeasurable darkness, you are something else. You are an entity too complex for your own piercing powers of analysis. You can give the ultimate sacrifice for life-you have secrets and secret innocence.

Hard times are indicated here. You know too well the meaning of melancholy and laziness and maybe an extra-added dash of something a bit more dangerous. No darkness can hold you though-you are deeper than life. There is nothing to stop you. Your only chance for peace is to live life the way you want to. Attitude is the source of everything now-what you believe, you will be. This is a good time to grow strong under stress. Every step now will be the future. With a good attitude and self-discipline you are powerful and free, without it nightmares will happen. Most important -you can always go further than you think you can. Your destiny is to go all the way.

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Hard times are imminent. Watch carefully in order to retain protection as your attitude slips. The gloom is settling upon you. Perhaps you have experienced disappointment or disillusionment and feel the temptation to give up your path and all the ground you have battled to gain. Your best hope is to avoid serious upheaval is to consolidate your physical, emotional, and psychic energies, and work with your heart. You must realize by now that dark weather eventually gives way to clarity and light.

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You can't forge your worldly troubles even though you immerse yourself in the pleasures available to you. You go too far in your self-indulgent celebrations, but in the midst of your contrived revelry a real opportunity for enlightenment erupts. A person of outstanding character might spark some inner flame and anything might happen. The future is uncertain with this line, but with a little thought you can survive even the most complex times.

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If you are about to make a life-destroying mistake, please reconsider. Like in "MacBeth" "Foul is Fair and Fair is Foul." Your vision is not clear right now-you may see people around you who seem attractive and magnetic, but a critical mistake would lead you to their arms for comfort-there you will discover wolves in sheep's clothing. Take care not to turn against the ones most deserving of your trust. Great changes come in all people's lives-it is not necessary to bring extra sorrow upon yourself. You are more filled with light than darkness. Please meditate on this now.

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The obvious entanglements of materialism and ego will be a thick forest for you now. The world wants something from you-it could e your beauty, money, intimacy, talents, or whatever you have to give. Though it feels good to be desired and rewarded, selling yourself will be very sad for you in some ways. You have been on a path of public access to your private life. That painful mistake will be corrected in time.

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There is no easy way out of this one. You will attract many hard times and sorrows. The future will always be in doubt for you and you will know the meaning of uncertainty and fear. Fortunately, you are stronger and deeper than problems you face, and, if your faith is strong in yourself, you will have the peace and good feeling you have always lacked. What does you intuition tell you about life's mysteries? Discipline the mind and the body.

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What really has power over you? Don't make the mistake of believing the past can control you. You are your own leader-no person can keep you down and bound unless you want it that way. We all have done questionable things-forgive yourself for your self-created disasters. Most important, get on with your life. Come out in the light as much as possible. Be honest and loving with yourself. You have so much to be.


HEXAGRAM #48 - THE WELL (EMPEROR IN A KINGDOM OF ONE)

NOT QUITE AT HOME IN THE AIR

I have always been 
Standing outside the party
In the cool evening
Watching city lights or star light
Feeling like
I'm not quite at home in the air.
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Overview

You are "The Well"-a well of knowledge, inspiration and long-lasting values. People respect you because you seem to be made of stuff of the earth. Yes, you are a wise person-usually your vision gracefully pierces to the heart of any situation and intimate secrets are revealed to you. Friends come to you-not so much to cry on your shoulder, but to hear some stirring encouragement in your words or soak up some of your positive vibration. The I Ching says emphatically that in olden days a well could not be moved, but a city could be moved to the well. People come to you-you are honored in your circle. The most unifying theme of your life has been your willingness to learn. Your open heart has brought you considerable fortune.

However, "The Well" is not a light-hearted hexagram. A moody feeling accompanies all the lessons and you might experience a kind of joylessness at times. You are such a complete personality that it is unlikely your relationships are long-enduring-the nomads come thankfully to the well, but they do not tarry long. Though you keep close monitoring of your attitude, as you give generously to nearly everyone, problems gather like clouds in summer. Don't make the mistake of believing you have seen it all before; that will lead to superficial knowledge which, ultimately, will lessen your value to yourself and others. Also, you are emperor in your kingdom of one. Take care not to throw away vulnerable time, love, money, or health in periods of spiritual boredom. You must allow new sources of water to replenish the well. Your way has been by keeping an open door.

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Take care, if you get this line. So many times in life people don't develop their human potential and gradually become immersed in isolation and frustration. Relationships suffer where people forget they can change with time and experience. Meditate on what you have, in all ways, and what you wish. Water is life, but useless in streams which meander into dry beds. Don't be just another statistic-another all-too-familiar tragic figure.

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No one will respect you, if you don't take care of business. Your practical foundations must be the base from which you expand. If you dodge your responsibilities, the negative feelings of your childhood will re-surface. You can't get back at a basically uncaring world by making yourself weak and dependent. It's not glamorous, but it is good advice for you to get serious and grow up a bit. You can handle anything you want to.

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There are wells of pure, clear water which no man has been lucky enough to find. Many missed connections flood the experiences of this material plane. Many connections can be made, to the surprise and good fortune of the openhearted observer. There is no explanation for light and dark. There is only wind in tall trees and the passing lives of men. What does your intuition say?

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No positive step goes unused or unrecognized. You know too well that when the serious moments of life come down, you are on your own. Life is a trip for one. We try to lose ourselves by merging with our loves, jobs, friends, or other pleasant diversions of the material world, but, time and time again, we always come back to ourselves. Go on nurturing yourself-give yourself what you need. When the future comes to your door, you will be prepared.

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You are gifted. Life is satisfying-not in the sense that you accumulate great estates of wealth or devastate your enemies-but life is alive in you. You are all the good things you hoped to become, and your vision of life is true and approachable for others. Many come to you for a drink of whatever their heart's desire, and you seem to have the supply. Freely use your imagination, as far as your life moves its mysterious currents, and don't forget to enjoy yourself all the way.

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On your own way you may have accomplished some important things, but your real successes are among the people. You help your fellow human beings. Don't ponder over this mystery, just accept the fact that you hold a special place. You have proven your dedication at every turn and the little things you have done have made deep impressions on the people for whom you have done them. You can be a wizard now as life flows through you. Your magic is you.


HEXAGRAM #49 - SEASONS

THERE IS NO SUCH THIG AS COURAGE

There is fear and the reaction to fear 
Which becomes courage as the ego looks back.
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Overview

As the seasons of time pass, all the universe changes into new forms. The new forms reflect the spirit of the times in which they are born. The history of our world and our individual days teach the irresistible rush of the future. You are in such a time and situation in your own life. Forces are flowing together and breaking apart life as you have come to know it. In many ways, you will lead others in the days ahead, but you are not yet fully understood. You may even be mistrusted or the center of interpersonal upheaval. Al the stress and strain you are currently experiencing is strengthening you for the changes which must come. This isn't a time for pretentious talk and ego tripping-these will clearly reveal the confusion and insecurity which holds you back. This is a time for personal dedication-a time for looking at the world with a hard and determined eye. Realize that all the signs point to transformation for you. Outwardly, possibly your appearance or demeanor, and inwardly your attitude or philosophy, must change to fit and embody the soul of the new days in which you find yourself. You will lead by example and achievement; others will know you by your deeds. Following the hassles and turn-arounds, you will see a clear light when darkness lifts. You are the weather of the seasons and you will succeed because you observe closely and learn from all you have seen.

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This is a season of preparation for you. The revolution begins to rush around you like leaves before a coming storm, but you must resist a nervous explosion. At the proper time you will release your powers on the situation. For now, however, be steadfast and quiet, accumulating strength and character through self-control.

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This is the season to change yourself. Either by imitation of someone who seems to exemplify the new self you desire, or by humbly seeking advice from a positive source, you spark your inner self. You must unreservedly give yourself to this season of change. Look for aid and comfort when you least expect it. Magic will come in motion.

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The season of timing is upon you. Around you conflict swells like a stormy sea, and many spirits strain against the time. Is it time for you to move ahead? Should you hold back? The balance of scales swing in the wind. The magic number is three-after three false alarms, three rumors, three disturbances, etc. the time to act will arrive. Listen and observe, but the answer will come, in its own time, from deep inside you.

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This is a season of truth. Your long struggle within yourself has finally brought you out into the world. You have patiently turned you ideals (like flowers in a garden) and you have found the courage and direction to challenge strange concepts. Great changes and good fortune whisper in the swirling air about you. It is your season to hear.

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You don't need this advice. This is your season of strength and all currents have been running this way for some time. There is very little mystery in your situation and many chances for self-expression. You will use your influence and powers for the benefit of others who need to see you in a symbolic way, but, you are real and know that only faint-heartedness could cause you trouble now.

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You know the secrets of a season of grace. The harsh struggle has come and gone. You have heard the cries and loud speeches and you have continued preparing yourself with dedication. Look for the easy expression of hidden talent or some "magic" which draws others to you in silence and faith. You know better than to push too hard.


HEXAGRAM #50 - THE CAULDRON

LIVE AND BURN

I should show a poker face,
But excuse me while I unravel on the carpet.
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Overview

You may be sensing physical and mental well-being in your world at this time. Your body benefits from and feels good in exercise and your spirit is reaching towards its strengthening source. Let your feelings out in gentleness and gracefully let the world touch you. Intuition tells you what is right and you follow with an eye toward humility. It is a time to listen and watch, not only to sharpen your senses, but to control your own cauldron-like bubbling.

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A positive shake-up is favorable now. You might even do something out of the ordinary to improve yourself or your position. Even if you are temporarily down on your luck, the changes you will make help you achieve some of the success or progress you want. Be creative and unafraid; get things out in the open.

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Because of your position you may consider envy. You are dynamic, outgoing, and creative-naturally, the more you undertake, the more attention you receive. People may talk about you, but they cannot hurt you because you are solid in your concentration upon your goal.

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You are experiencing obstruction or frustration because of something you have handled incorrectly. An opportunity may have temporarily passed you or you might feel unappreciated for all you do. But the key to your situation is confidence. You must believe in yourself and have faith that things will work out. You will then pass through your bad mood and get the release you need.

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Things are not going well. You have pressures on you which you have not handled properly. Possibly you feel someone else is to blame, but you must realize the weakness is in yourself and only you can change things. Self-confidence is the key. Start with yourself to work out larger situations.

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The time of difficulty is passing. Be confident that your modesty and gentle generosity can put past difficulties to rest. Situations may be even better now than before your troubles occurred. However, you must be alert and conscientious about keeping the right path; temptation may appear. Choose high quality people to help you through.

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Things are very favorable to you at this time. You maintain a positive frame of mind which you pass on to the people around you. They listen to you because you are sincere and gentle, even when you speak of serious matters. Progress is possible, as you let out stored energies which find a way to work.


HEXAGRAM #51 - SERIOUSNESS

EASY TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS

Calmly unplug the television
And take off your clothes.
We'll make love
On this lightning storm.
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Overview

The traditional image for this hexagram has been the shock of thunder. So expect intense obtrusions from the outside. Expect turbulence and all manner of supernatural sightings. During the influence of "Seriousness" you will be more down-to-earth in your attitudes. Be solid and unshakable, once you find your way.

When the shock of this hexagram is felt, you will have a strong reaction to an external stimulus, whether it is a person, idea, fantasy, etc. For a time you will be lost in an imaginary struggle. You will come to learn that the struggle along was with your own fear.

Thunder is hard to ignore. The threat of concomitant destruction pervades each moment. The key is to remember that statistics are on your side. The overwhelming probability is that nothing will happen to you. There is almost an adrenaline rush from the presence of danger. The secret of "Seriousness" is to be cool. No matter what comes down, cultivate a Buddha-calm that won't quit. Don't be surprised if you are called upon to do the unusual. You will face the storm with sang froid. The lightening falls somewhere else tonight. It passes to the north and south.

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This line carries the shock of this hexagram. Look for the disturbing and unexpected. Look for order and peace to give way to chaos and confusion. This atmospheric change in your life will bring out the best in you, and you will magically change the disorder into good times. Your good heart and open mind will guide you through brief trouble storms. Be as quick to laugh at the absurdity of life as you are to get hyper-serious about occurrences of imagined importance.

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Now you may feel actively insecure about any area of your life, based on your perception of a recent happening. Possibly a confused encounter or a misunderstanding will leave you with a sinking feeling and flashes of panic. Will I lose my friend, lover, security, etc.? All this is part of the natural cycle which will lead your fate back to you. Whatever you want so badly, due to your enflamed insecurities, will come to you. Go on living your life; calm down; nothing has been gained or lost.

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Mellowness is your usual path with everything. You maintain your distance from the troubled and misguided world and let it pass over you. Now trouble has come from where (and when) you least expected it. It strikes to the heart and you can no longer maintain your peaceful equilibrium. Now all your collected wisdom will be called upon to guide you under pressure. This dramatic rise in intensity will be answered by your best "clutch" responses. Shock and seriousness will be your guides.

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You are confused. Hard times have come and gone leaving little clue as to their deeper meaning and implications. You seem hung-up in a personal time warp where nothing is happening-the last piece of the puzzle has not been found. Your only alternative is to free yourself in order to let things clarify themselves in good time-a time when you will be more able to comprehend and deal effectively with all that happened.

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Get very intense about your life. The blitz is on and it will be a good time to plan while on the run. Get your head together and batten down the hatches. As you get serious about deepening your defenses, you will get closer to peace of mind. It's all part of your journey now-like a traveler in a tale of old, beset by dark foes, but guided by soul and light. Believe in yourself.

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Things are going to get crazy. Rumors are flying-likely you're involved in them in some way. Don't depend on others to be pulling with you now-more likely they'll be far into their own paths and might even seem distracted and alienating. Let it be. Just give them space and be bold in demanding and defining your own. It will all pass swift as seasons and time. You are an observer of the great sea of life. Watch open-heartedly on your stone sea wall.


HEXAGRAM #52 - KEEPING STILL

LOOK INSIDE YOUR SKIN

Can't find it on the highway.
Don't see it on the screen.
It isn't in your wallet.
Look inside your skin.
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Calm yourself down. Frenzy and confusion are giving way to quiet and determination. As you experience this time in your life, try to be aware of everything around you and imagine yourself seeing the secrets of life. You have come from a turbulent past and are heading to an uncertain, yet hopeful future. You must flow with the times and be a dynamo of direction when you are called upon, or tactfully avoid negative situations, conserving your energy to use later at a more productive time.

Use this time to develop your whole self. Eat good food and enjoy your rest. You have many scars to heal and muscles to tone. Investigate yoga-an inexpensive book will provide you with simple and beneficial exercises. Consider meditation-not necessarily a good formal kind-but a stilling of the nervous system and clearing of the mind (done simply through breathing). In other words, use this time to replenish physical and spiritual energies. Using your time creatively, you can be ready with the vitality to move or the clarity to withdraw.

A strong balance and harmony are possible for you. Usually you are either very critical or extremely romantic. Now you will be both at once, seeing beauty and meaning in the commonplace. Make plans carefully and look closely at the business in front of you. This is a magical time if you are open to the dark and light of it.

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Your future is a long road before you-the mountains, the valleys, and the broad plains. A wide panorama is visible to you now. The various ways and paths open to you are clear-that you see them and their outcomes as a gift you have which is well-developed and extremely important to use at this time. Just be careful that as you experience visions, you don't get lost in dreams. Enjoy your temporary peace, but keep in mind that you must eventually act on the decisions now forming inside you.

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This is a good time to have blind faith in your luck. Don't be surprised if things get out of control at times and have you looking for cover. Your psychic revelations about the future won't get through to some people around you. They will take paths you know are not good for them, but you won't be able to do anything about it. Just keep in mind that everything is working itself out. Don't drown in the blues. Maker yourself flow with events and don't set yourself up for regrets.

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Something is bubbling up within you. Your desire for stillness is being disrupted from inside and the harder you work to control yourself the more negative the results will be. Possibly you are experiencing sexual frustration or an over-abundance of fantasies. These have nothing to do with your actual, everyday existence and are actually sidetracking you from more important matters at hand. Realize that the fog you are in is passing. Don't get lost in the darker side of your self or make the mistake of feeling that you can force yourself. If you are being limited or irritated by your feelings, let them pass into unimportance. You can't win by fighting.

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The stillness and calm you have been needing is very close. You are able to hold back negative and aggressive feelings, but you aren't happy. Questions, worries, and doubts fall on your heart like rain, and even though you are easy to get along with, others are not, and their unrefined actions upset you. You are not comforted by anything except the inner knowledge that you are doing the only possible thing you can by dedicatedly relaxing your body and mind. That is building for your future.

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This is a time to watch your own behavior. If your outward face is too carefree or glib, them it is a sign that you are troubled inside. Charm and humor can't dispel the difficulties and pressures around you. All you have to express your true thoughts to the world is words. Words sometimes have nearly magical and effective, if you choose them carefully. In fact, the more energy you put into disciplining your verbal expression, the more good you will generate for yourself and others.

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It has finally fallen together for you. Long lines of luck from your past have converged in your life now. Hard battles and doubts seem distant as you enjoy the moment's calm. Your willpower can breathe easier for a time, having given so great an effort of late. Look about you. See the world for what it is-look clearly and objectively. Feel the sadness and hope, and look for your place in the time passages. Inside your heart is a song. Let life reveal itself in music and harmony-realize that it comes from inside you.


HEXAGRAM #53 - GRADUAL PROGRESS

THE CHILD INSIDE YOU

You can't control the changes,
But you can take the child inside you
By the hand
For a walk
With the world all around.
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The general meaning of this hexagram is straightforward, yet profound. You must be clear in your vision, have unyielding determination, and the patience to see all matters to the end. In an impatient world, patience seems like kindness. Kindness comes from the heart, whereas patience comes from the will. You must be in control now of all the power you have. The diamond cutter knows the difficult discipline involved in concentrated patience, where one inaccurate application of force could destroy all accumulated work. As always, a key factor is the cultivation of a strong, inner life. All things will move too slowly for you now (especially romance), but with a deep faith that unravels many secrets, you will see all you have desired come to pass.

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You are an explorer, a traveler in an unknown country. All the old rules you have learned and unlearned will seem useless, even inappropriate, for your situation. Actually you are going to school on life, ready for new realizations, ready, even, for growth-provoking disillusionments. Enemies will be circling your difficulties, as vultures look for food. Believe in yourself and pay minimum homage to artificial social values and morals.

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Your singular path has brought you material success you have not necessarily desired. You realize the transitory nature of all things, particularly material blessings. Consequently, your inner voice prompts you to share your good fortune with others. You realize, sometimes even all-too-fatalistically, that your ultimate path is a lonely one, but for now you are content to pass the time with close friends in peaceful preparation for future challenges.

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Something is wrong. Examine the signs and omens in your world to find critical mistakes. People to whom you have turned in the past will not be there to help, and long-standing plans will not come to fruition. At last you come to realize that all progress is gradual, and all apparent setbacks are just as temporary. This is a time for breaking with the past. Since you have nothing to lose, try to set some things straight. Indulge yourself in confrontations with people who have negatively influenced you. Get it out of your system because any friends you lose will be well lost.

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The danger and complexity of life whirls all about you, but on your human journey you have struck some luck now. Understand that life will not get less dangerous or complex, but that you do have an ally. Someone will come to remind you of the joys of simple existence. You will revel in being yourself and even start to develop a fresh outlook on old, familiar challenges. Adaptability, it is believed, is the key to survival. Learn to make the most of the chances you have in a changing world.

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One timeless component of the material world and the reaction of human nature to it is misunderstanding. Though you have worked hard, suffered and sacrificed much, there is still something missing in your life. Just when you should see the breakthrough in the clouds, you see more clouds. Remember then, the one great law of our material plane is change. As the clouds gather and storm, so they will roll away toward the sea thereafter. Trust to the natural movement of events and you will see the realization of your desires.

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Recognize good fortune when you see it. No one knows the path of intensity and trials you have weathered, though now people want to share in what you have achieved. Tread lightly as you learn of harmony, order and growth. Don't wonder now as to when your next cleansing fire will lie in front of you. Take a deep breath with an uncluttered mind. Savor the moment.


HEXAGRAM #54- THE MARRYING MAIDEN

ON THE WAY TO SOMEWHERE ELSE

Everyone seems distracted,
Breaking off bits of happiness
Which never seem enough 
On the way to somewhere else.
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This is a complex hexagram containing a deep message about the flow of life, time, and love. The omen here speaks of a spark of light in a wide, dark eternity. There is a sadness to life. Why do certain melodies or words stir hidden emotions? It is April and snow is falling while a young robin looks out from under a sheltering bush. So deep is the spell of the Marrying Maiden.

Nurturing individuality is a lost art. It's like trying to find yourself in the mirror. Now you are yourself-beautiful, separate, even eccentric. Look, this is who you have become. Naturally, there will be difficulties. In the final end-too many. As the heavy gravity of life draws itself through innumerable changes, some will be sad. There is a time, which is a relative of water, and it smoothes down the jagged edges of personality. Each spring is different, like each person at birth. This year's will be beautiful, but I remember others before as well. Their spectrum of greens stay in my heart. So learn to say goodbye. You are lucky to have lived. We hope that is true. Once we breathed clean air and thought about the future.

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Your part in this play is that of a supporting character. Like many in your position, you may entertain higher aspirations-to win the day, get the love of the princess, etc. it may be hard to accept this advice, but make the most from all you have in your position. You are accomplishing more than you know.

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You are a beautiful person. You're as natural as the day. People move toward you like plants turn their faces to the sun from which they come. Stone and earth are the components of your character. You laugh at destruction and hope for peace. The world is lucky to know you.

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Compromise with society is absolutely necessary, if you are interested in having any freedom. It is wrong-headed to promote your own individuality for selfishness or cruelty. It is puzzling to think if our race could one day see the ever-present threat of peace. Still, at this late date, there is a certain amount of safety in blending in with the herd.

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You have a special quality. Call it "magic." You are not easily understood or forgotten. A red, true heart is the best life can offer. This heart you have and are known for it. You understand time, beyond the realm of reason. Once you were called a seeker. Now you seek for the sake of the search alone. The hypothetical imperative (that we go on for no particular reason and do it so passionately) is common knowledge to you.

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There is strength and good fortune in humility. The struggle in this material plane is so intense that we see progress as related to physical or spiritual aggression, yet when the gates are opened at the right time, blessings seem to flow through. The emptiness the soul feels when experiencing humility is more than filled by currents of power coming from the center of all things.

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There is a certain fatalistic feeling to life. You see the cycles and some of the changes bring loss. Life turns to death before your eyes. Even, and especially, the human race seems headed toward an extinct destiny-just another dinosaur in the mud. Yet life is hopeful still. "Truth is a hard deer to hunt," I read once in a story.


HEXAGRAM #55 - LATE SUMMER

BUT YOUR MIND IS ON THE SEA

Someone is coming around the corner
On a gray day in spring.
A dog's bark haunts a moving van,
But your mind is on the sea.
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Your life at present has the feeling of late summer. The trees and gardens have given up their recent harvest and a faint and distant gold has come upon the summer green.

Life seems to be changing, but the turning is slow and subtle. For so long you have traveled your own path, working for the peace you now have won. Stillness settles over the world, but you are mildly restless. Thoughts of the past surround you in a vague mist of melancholy feelings and the future seems just out of reach.

Even though your inner world may be unsettled, you must realize what is going on around you. People respect you. You have become a leader and inspirational figure who has a powerful impact on people. You have suffered in your day and fought hard for the character which seems so second nature to you now. You have had your days of doubt, and they strengthened your heart. Probably you feel the most important moments in your life are personal and involve some test of spirit which you are able to rise up and meet.

Be generous with your good nature. Days of storm may be in your future, but now it is time to shine. Like late summer basks in the richness of fruit and flower, so you must enjoy your life with little worry of the autumn ahead.

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You are fortunate to find someone who can understand and complete your personality. Good ideas can wither in a vacuum and creative energy can burn itself out, but together strong chemistry results. New heights can be viewed with your climbing partner, as your combined achievements reach their peak. The only way you could allow negatives to creep in would be to forget your individuality. Enjoy this union now, but realize your ultimate path can only be traveled by one-yourself.

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Just when you feel like things are going your way, you may meet with disillusionment. In your mood of trust, you are ripe to be used by someone low enough to abuse you good nature. Though you want to forcibly straighten things out, the best path is self-knowledge. Show this person you are an exceptional individual. Be straightforward and warm-hearted and the situation will miraculously clear up in your favor.

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What you have now is an abundance of confusion. Things should be going your way, but they aren't. the world has turned upside down all around, and believe it or not, you hold the secret of survival at this time. Don't become negative and self-critical. Most of the craziness around you will pass like a tornado. Try to build your personal strength and don't be surprised if others aren't particularly receptive to you at this time.

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You can feel a season of your life passing. The dark mood which covered your days has begun to lift and a fresh wind of hope energizes you. The energy increase which you feel cannot, by itself, help you past this period. What you need is a friend, someone with a level head and new ideas. This person is on the way to kindle the spark within you.

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One of the best ways to see the result of your action is to look around you. Do you see decent people, willing to tell the truth for the common good? Does loyalty join with humility in your friends and associates? You are rich in the qualities of leadership, but more extraordinarily, you have "magic" about you. Don't examine good fortune too much. Simply change it into more good fortune. Keep the inspiration flowing.

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It is very sad when someone turns his back on an abundance of good people in order to pursue some self-serving dream. Elitist illusions made it inevitable that your circle will narrow only until you remain within it. Unfortunately, your ego is your sensitive spot. This distorts you life-view and makes people valuable to you only as they feed your ego. Wise up! Don't betray your friends.


HEXAGRAM #56 - THE WANDERER

OTHER'S PEOPLE'S DREAMS

We live other people's dreams
While our life flashes by.
They wake to themselves
And we can't remember what we dreamed.
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All is wandering. The planets and stars go their way loosely confederated by gravity pin the truth of dark, cold space. Possibly you are drifting through these incarnations now.

Are you dreaming while awake? Something is happening to you in the hours before morning when you are already up and watching dawn of the new day. You are deep in your Tao, but the stranger is a stranger to himself. Your identity is your lack of identity. Don't be surprised if there are two people in you now-the familiar face that comes and goes through the world, and another face, perhaps one you don't even know yet.

The secret of the nomad is that he isn't there at all. He is the sound of horses fading and the smell of towers burning. The nomad is the wind made flesh, the stranger with the changing face. Let the situation coalesce around you. Take something from every moment. It's all you, right now.

Another interesting facet of being "the wanderer" is the broad scope of life you will experience. While others tend to root in one spot and fully integrate with their surroundings, you tend to be at home everywhere and nowhere. Many religions, philosophies, moral inclinations, pleasures, and struggles will reveal themselves to you. In spite of the variety with which you are dedicated to spicing your life, there will be feelings of melancholy and dissatisfaction which tempt you to doubt your path. In the end the doubts won't matter. What matters is the positive attitude you must wear like a cloak to ease your journey and to ensure safe passage for "the wanderer."

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You can't afford to waste your time in pointless societal squabbles. A person such as yourself will look shamelessly foolish gossiping and playing verbal games. Are you trying too hard for acceptance? What do you really want? If all you think you need is to be one of a particular group, then perhaps you had better evaluate your whole system of priorities. If you sell yourself out, with all the potential you have, won't you seem pathetic to yourself and others?

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Your positive attitude has won you friends on the road of life. Day after day you have worked with yourself-trying not to lose the thread of meaning you unraveled so long ago. You have taken it on yourself to ease the world's tensions the only way anyone can-by beginning with yourself. Consequently, people are attracted by the magnetism of your character. Let yourself enjoy a union with another person. Regard it as natural as the seasons.

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Watch out stranger. Of all the talents you need to cultivate, discrimination is the most urgent. It is one thing to have a loose group of acquaintances who enjoy you superficially for your charm, wit, personal appearance, etc., and it is quite another for you to get swept away believing this group constitutes a close group of friends. That would be a mistake, leaving you alone and basically lacking true support when you need it most. What does loyalty mean to you? Doesn't love and true friendship need a long period of growth and testing?

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Since being a wanderer takes you through every conceivable experience, inevitably you will go through a period of settling down. You have great talent for most situations in life, so it's no mystery that your settled time would have many areas of success. You will be materially blessed and experience a period of relative emotional peace. All the while, something inside will be calling out to you for change, if just for the sake of change. Since you have put down some roots, you will feel disturbed and doubtful about this restlessness which your spirit won't let go.

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It takes sometime to comprehend what a situation truly demands. It is natural to apply old thought patterns to new situations, but in this case you've got to try another way. You'll feel a bit alienated and possibly suffer some awkward moments, but the people with whom you desire union will realize the heart behind your honest gesture. This ability to adapt is surely your greatest talent and is well suited to your nomadic lifestyle. You win the attention of the people you need to help you survive.

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There is a harshness about you that all your charm can't conceal. Those closest to you know what it is to be a casualty of your restless search for yourself. Somehow, it is easy for you to throw away things which have precious value. Your lust for worldly pleasure can lead you to turn your back on the very qualities you need most. Ironically, you see true gentleness and modesty as unattractive traits initially because they can't drown out the dizzying rush of your material desires. This is sad because your way is to regret what you lost through your own carelessness. It'll make a great movie, but an unfortunate life.


HEXAGRAM #57 - THE GENTLE, THE PENETRATING

MANIC OPPRESSION

Kings come and go.
Warriors die in bed dreaming bright battles.
Lovers hurl themselves off frightening ledges.
And quiet lives gather leaves
The same way
Today and tomorrow.
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Gentleness has power to change and effect others. Sometimes human nature doubts this in a world where violence and aggression seem to rule the day, however, you want more than quick domination and short term gratification-you seek the true change and continuous evolution which can only be brought about consistency and dedication. You've seen it around you-so many people giving up on themselves for the usual human reasons, but this is not your way. Keep everything on a low, passionate flame, as you build the kind of life you want for the long-haul. You have many strong, attractive qualities and must resist your desires to be a flashy performer as you socialize. You are aware of the needs of people (and yourself) to be treated with respect. This respect is a powerful building foundation upon which the bits and pieces of your good karma will be laid. Get everything going for you as you use the accumulated revelations you have experienced, as well as wise counsel for someone close. To free yourself, be yourself. You will prove yourself to others by being steadfast and pleasantly predictable, even in chaotic situations. You will be trusted because you are unfailingly kind, and loved because your quiet, subtle intensity is irresistible. All your personal growth and growing-up has lead to this point-you are who you wanted to be.

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You must have strong powers of discrimination so you can decipher the clues of this time. Gentleness could dissolve into aimlessness, and this could hurt you. Your reactions to changing events are fluid (a good sign) and your value system is intact. Use these strengths to give you the courage of your convictions. Even the most humane spirit must take up arms in its own defense at some time. Dedicate maximum intensity to the complexities before you-be a warrior.

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You must penetrate into some dark place now. All manner of subtle spells may be cast over you-they will erode all your positive progress unless they are unearthed and revealed. This is a time to invoke all your mystical powers. Your sixth sense, ESP, and intuition are needed now. When you find the sources of negativity, and you will, use your "white magic" to render them harmless. This won't be an easy time, but you need a change from your usual "let it slide" approach.

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Caution! You are thinking too much. It is only human to believe that reason and logic can show the solution for problems which carry many complexities, however, we ourselves are walking paradoxes, and, try as we might with the expansive powers of our ordinary minds, we can't solve ourselves. Make a decision. Do anything. Right now motion is more important than perfection. You will get less respect from others, as they see you immobile and static. Be master of your destiny. Self-mastery is the key.

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This is a good time to be seeking answers. You have energy and willpower, but these alone will not carry you through. You must use your most penetrating powers of perception to see the heart of all that surrounds you. People may admire your considerable personal gifts, but most prized by others and desired by them is your world-view. You have taken the time to observe the passing world in depth, and others need to see through your eyes. Take time to develop you balance of spiritual, social, and personal attributes. This is a good time to believe in yourself.

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Things have been unstable for a while, but those days are drawing to an end. The tide of fortune favors you now because you have prepared well for the changes which must come. Get yourself under control and think things over. What is going to happen? Where does the path you are traveling really lead? Satisfy yourself that you have done the best you could and keep your determination on a slow burn. To delve into the real depths of fate and fortune, sit down after you have implemented some changes and refinements and think everything through again. There will be magic in your mind.

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Don't over extend yourself. You are a kind of psychic detective and you see deeply into the whirlpool of humanity. Observing and learning from the whirlpool is one thing, falling in is quite another. If you look for trouble now, you'll get more than you can handle. Don't put yourself in a position where you'll have to grovel at anyone's feet. Avoid danger.


HEXAGRAM #58 - JOY

SHADOWPLAY

The lover's hands
Become a shadowplay
For all the words
Trapped in their skin.
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Don't be misled by the title of this hexagram. You might not feel ecstatic and lighthearted at every turn. There might even be a touch of melancholy, a bittersweet feeling about life, in your world-view right now. What you have going for you is a simple enjoyment of life which is infectious. There is some beautiful secret of life waiting to be found by you now, and all it takes is the depth to search the hearts of your fellow man. It is within your power to lighten up the situation wherever you happen to land, and this gift of spirit will be very intoxicating. At moments you may be so successful in greasing the social machinery that you get carried away in the flow. This would be a good time to immerse yourself in the sensuality of food, drink and physical company.

The real penetrating secrets, however, won't be found on the festive surface of any encounters. This is a time when important revelations about life, love, fear, and hope will be found by you. Listen with your heart and encourage your friends and loved ones to speak from their hearts. Be aware that you have the power to inspire right now. Perhaps you will give a piece of advice at the right time, or share a philosophy of life you have developed, or use a common intellectual experience to lead to deeper levels of understanding. You will find this time surprising and unusual. Cultivate a sincere appreciation for your life and be generous in sharing any bounty you have created.

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Take a walk. Your life moves by with the clouds and wind. Everything is natural. You understand the beauty and necessity of rainy days as well, when the damp chill is offset by a human warmth within. You sense the similarity between troubles and pleasures, as you embrace the paradox. Things get done in the doing and in the stillness. Life is no mystery now. You know life. Its pulse beats gently with your own. Look to the center of all things for the quiet, inner voice which advises you and guides you.

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In your quest for needed good times you might be tempted to go backward-possibly to some former pleasure which is not truly related to the who you've become. Fortunately, you are sincere about your life-a strength which has always been one of your best qualities. Your sincerity will be a source of self-discipline and a shield of karma, keeping those who would attempt to use you at a distance. Be sincerely encouraging to everyone because you might work a miracle without even knowing right now.

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This line cautions against giving your ordinary mind control over the ways you seek pleasure. Our lives are filled with external stimuli-everywhere sound television, magazines-all designed to enflame meaningless desires for which you exchange your money, time and life energy. It is nearly impossible to be free of this damaging barrage, but you can fight for meaningful activity. Are you doing anything to help you grow, expand your mind, or develop your talents? Are you caught up in social games, drug or alcohol abuse, or society's prescribed demands? You are what you do. Don't forget it and don't be surprised if meaningless pleasures don't make you feel good about yourself or your life.

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Always our higher and lower natures are speaking to us. How do you want to spend your precious life? It seems that much of the material world is a temple built to honor the desires of the ordinary mind, but is there that much happiness in it all? Why is there so much misery in every socioeconomic level? Money, sex, drugs, ambition, power-the lower self makes these gods. Examine the promptings of your higher self. What alternatives are there to offer you a key to the meaning behind it all. Try another way.

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Watch where you put your faith and trust. You are basically simple and you attempt to live by taking people at their words. This may be just an easy cop-out for not being more discriminating about people. You love the good times and even thin and superficial positive encounters excite you, but until you learn to look more deeply into the hearts of people, you'll be beset constantly by problems you bring on yourself. Fortunately, your mistakes will be mostly small and merely waste your time. Can't you get beyond this kind of annoying personal lapse once and for all?

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Many people go through what you are experiencing now. They become "owned by the world." That is, they become all the desires and worthless pastimes the culture would have them become. Their time and destiny is no longer their own. They are caught up with the swimming pool in the backyard, the next pretty face, the newest mind-altering substance, and are forever cut off from hope of controlling themselves. Does this sound familiar? Fight for the simple, truthful pleasures for which your soul hungers.


HEXAGRAM #59 - SPRING FEVER

WALKING THE WIRE

Walking the wire
In a dream-heavy sleep,
Ocean wild on one side-
Lime-green Grand Canyon
Deep in the other, 
A piece of straw between your teeth.
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You know the feeling. Remember the hard days of winter, of secrets betrayed and cynicism. The cold snow of suspicion had you so far from where you are today. You see the stars again, life is green again. You can hardly believe you are close to the universal force again, but it is true. The first golden haze of spring is around and the tired old soul inside you is warm and young. What do you believe in? Why is life? You will see and feel your answer to that question now. This is not to say things will be ringing in perfect harmony, in fact, you sense danger at every turn, and are still surprised when it surfaces. Do you recognize the signs? The current of life is flowing endlessly through you. In a single day you will experience many changes of emotions and attitude. You are in, love with life. Yes, you have seen much of love, sorrow, and of hope-but the springs just keep coming with their green message. Ask for the moon right now and believe in everything. You have complete faith that everything you are giving so generously to the world (time, money, etc.) will return multiplied, and you have such a deep connection with your positive feelings that you don't care about the balance now. Freedom is your protection and blessing.

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This is a great time to show leadership by generosity to others. People naturally are suspicious of others' motives, but you can make a strong showing by giving freely. No one can really be unaffected by an open heart. You pride yourself on standing behind your words and deeds and this time will be a test. Things are easier than they seem.

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Good vibrations come from confronting yourself. You're not as complex as you think sometimes. Listen to the simple song in your heart. Go for a walk or sit down and gently think things over; chances are you'll discover you have a friend in yourself. Deal honestly with yourself and don't be afraid of self-criticism. You are a great person with all kinds of human potential.

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Forget any peace and quiet you have been experiencing. There is no more time for this now. You will be completely absorbed in the world around you. Plan to relax as you go and get your thinking time in motion. You realize that the great message of life is change. You are truly scattered on high winds-go with the currents.

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You are going to be deep in your own path for awhile. Light-hearted times of friendship will seem a dim memory, as you move through a personal dream world. You will see far, but things near you will seem more distant. Trust your deepest feelings and don't be surprised at some psychological rough spots. Somehow you will be above it all at a place only you can find.

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You have abundance coming to you. Hidden talents and unusual situations will be plentiful. You are a creative person who responds intuitively to situations and right now your extra spiritual and mental energy are needed all around your life. Believe that your counsel is clear and strong; be assertive in making and breaking decisions.

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You are super-sensitive to danger right now. Don't feel guilty about being overly cautious. You simply don't want to wreck all the progress you have been trying to make. If you take time to do the right thing as you see it, you will open unimaginable doors for yourself. You have powers and charms and the freedom to do what you want with them.


HEXAGRAM #60 - LIMITATION

YOU CAN'T OUTRUN THE HORIZON

Roads curve longer
Around the earth,
Longer than anyone.
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This will be a confusing time for you. You must thoroughly acquaint yourself with the middle-ground in your life. You must be conservative and liberal at the same time. There will be a strong need to discriminate between events which tend to strip away your vital energy and those which increase your human potential. You have many interests and you have been in a period of expansion and generous expenditure of spirit which must now be cut back. You are not a particularly willful person now, and it is possible that you could lose yourself on the many paths of the material world, if you don't find your rightful road and keep on it. It's not that in following your nose won't find ways to grow and learn, but you are prone to wander.

Confusion will come as you sense the need to discipline your eagerness to join your karma with the karma of others. You have external and internal signs which plead caution. Physical and/or emotional upset would be concrete proof your balance has slipped. You will try to restore that balance, but fall prey to a natural overreaction, thus causing another imbalance. Your ordinary mind may tell you you have calculated the answer to your problems, but something will still feel wrong, and no peace will be found.

Peace comes now as brother to freedom. Though control and restraint have been appropriate, they are not ends in themselves. Your will builds a bridge in thin air. The mind works for the heart's desires. You will come to realize you are more than an idea of discipline. You will learn the dangerous and exciting lesson of spirit freedom.

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Hold back and hold on. Develop your character silently in the face of worldly temptation to show your secret resources. In fact, many of the qualities you will need later have yet to evolve completely. Get close to yourself and learn about your own inner workings. See the truth in the mirror you hold up to your heart and soul. The world will be there to deal with when the time is right.

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You must decisively take advantage of an outward opportunity. The days behind may have caused you to mistrust your own judgment, but you've got to believe in your inner voice. Your intuition tells you to move with the time and it struggles with the mind's preconceptions. Remember, the mind serves the heart. Instead of letting the mind construct limitations, put it to work on the opportunity right in front of you. If you feel tentative and divided, move! Your Tao is motion and progress.

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It would be a foolish and serious mistake for you to believe you are completely manipulated by the values adopted by your society. It is true that we all are influenced by our environment, but to blame personal corruption on a social structure is the cheapest and deadliest mind-game. If you feel lazy and amoral, stand up for yourself and realize your freedom is on the line. It isn't anyone else's fault that you feel so limited. Look to where you stand.

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It is a sad waste of energy to struggle needlessly with the inevitable. The undeniable facts of the human condition will remain long after we are gone. All positive change begins in individuals and all energy could be channeled to this end. The lost days and lives will never come back, even to the dreamer. There is a person inside your skin and behind your eyes. The world will continue to turn and seek the identity of the traveler inside you.

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You have become what your heart desired you to be. You embody the essence of true leadership, since you exemplify the qualities you value. Others listen to you, not because you are forceful and magnetic alone, but because you inspire change and growth. All the work you have done on yourself and your attitude will naturally flow into the matters at hand. You have a right to the beautiful harvest waiting to be taken. Everywhere on the road of your life your name is spoken.

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Your role as leader is coming to a conclusion. As the seasons give way each to each, so do circumstances dictate change in direction. The values you have sought to perpetuate among people have become inappropriate to present needs, and if you cling to the past, you will come to have sadness and struggle. Turn away from outward entangle and be serious about what really matters to you. You know what you want to be. Be it uncompromisingly. What you lose at the crossroads will be found further down the road.


HEXAGRAM #61 - INNER TRUTH

DIFFERENT PEOPLE

I have given you everything
Even myself,
But here
I know we are different people.
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Overview

Perhaps you have wandered off your path of late. You know you pride yourself on understanding-the kind that comes from a deep perception of things as they really are. You probably began learning the lessons of life at an early age, and, because of your insights, you have felt so isolated at times from others who are so embroiled in the continuous flow of human distraction. Lately though, you have had some distractions of your own and need to realize once again who you really are. You have no need to realize once again who you really are. You have no need to get upset now-particularly with the actions of others. How long ago did you learn people will do what they want to do based on their needs not yours? Let them go in peace, especially if you have felt slighted or injured in some way. Let your inner truth tell you that it is only your way of hurting yourself. You have come so far inside yourself. Don't let a moment's crossed wires of feelings spark a negative turn of mind. Be yourself. Separate from the pockets of ill feeling and realize the only true space you can ever command is the space in which you stand.

Go one step further than mere understanding. Be generous in spirit; it is your most appealing quality. Let others know you care and feel for them. It is in this true empathy that you will learn in about life. Didn't you realize long ago that your meaning of life exists all around you, in everything material and spiritual, and in every moment of human contact. On this beautiful windy day you can lose yourself in the thick forest of life, and in losing yourself, you will find yourself.

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All people have secrets. Even when they say they are being completely open, they are holding something back. This phenomena causes uncertainty in human relationships, as it is hard to perceive what is really going on. You have your secrets too. If you get this line, it is time for you to learn that your peace of mind is not dependent on how other people fulfill your secret wishes. You don't show others what you really want, and can turn on them when they don't do it. Not only will you confuse the people with whom you are trying to relate, but it will lead you to misplaced anger and frustration. Do some work on your own inner priorities.

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Other people can be as completely confused by their inner and outer lives as you can at times. This line speaks of actions which cut through that static and clearly inspire everyone around. You have this power to attract other people who long for clarity, which is simple to you, but seems nearly magical and mystical to them. Be true to yourself now-create and expect surprises. Enjoy friendship as it springs up around you, and have faith in the eventual growth of seeds of karma you have planted.

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If you become too dependent on any person you love, they may become your enemy. People need to feel a certain strength from their friends and lovers-strength from which, in turn, they can draw. While it may be flattering to another person to hand over your ego on a silver platter, it gets to be too much of a burden and ends up sapping their vital energies. When they feel overburdened they will turn on you, leaving you in a hard position. You will have to develop the strength of character you had given up previously, and it will take some time to get on your feet. This is a strange cycle, but is one of the ways love can breed opposition and contention.

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A goal you were counting on and cooperating with another person for will never come to pass. You may feel disappointed at all the wasted potential and sadness this time will bring, but you will come face to face with the spirit of your life again. If a relationship has ended, you must adjust your vision and develop appropriate plans. Be ever-mindful of your human potential and realize that now, more than ever, you must continue the progress you began so long ago. Allow nothing to pull you down.

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You are strong and have penetrating personal magnetism. The situation you find yourself in depends on your varied interpersonal skills to hold different personalities to a common course. There is a general truth, a kind of positive vibration , which you symbolize. This quality is rare and appreciated by most people. While you can make things work out between people on the strength of your will, other people may not be so dedicated to getting along with each other. This is the line of leadership based on confidence and determination.

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This is the line of ego-examination. It is one thing to be confident and bold in the face of changing circumstances, and quite another to be foolish and boastful. You have magic in your words and a smooth and attractive personal style, and you want to know how to use them. What do you want to be? Do you want to lead by wild claims or by offering a solid and consistent example? This is the time to cultivate your daily life as an expression of your faith and humility. Let go of the easy, temporary, and ultimately useless gains of the ego. Build yourself something to grow on.


HEXAGRAM #62 - COOLING OUT

WAITING FOR NOTHING

I used to think
The secrets were right there
Below the surface
Waiting to be captured.  
Now I've learned
I am waiting for nothing.
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Overview

The concept of "cooling-out' is very significant. The pressurized world conditions us to want more, climb higher and exercise our ego incessantly. "Cooling out" is a reverse process, whereby you adjust your focus to a more tranquil and humanistic approach containing less obsession, desire, and willful scheming. Probably you have felt the temptations to "go for it" lately-that there are things or relationships you could have, if you pursued them. Possibly you have felt confident in your abilities and talents lately, but this is a time for a gathering inward of your energies. You may find a rocky or awkward road with people now. Just be content to stick to your path and don't be surprised if people feel temporarily alienated from you. Little things mean everything now. Gone are the broad, sweeping, larger-than-life ideas which recently fired your spirit. Now you must be master of your own ground. What are your duties, responsibilities, and appropriate roles within your social structure? Personal magic rules the days of "cooling out." Once you get yourself under control with the right adjustments, you'll find that there are many successes waiting for you. Listen to people; be one of the many and let your feelings respond to the cues you take from other people you encounter. Employ the strategies of simplicity and economy. Eat one meal a day. Spend less money. Conserve your words and make them count when spoken. People may look at you as a bit of an eccentric or social disappointment, and the truth of your new self is something you won't be able to explain. "Cooling out" requires humility-the humility which suggests you establish order in yourself-not by excessive discipline or asceticism, but by the merging of yourself with greater stillness-the stillness in which the human condition can be seen and shared. This will produce good fortune.

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You've got to be ready to face events with all your forces intact and functioning at optimum level. If your lack of humility forces you to rush out before your act is together, you will have serious problems. You will feel stray currents of desire and frustration now, but try to resist being drawn into danger. Life has enough trouble for anyone, and the last thing any of us need to do is go looking for complications. Have a good talk with yourself and see if stubbornness might land you in difficulties.

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Unusual things are happening. You probably have been placed in a peculiar situation requiring some special strength which is not particularly evident in your character right now. Just do the best you can. It doesn't matter what level the general public demands you to achieve-it's all just talk anyway. Be yourself and believe in the simple paths which you trust. Though others may be looking for a hero, you fight to maintain anonymity. Everything seems strained, but you can trust yourself here.

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There is a secret which you need to know. If you have faith tat it will be opened to you, it will come out. Don't be foolishly proud now and think you are beyond danger or harm. Your personal or spiritual freedom cannot be maintained by remaining aloof when trouble is afoot. Look deeply into the hearts of those close to you, and will hidden information to come to the surface. No one will protect you, if you will not protect yourself.

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Outward passion will betray your weaknesses to those who would cause problems for you. Don't be too quick to divulge anything you are thinking. Display a very "cooled-out" exterior-one that anyone conspiring against you would have to waste precious energy in fathoming. While your demeanor is steel and ice, your inner world radiates the sources of determination and perseverance. You will overcome, if you believe in yourself. Develop the "fluid plan," which adapts itself to changing circumstances and is dedicated to producing the best reactions to intense and challenging situations.

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Something should be happening, but it isn't. The recent past has brought you to a point where you expect something good to happen. Don't get desperate if things don't immediately turn out the way you want. Swallow your ego and reach out for human assistance. Your energies need the catalyst another person could provide, so use your highly developed powers of discrimination and analysis to find just the right complement for you. The only problem is that you may be too late and a positive situation will have slipped through your fingers, if you don't see to the heart of every happening and every person.

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This line suggests a difficulty in "cooling out." The major problem which arises at such a time is "burn-out." You go too far in every direction and forget the simple principles which have carried you so far. You can't inhale the world or exhale all your problems. You've got to find the balance which will give problems a chance to pass you by like heavy weather would a well-sheltered deer in a forest. Get some rest, good food, be careful of drugs and/or alcohol, and step back a bit from people. Drive safely and give yourself a vacation-now.


HEXAGRAM #63- AFTER COMPLETION

MODERN WITCHES

The modern witches' incantation
Whispered through my daydream,
"When you think you're done,
you've just begun."
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Overview

Work and willpower are no strangers to you. You have been diligent in your dedication to a goal which you have recently realized, but now you must turn your attention to the future. To wait and plan and long for a change tends to transform an individual into being more at home in the future than the past. When the change is effected and the desired happenings are no longer in the future but in the past and fleeting present, then the future direction becomes unclear. Then, as we savor our accomplishments and bask in memories, we forget that the time beyond needs continued, if not more intense, attention.

Now is the time to use logic and intuition to ascertain the possible appearance of strain and limitation. If we can feel the coming of future conflicts, we can begin to carefully increase our resources to withstand the pressures.

You have worked hard for the advantage in time and space you are currently enjoying-this spells good karma since, as creatures of habit, strong determination will not be easily abandoned as your personal creed. Develop your spiritual side now and realize that within it lies considerable power to help you later. Your life is a garden, and once the flowers and vegetables begin to grow, they must be guarded and cultivated so as not to lose them to foolish accident or oversight. Remember, what you do now will be even more important and dramatic when its fruit returns in the harvest of positive and negative fate.

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The outer world changes in many ways. You may fall out of favor or into favor as quickly as new attitudes sweep through fashions. Regard skeptically all such rushes and temporary explosions. Don't be deluded by public opinion. Nod and smile at everyone, but keep moving. Keep yourself above quick changes. These changes will effect you since you do live in a world of people, but they can not hold you down or force you to relinquish your essential individuality. Be your best self and you will survive.

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This is a time for humility. Often humility is easily expressed during times of abundant success, since one feels thankful and fortunate, but right now the gaze of society has withdrawn from your door. You are being taken for granted in your work and emotional life. No one is taking the time to review your many superior qualities, but you can not get attention for yourself by consciously attracting it or seeking it. Recognition will come to you at the right time. In the meantime, cultivate your talents and character all the harder as a humble sacrifice to the changes of fate and fortune.

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Don't overreach. You are strong and ambitious, but just because you feel anxious to expand your sphere of influence doesn't mean it will be good for you. Try to be objective about your strengths and weaknesses-don't romanticize yourself and your struggles-fantasy and reality must be carefully differentiated. Should you seek to widen your horizons, be aware that any ground you conquer will require continuous effort which will eventually drain you. Your power and energy would be wisely expended on making yourself sensitive and respectful to yourself and all others. In this way the territory of the heart grows and stands firm.

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Watch for the signs which foretell coming difficulties. Others might be temporarily stirred up over something and then return to their busy lives, but you must see beyond the obvious. Let your intuition speak to you. Knowing the right time to be vigilant promotes the balance you need to continue your character development. Worry isn't watchfulness. You must realize that understanding is growing inside you. Don't be pulled under by suspicion. Be naturally good to all as you silently protect your ground.

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Empty philosophy or self-delusion won't help the situation now. Be careful success doesn't breed egotistical self-confidence, which leads to grander, showier gestures. A small act of human generosity administered at the right moment for spectacular results is imminent. You will miss it if you lack sensitivity. Still, if your heart is right, trust your luck.

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A challenge is presented to you. You are at odds with yourself, and you realize that something must be done. Something is haunting you, but you must turn your back on the spell which entraps you. Keep your momentum and you will be safe. Your peace is in motion, not necessarily to some overwhelming goal, merely the intuitive motion which has enabled you to tread dangerous ground, like the ground now upon which you stand.


HEXAGRAM #64 - BEFORE COMPLETION

COME BACK DRAGONS

The childhood goblins, half-grown fears
And sad realizations
Have come back dragons
Disguised as life, death and love.

The childhood wonder and faith
Have come back strong arms 
And a wizard's mind.
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Overview

A great change is brewing in your life. All the karmic streams have merged and seem to be heading toward a dramatic flood point. You are excited, yet unsettled about the potential this time suggests, which accounts for the flashes of doubt and questioning in your intuition. So many times you have said and believed that you have learned from your experiences. The thought of repeating past mistakes is a sad waste of life to you; you have experienced this waste and have seen it in the lives close to you. This is the nature of karma-that the unlearned lessons will haunt life and pain will perpetuate itself. You know these things, but now you carefully cross the ice again. All the wisdom you have gained must be integrated into the moment-by-moment decisions you will make in these days. If you become swayed by the voice of ego, which will assure you that you have learned all the lessons and are above making mistakes, you are in serious trouble. You will then find yourself face-to-face with a real karmic lesson. All the old demons and problems which most threaten your peace of mind will be alive and well and back in the forefront of your life. The very thought of this turn of events is motivation enough for caution. You have come too far to throw thoughtlessly away all the progress you have made.

There is a strong suggestion that if you successfully navigate the powerful crosscurrents of this time, you will come to see the monumental, hopeful, and natural change promised by this last hexagram of the I Ching. The ultimate lesson is change itself. Each moment, each season, each life is giving way to the next. Doors will be forever opening and closing to the traveling spirit, as your old world is passing and your new one about to begin.

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You can not rush completion. It must come at the right time for all involved. The irony of this line is that you can best exercise your leadership qualities by not going ahead this time. You will be tempted to seize the time because you sense an advantage ripe for the taking. Be careful that what seems to be a gain (perhaps materially-money, etc.) might in reality be a loss. What you need now is not necessarily to accept the obvious opportunity, but to carefully examine the entanglements that come with it. It would profit you to hold back your influence and let events find their natural course. If you make a mistake here, others will know it and hold you responsible for the resulting problems.

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Use creative visualization now to pave the way for future success. If you act overtly, you will lose. If you become passive and accepting, you will find yourself without an important opportunity which awaits you. However, if you project a positive image of the future within yourself, strengthening your character and spirit, then you will be accomplishing a great deal. Worry about whether you should go forward or not, and all the neurotic indulgences which attend that use of your mind, will drain your energies and make it difficult to see the right path when it emerges. Timing is everything now and you go with the flow.

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Things appeared to be heading in a certain direction and all the signs seemed to point to action on your part, but a strange turn of events has come. The apparent road has vanished into thin air leaving you with frustrated energies. Without losing stride you begin to channel the storehouse of energy you have accumulated to a new and more appropriate task. Other people join you now and immerse themselves in this undertaking. Frustration falls away and confusion clears, as the new goal you seek offers the completion which was denied your original effort.

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Lucky for you that you are a strong person. You've been building your character for some time, biding your time as you wait for your fate to show its hand. Now is the time for great things to be accomplished for yourself. It will not, however, fall into your lap. More than likely you will expose the decadence (inside you and in your would) which needs to be washed away so fresh growth can begin. You will be strong, and, with determination over a long period of time, amazing rewards will be gained in the battle.

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You see the change begin to break like a wave you felt coming recently. Fortunately, you are perfectly suited to the changes and needs of this time. A talent you possess is the ability to see through superficial hassles and entanglements to the basic truths of life, and this will be a time when people will be open to your observations. You will help yourself and others simply by sharing perceptions and listening to the feeling behind their words. In this way you could act as a friendly therapist, and don't be surprised if you see someone go through a dark cloud to a new positive attitude right before your eyes, aided by your understanding and compassion.

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You sense that completion is secured and the situation is well in hand. This lull in the confusion produces a relaxed and social atmosphere between people who have shared trying days. While you deserve a rest and some distance between yourself and harsh reality, do not seek for artificial anesthesia. Alcohol, drugs, and the intoxication of ego will throw you off the track and make the goal for which you have been searching disappear. How ironic that you could win the obvious outward struggle and lose your way in a moment of apparent peace. You have not crossed the ice until you are no longer standing on it.