I Ching Weekly Reflection

Much of feng shui's foundational information is rooted in the I Ching, one of the oldest books from China. You ask an open ended question and reflect on the answer. Each week I ask the question "What do I need to know this week?" and post the response. Studying the meaning of the hexagrams is an excellent way of connecting with current energies, noticing patterns, and learning how to "go with the flow." The first hexagram is for the present and the second one is for the future. The changing lines are a bridge from "now" to "then." This page begins with January 1, 2017.

May you find the reflections helpful. For a personalized reading, contact Peg Donahue.

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

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hexagram 32: Continuing changes to Hexagram 43: Resolution.Changing lines: 1 and 5. Hexagram 32: Thunder over Wind forms the condition for Continuing. Work within established systems to bring about order, unity, and security to you and your community. Introduce new thought while adhering to the foundations that support sound growth and a well-ordered life.

Changing line 1: Do not embrace a method or system that is new to you at this time. Life-style changes evolve over time.
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Changing line 5: Apply appropriate effort for what you desire. Use earthly methods for Earthly things and spiritual for Spiritual.

Hexagram 43: Lake over Heaven forms the condition for Resolution. Threatening forces are in a position to be eradicated. This must be done in the open and without violence. Deny your adversaries power by moving in the direction of what is good for common welfare. Raise issues frankly and honestly, without judgment. Bonds are strengthened as resolution springs from your heart.

July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019

Hexagram 22 Grace changes to Hexagram 56: Traveling.

Changing lines: 1 and 4.

Hexagram 22:
Mountain over Fire forms the condition for Grace. Fire at the foot of the Mountain creates a perfect time to bring clarity to your mind, happiness to your heart, and peace to your soul. This is an enriching time for self development and self expression. An exceptional time for inspiration.

Changing line 1: Move forward with self-directed integrity and authenticity, Avoid false pretenses.

Changing line 4: Choose between or outer or inner path. the inner path is one of deeper self-knowlefge and simplicity.

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

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Hexagram 60: Limitations changes to Hexagram 41: Decline.

Changing lines: 5 and 6.

Hexagram 60:
Water over Lake forms the condition for Limitations. This is a time to set practical limits related to money, time, energy, emotions, and behavior, to bring future opportunity. Life without guidelines can be confusing and unsettling. Practical rules and regulations limit extravagant practices, help conserve resources, and bring balance. For steady progress and true meaning, define and observe reasonable limits in all you do.

Changing line 5: Be an example for others by experiencing the restrictions for yourself and making sure that they help to improve things.

Changing line 6: Restrict yourself. Allow others to choose for themselves. Limiting others may bring resentment.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Hexagram 53: Developing changes to Hexagram 31: Attraction.

Changing lines: 4 and 6.

Hexagram 53:
Wind over Mountain forms the condition for Developing. This is a time of natural unfolding of events. Allow the situation to develop gradually. Success comes as you maintain a clear vision of your plans while adapting to established traditions.

Changing line 4: Be flexible as you cultivate your success. Work around obstacles and difficulties.

Changing line 6: You set a good example for others as you achieve your successes. Good fortune.

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

Hexagram 13: Heaven over Fire forms the condition for Community. This is a favorable time for new endeavors. Society functions best when each member is gainfully employed, excelling doing something they love, and contributing to society's overall goals. Focus on the creation of structure, processes, and healthy disciplines to help everyone align with the greater good.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Hexagram 58: Encouraging.

There are no changing lines.

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

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Hexagram 8: Unity changes to Hexagram 45: Assembling.

Changing line: 4.

Hexagram 8:
Water over Earth forms the condition for Unity. Unity brings good fortune. Take advantage of the opportunities that arise. If you are uncertain, return to your plan. Procrastination brings misfortune. The time is right to lead, be heard and influence others.

Changing line 4: Openly support leaders in your community while remembering allegiance to self.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hexagram 53: Developing changes to Hexagram 62: Conscientiousness.

Changing lines: 4 and 6.

Hexagram 53:
Wind over Mountain forms the condition for Developing. This is a time natural unfolding of events. Allow the situation to develop gradually. Success comes as you maintain a clear vision of your plans while adapting to established traditions.

Changing line 4: Be flexible as you cultivate your success. Work around obstacles and difficulties.

Changing line 6: You set a good example for others as you achieve your successes. Good fortune.

Hexagram 62: Thunder over Mountain forms the condition for Conscientiousness. This is a time for inner development and humility. Pay attention to detail and practice self control. Watch finances carefully and be conservative with expenditures. You will find good fortune by staying "below the radar" and quietly performing your life's work with dignity and diligence. Winter is an excellent time for deep, inner development.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Hexagram 6: Conflict changes to Hexagram 48: The Source.

Changing lines: 3, 4, and 5.

Hexagram 6:
Heaven over Water forms the condition for Conflict. It is a time of spiritual maturing. The path you have chosen leads to a state of (inner or outer) conflict, obstacles, and opposition. Stop and reconsider your original premise. Consider all facets of the situation and weigh the merits of all options. Look at the situation from another's perspective. Stay away from open confrontation. Do not force the issue: misunderstandings cannot be overcome with force. Hold back on major changes until the time is right.

Changing line 3: Act honorably. Good fortune results.

Changing line 4: Gather your resources, The way will be shown when the time is right.

Changing line 5: Look to an objective and fair authority to resolve the conflict, if need be.

Hexagram 48: Water over Wind forms the condition for The Source. The Source is the inexhaustible pool of collective nourishment and truth available to each of us. With a peaceful and reflective approach, go deep inside to gain clarity about the matter at hand. The deeper you go, the more meaningful your insight may be. Practice acceptance over judgment.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence changes to Hexagram 18: Repair.

Changing line: 5.

Hexagram 57:
Wind over Wind forms the condition for Penetrating Influence. Imagine a steady and gentle wind. The power of the mind through concentration is enhanced. A vision of what you want to accomplish, along with patience, and a long-term commitment brings success. Gradual, inconspicuous effort in a consistent direction brings progress. A gentle approach is key.Repair

Changing line 5: As you establish new roots, humility and generosity will meet with acceptance and success.

Hexagram 18: Mountain over Wind forms the condition for Repair. The object of your inquiry would benefit from an adjustment. The time is excellent for making amends or changes. You have the ability to change or repair your circumstances. Consider the path that led to this situation and do not be lulled into inertia by the magnitude of the task. The situation will develop new energy and inspiration once the problems are removed. Avoid slipping back into complacency.

Hexagram 16: Thunder over Earth forms the condition for Harmonize.Listen to your inner voice. You are in a position to harmonize socially and communicate your ideas and interests. Do so by aligning your values with those of society and gain the cooperation of others. Anticipate what is needed. Select enthusiastic supporters. the path of truth is always the path of least resistance.

Sunday, April 29, 2019

Sunday, April 29, 2019

Hexagram 50: Cosmic Order changes to Hexagram 21: Reform.

Changing lines: 1, 2 and 3.

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

Changing line 3: Maintain a positive attitude to shine a light on your unique gifts and talents. They assist you in your endeavors.

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

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

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence changes to Hexagram 25: Innocence.

Changing lines: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Hexagram 57:
Wind over Wind forms the condition for Penetrating influence. Imagine a steady and gentle wind. The power of the mind through concentration is enhanced. A vision of what you want to accomplish, along with patience, and a long-term commitment brings success. Gradual, inconspicuous effort in a consistent direction brings progress. A gentle approach is key.

Changing line 1: Be decisive and stick with it.

Changing line 2: Identify and remove hidden motives, including prejudices, for overall success.

Changing line 3: Refrain from too much deliberation about the issue at hand to maintain your initiative.

Changing line 4: Satisfy your needs by modestly confronting your adversaries.

Hexagram 25: Heaven over Thunder forms the condition for Innocence. Be prepared for a surprising, refreshing, turn of events. Align with the flow of the cosmos before taking action. The path to your goal is indirect. Rely on principles and virtues, not clever strategies. For optimal results, act innocently without conscious purpose and without ulterior motive. The unexpected helps stimulate new solutions. Act without thought of compensation or gain in stature.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hexagram 30: Synergy changes to Hexagram 14: Sovereignty.

Changing line: 2.

Hexagram 30:
Fire over Fire forms the condition for Synergy. Qualities of Fire include illumination and intelligence. This hexagram of fire over fire (double fire) represents an opportunity for leaders to inspire and enlighten others. Create synergy within yourself. In personal relationships, aligning your desires can bring good fortune. Alleviate pressures quietly.

Changing line 2: Take a moderate path for the best results.

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

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Hexagram 1: Creative Power changes to Hexagram 50: Cosmic Order.

Changing lines: 1 and 5.

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

Changing line 1: Wait for the opportune time to take action to achieve your aim.

Changing line 5: Others look to you for guidance and inspiration as a result of your clear thinking.

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

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Hexagram 50: Cosmic Order changes to Hexagram 44: Temptation.

Changing line: 5.

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

Changing line 5: Continue to develop your character as you gain insight and wisdom.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hexagram 15: Moderation changes to Hexagram 2: Natural Response.

Changing line: 2.

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

Changing line 2: Inner moderation yields big benefits and strengthens your influence. Good fortune.

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

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hexagram 46: Advancement changes to Hexagram 31: Attraction.

Changing lines: 2, 4 and 5.

Hexagram 46:
Earth over Wind forms the condition for Advancement. Modest, steady actions toward a goal brings advancement. Continuous effort is required, so do not pause. This is an excellent time for breakthroughs in communication and relationships. Work on the self is focused on the will and meets success. Know what must be done and carry it out with unwavering effort.

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Hexagram 30: Synergy changes to Hexagram 20: Contemplating.

Changing lines: 1, 3, 4 and 5.

Hexagram 30:
Fire over Fire forms the condition for Synergy. Qualities of Fire include illumination and intelligence. This hexagram of fire over fire (double fire) represents an opportunity for leaders to inspire and enlighten others. Create synergy within yourself. In personal relationships, aligning your desires can bring good fortune. Alleviate pressures quietly.

Changing line 1: Keep your goal in mind continually to minimize confusion and error as you begin your new path.

Changing line 3: Cultivate an acceptance of fate and go with the ebb and flow of life.

Changing line 4: Overly enthusiastic energies and endeavors can be exhausting. Strive for balance in all you do.

Changing line 5: Things are changing for the better, even if currently accompanied by deep grief.

Hexagram 20: Wind over Earth forms the condition for Contemplating. Approach all situations with seasonality in mind: the Spring of new ideas, the summer of work and growth, the autumn of harvest and completion and the winter of rest. Reflect on the season of situation and you can approach it with a predictable plan. Honest contemplation will help you to explore new ideas, reflect, and modify any practices that need adjustment.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hexagram 21: Reform changes to Hexagram 25: Innocence.

Changing line: 5.

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

Changing line 5: Follow the course you've decided upon, while remaining aware and staying clear of potential obstacles.

Hexagram 25: Heaven over Thunder forms the condition for Innocence. Be prepared for a surprising, refreshing, turn of events. Align with the flow of the cosmos before taking action. The path to your goal is indirect. Rely on principles and virtues, not clever strategies. For optimal results, act innocently without conscious purpose and without ulterior motive. The unexpected helps stimulate new solutions. Act without thought of compensation or gain in stature.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Hexagram 26: Potential Energy changes to Hexagram 37: Family.

Changing lines: 2 and 5.

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

Changing line 2: Stay put and build your resources.

Changing line 5: Avoid direct confrontation in this situation. Instead cut the roots to an uncontrolled force to redirect energy.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Hexagram 51: Shocking changes to Hexagram 24: Repeating.

Changing line: 4.

Hexagram 51:
Thunder over Thunder forms the condition for Shocking. The sudden force of double thunder represents very powerful and intense energy. Similar to spring, the time is right for new growth to burst forth. This energy can be unpredictable, bringing you close to the inner workings of your nature. Although fear may inspire you to make initial changes, the sudden force of stored energy ultimately yields progress. Use this time to inspire yourself to make personal changes that will increase your vitality and success.

Changing line 4: Release resistance. Acceptance helps you learn what you need to learn.

Hexagram 24: Earth over Thunder forms the condition for Repeating. Thunder is active in the womb of the Earth. You are repeating a cycle in your life after a period of stagnation or frustration. The paths leading to growth are revealing themselves. Allow the improving situation to develop at its own pace. This is a time when like-minded people can work together toward a common goal. It is an ideal opportunity for self-knowledge. Set a goal. Repeating brings progress.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Hexagram 55: Zenith changes to Hexagram 32: Continuing.

Changing lines: 1 and 2.

Hexagram 55:
Thunder over Fire forms the condition for Zenith. You are at the peak. You fulfill your potential, achieve your goals or exhaust the possibilities. Move quickly. The Zenith is a brief period. Make the most of the matters at hand. Success and prosperity are imminent. Once on top, decline begins. It is a part of the natural cycle. Expect such change. All that you are creating will sustain you through the decline. Your successes will serve as the foundation for later growth. This is an ideal time for self discovery.

Changing line 1: Associate with those whose goals are similar to bring clarity, energy, and completion.

Changing line 2: Outside obstacles stand in your way. Be sincere and truthful for a fortunate outcome.

Hexagram 32: Thunder over Wind forms the condition for Continuing. Work within established systems to bring about order, unity, and security to you and your community. Introduce new thought while adhering to the foundations that support sound growth and a well-ordered life.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Hexagram 32: Continuing changes to Hexagram 62: Conscientiousness.

Changing line: 2.

Hexagram 32:
Thunder over Wind forms the condition for Continuing. Work within established systems to bring about order, unity, and security to you and your community. Introduce new thought while adhering to the foundations that support sound growth and a well-ordered life.

Changing line 2: Take consistent and gentle action to quietly influence and direct the situation. Avoid extremes.

Hexagram 62: Thunder over Mountain forms the condition for Conscientiousness. This is a time for inner development and humility. Pay attention to detail and practice self control. Watch finances carefully and be conservative with expenditures. You will find good fortune by staying "below the radar" and quietly performing your life's work with dignity and diligence. Winter is an excellent time for deep, inner development.

Hexagram 18: Mountain over Wind forms the condition for Repair. The object of your inquiry would benefit from an adjustment. The time is excellent for making amends or changes. You have the ability to change or repair your circumstances. Consider the path that led to this situation and do not be lulled into inertia by the magnitude of the task. The situation will develop new energy and inspiration once the problems are removed. Avoid slipping back into complacency.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Hexagram 3: Difficult Beginnings changes to Hexagram 42: Benefit.

Changing line: 6.

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

Changing line 6: You may need to begin again if you have lost your perspective and can no longer see your difficulties realistically.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hexagram 18: Repair changes to Hexagram 44: Temptation.

Changing lines: 4 and 5.

Hexagram 18:
Mountain over Wind forms the condition for Repair. The object of your inquiry would benefit from an adjustment. The time is excellent for making amends or changes. You have the ability to change or repair your circumstances. Consider the path that led to this situation and do not be lulled into inertia by the magnitude of the task. The situation will develop new energy and inspiration once the problems are removed. Avoid slipping back into complacency.

Changing line 4: It is time to change the discord that has been tolerated and return to a state of harmony.

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

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Hexagram 4: Inexperience changes to Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence.

Changing lines: 3 and 5.

Hexagram 4:
Mountain over Water forms the condition for Inexperience. Know that you do not know what to do. Examine blind spots, ask for help, and discover what you must learn. Consider the advice of your Advisor. There is something new to discover as you continue to cultivate your character. "Empty vessels" have room to collect, gather and store what is needed or what would be helpful.

Changing line 3: Doors will open as you seek advice from an Advisor.

Changing line 5: Be an empty vessel as you seek advice from others. Listen. Good fortune.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017

Hexagram 60: Limitations changes to Hexagram 25: Innocence.Changing lines: 2, 4 and 6.Hexagram 60: Water over Lake forms the condition for Limitations. This is a time to set practical limits related to money, time, energy, emotions, and behavior, to bring future opportunity. Life without guidelines can be confusing and unsettling. Practical rules and regulations limit extravagant practices, help conserve resources, and bring balance. For steady progress and true meaning, define and observe reasonable limits in all you do.

Changing line 2: Lift excessive limitations you my have placed on yourself or the situation. Take action when you see potential.

Changing line 4: Adapt to each situation and incorporate any limitations or shifts into your life.

Changing line 6: Restrict yourself. Allow others to choose for themselves. Limiting others may bring resentment.

Hexagram 25: Heaven over Thunder forms the condition for Innocence. Be prepared for a surprising, refreshing, turn of events. Align with the flow of the cosmos before taking action. The path to your goal is indirect. Rely on principles and virtues, not clever strategies. For optimal results, act innocently without conscious purpose and without ulterior motive. The unexpected helps stimulate new solutions. Act without thought of compensation or gain in stature.