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.

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

Hexagram 40: Liberation changes to Hexagram 7: Collective Force.

Changing line: 4.

Hexagram 40:
Thunder over Water forms the condition for Liberation. It is within your power to resolve issues, release stuck emotions, and stalled patterns which have blocked your progress. Forgive past mistakes and transgressions. Clear the ground for new growth, taking firm action now. The future is promising.
Changing line 4: Free yourself from entanglements with those who may be limiting your progress with helpful allies.

Hexagram 7:
Earth over Water forms the condition for Collective Force. You can tap into the energy of mass support if you communicate effectively and your goals are in line with the sentiments of society. Be supportive and generous with others. This is a favorable time to broaden ideals to encompass larger goals while leading people through education, generosity, and leniency.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018

Hexagram 10: Conduct changes to Hexagram 27: Nourishing.

Changing lines: 2, 4 and 6.

Hexagram 19:
Heaven over Lake forms the condition for Conduct. Everything depends on how you conduct yourself now. This can be a very positive time and it can also be one filled with challenges. Success will come through dignity, composure, courtesy, and thoughtfulness. It may be necessary to be discriminating with your choice of acquaintances. It can also be a time to cultivate your inner growth and further develop your self-worth.
Changing line 6: Review your past conduct and adjust as warranted. Good and proper conduct will produce good results.
Changing line 4: Be cautious as you move forward with your plans for the best outcome and highest success.
Changing line 2: Be modest and moderate with your goals for good fortune and success.

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018

Hexagram 63: After The End changes to Hexagram 48: The Source.Changing line 2.Hexagram 63:
Water over Fire forms the condition for After The End. You have reached equilibrium and the end of a phase. Rather than relax, this is the time to contemplate and prepare for what is next. Changing circumstances and relationships provide the opportunity to strengthen your position and character. Take care of details along the way to help you successfully move toward what is next. Misfortune can be avoided through proper planning and foresight.
Changing line 2: You are vulnerable to outside forces. Do nothing and it will pass.

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 27, 2018

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

Hexagram 43: Resolution changes to Hexagram 49: Changing.
Changing line 2.

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.
Changing line 2: Develop your inner strength. Be cautious and stay aware of potential pitfalls and danger.

Hexagram 49:
Lake over Fire forms the condition for Changing. A gradual transformation may be in order to avoid stagnation. Approach change with a correct attitude. Avoid haste and excessive behavior. Timing is very important. Allow time for the process to unfold as you gain the trust of others and regret disappears.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Hexagram 58: Encouraging changes to Hexagram 45: Assembling.

Changing lines: 1 and 2.

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.

Changing line 2: Maintain your integrity and focus on the truth of highest principles for good fortune. Avoid inferior people and activities.

Changing line 1: Detach from external drivers and develop happiness from your inner resources and principles.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Hexagram 36: CensorshipThere are no changing lines.Earth over Fire forms the condition for Censorship. You are confronted by forces that challenge your convictions and goals. This is an ideal time to step into the background, listen, observe, and conceal your feelings, while maintaining your principles. You can transcend this challenging time. Avoid challenging the opinion of others. Letting things pass, even if you do not agree, is a good way to stay clear of trouble.

Hexagram 45: Lake over Earth forms the condition for Assembling. Will you be participating in a group assembly? Strong bonds will be developed through shared common goals, The time is right to drop defenses. Be sincere and have a goal in mind. Shared bonds and goals unite people and groups. Alignment with goals brings confidence and well-being. Good fortune.

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.

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.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hexagram 3: Difficult Beginnings changes to Hexagram 19: Promotion.

Changing lines: 2 and 5.

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 2: In the midst of confusion and difficulty, it is best to wait things out.

Changing line 5: Small efforts will lead to progress and good fortune.

Hexagram 19: Earth over Lake forms the condition for Promotion. This hexagram correlates with the end of winter and the beginning of spring. This is a favorable time to progress toward your goal. Use this period to your best advantage, as it will not last forever. All of life is cyclical. This is a dynamic phase of inner growth. All activities and relationships have the potential to blossom now. Good fortune lies ahead.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hexagram 63: After the End.

There are no changing lines.

Hexagram 63:
Water over Fire forms the condition for After The End. You have reached equilibrium and the end of a phase. Rather than relax, this is the time to contemplate and prepare for what is next. Changing circumstances and relationships provide the opportunity to strengthen your position and character. Take care of details along the way to help you successfully move toward what is next. Misfortune can be avoided through proper planning and foresight.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hexagram 4: Inexperience changes to Hexagram 50: Cosmic Order.

Changing lines: 3 and 4.

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 4: Your attitude may be unrealistic. If so, you may experience humiliation if you cannot be instructed.

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, April 1, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Hexagram 32: Continuing.

There are no changing lines.

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, March 25, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hexagram 35: Progress.

There are no changing lines.

Hexagram 35:
Fire over Earth forms the condition for Progress. Fire is radiant energy. The sun rising above the earth is a time of rapid progress. This is a favorable time to make personal and professional progress, as long as your aims are sincere and benefit the greater good. Good ideas are best put to use serving others. Progressive action meets great success.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hexagram 55: Zenith.

There are no changing lines.

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.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hexagram 26: Potential Energy changes to Hexagram 27: Nourishing.

Changing lines: 2 and 3.

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 3: Be cautious as you keep your personal goals in mind. A path will open for you and others may join you too.

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

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hexagram 29: Danger changes to Hexagram 40: Liberation.

Changing lines: 4 and 5.

Hexagram 29:
Water over Water forms the condition for Danger. The real danger is brought about by your immediate environment. Meet and overcome your difficulties through correct behavior. A time of challenge can bring out your best. It is a favorable time for inner development.

Changing line 4: Take a simple, clear, straight-forward approach to solving your problems.

Changing line 5: Doing less can accomplish more. The danger will pass.

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hexagram 38: Contradiction changes to Hexagram 41: Decline.

Changing line: 4.

Hexagram 38:
Fire over Lake forms the condition for Contradiction. Seeing both sides clearly provides the opportunity for ultimate unity. Weigh the opposing viewpoints and use common ground to bring about mutual accord.

Changing line 4: In the midst of isolation or opposition, someone with an affinity will emerge. Mutual trust will overcome difficulties.

Hexagram 41: Mountain over Lake forms the condition for Decline. This is a natural transition and swing of the pendulum. Accepting the decline and simplifying your life will help you improve timing and avoid serious mistakes. This is a favorable time for inner development and attending to business at hand. In personal relationships, be accepting and as reassuring as possible, while devoting time to refining your character.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hexagram 9: Restrained changes to Hexagram 63: After the End.

Changing lines: 2 and 6.

Hexagram 9:
Wind over Heaven forms the condition for Restrained. Your impulses, intentions and plans may be held in check by an unknown detail. Stay close to the situation you wish to affect. Attend to details and avoid aggressive action. Restrain yourself until your plan can be accommodated.

Changing line 2: Study the situation before taking action. A retreat leads to good fortune at this time.

Changing line 6: Be content with your initial progress. Wait for a better time to fully proceed.

Hexagram 63: Water over Fire forms the condition for After The End. You have reached equilibrium and the end of a phase. Rather than relax, this is the time to contemplate and prepare for what is next. Changing circumstances and relationships provide the opportunity to strengthen your position and character. Take care of details along the way to help you successfully move toward what is next. Misfortune can be avoided through proper planning and foresight.

Hexagram 26: Potential Energy changes to Hexagram 22: Grace.

Changing line: 3.

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 3: Be cautious as you keep your personal goals in mind. A path will open for you and others may join you too.

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.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Hexagram 10: Conduct changes to Hexagram 1: Creative Power.

Changing line: 3.

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

Changing line 3: Cultivate your personal power to fit your ambitious goals.

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.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence changes to Hexagram 6: Conflict.

Changing lines: 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 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 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.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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.

Changing line 5: Continue your vigilance and influence to accomplish your aims. Periodically re-evaluate.

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hexagram 57: Penetrating Influence changes to Hexagram 61: Insight.

Changing lines: 1 and 3.

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

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

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hexagram 11: Prospering changes to Hexagram 22: Grace.

Changing lines: 2 and 6.

Hexagram 11:
Earth over Heaven forms the condition for Prospering. Cosmic forces are favorable to benefit from the harmony between Heaven and Earth. Ideal condition for new awakenings. There will be good fortune and progress. Maintaining peace of mind, with or without hard work, supports success and prosperity.

Changing line 2: Have a good attitude as you undertake difficult tasks. Be tolerant of people as you develop your vision for the future.

Changing line 6: Accept the waning energy. Strengthen ties with those close to you, and submit to the wisdom of a Higher Power.

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.

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.