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, April 5, 2020

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Hexagram 36: Censorship changes to Hexagram 30: Synergy.

Changing line 5.

Hexagram 36:
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.

Changing line 5: Come into alignment with the current situation while keeping your ideas quiet.

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.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Hexagram 34: Great Power changes to Hexagram 30: Synergy.

Changing lines: 2 and 6.

Hexagram 34:
Your influence is tremendous at this time. Being certain that your objectives are honorable, this is a favorable time to strengthen relationships and do good work from within establish

Changing line 2: Use your power wisely. Practice moderation. Avoid overconfidence.

Changing line 6: You will reach an impasse if you go too far. Quietly compose yourself in order to move forward.

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.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hexagram 47: Adversity changes to Hexagram 31: Attraction.

Changing lines: 2 and 3.

Hexagram 47:
Lake over Water forms the condition for Adversity. This is a time to make progress through action and not words. When faced with adversity, remain emotionally stable and optimistic. Hold your fears in check. Adversity can be transcended through proper conduct, will, and determination. Hold onto your vision.

Changing line 2: Your adversity may be coming from boredom and things coming to you too easily. Take on a worthy cause.

Changing line 3: Put your faith in situations and people that can support you. Do not allow yourself to become repressed needlessly.

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 15, 2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hexagram 37: Family changes to Hexagram 36: Censorship.

Changing lines: 5 and 6.

Hexagram 37:
Wind over Fire forms the condition for Family. Inner radiance is carried by the outer wind. This is a time to approach relationships as Family. Healthy families embody three qualities: love, faithfulness, and proper conduct. In order to improve your family, company, nation, or world, begin with yourself. Actions speak louder than words. Concentrate on your character. This is a time of good fortune.

Changing line 5: A healthy relationship exists between the leader and followers. Good fortune.

Changing line 6: Your sense of responsibility brings good fortune.

Hexagram 36: 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.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Hexagram 1: Creative Power.

There are no changing lines.

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.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020

Hexagram 23: Deterioration

There are no changing lines.

Hexagram 23:
Mountain over Earth forms the condition for Deterioration. It is part of the natural order of ebb and flow. Contemplate this time with great care, particularly in financial and business matters. Build a secure foundation by consolidating relationships. Keep a low profile. Nurture your body and mind. Look for wisdom within. The time to move toward your goal will come again.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Hexagram 37: Family changes to Hexagram 63: After the End.

Changing line: 6.

Hexagram 37:
Wind over Fire forms the condition for Family. Inner radiance is carried by the outer wind. This is a time to approach relationships as Family. Healthy families embody three qualities: love, faithfulness, and proper conduct. In order to improve your family, company, nation, or world, begin with yourself. Actions speak louder than words. Concentrate on your character. This is a time of good fortune.

Changing line 6: Your sense of responsibility brings good fortune.

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, February 16, 2020

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Hexagram 39: Obstacles.

There are no changing lines.

Hexagram 39:
Water over Mountain forms the condition for Obstacles. When water meets an obstacle, it stops flowing. A pause in motion allows the water a chance to gather strength, build up, and eventually flow over the obstacle. This hexagram is about obstructions that are most likely in your own thinking or of your own doing. A saying that best fits this hexagram is "You are caught between a rock and a hard place." Retreat, reflect, and self-correct to remove the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual obstacles in your path. Any strong negative emotions (such as fear, frustration, anger, blame, shame) are an indication that your energy is out of balance. A trusted friend or counselor may help you to identify the best way forward.

Sunday, February 9 2020

Sunday, February 9 2020

Hexagram 48: The Source changes to Hexagram 39: Obstacles.

Changing line 2.

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.

Changing line 2: Fulfill your potential by being sought out for your gifts, talents and abilities.Contribute in meaningful ways.

Hexagram 39: Water over Mountain forms the condition for Obstacles. When water meets an obstacle, it stops flowing. A pause in motion allows the water a chance to gather strength, build up, and eventually flow over the obstacle. This hexagram is about obstructions that are most likely in your own thinking or of your own doing. A saying that best fits this hexagram is "You are caught between a rock and a hard place." Retreat, reflect, and self-correct to remove the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual obstacles in your path. Any strong negative emotions (such as fear, frustration, anger, blame, shame) are an indication that your energy is out of balance. A trusted friend or counselor may help you to identify the best way forward.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Hexagram 34: Great Power.

There are no changing lines.

Hexagram 34:
Thunder over Heaven forms the condition for Great Power. Your influence is tremendous at this time. Being certain that your objectives are honorable, this is a favorable time to strengthen relationships and do good work from within established conventions.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hexagram 28: Critical Mass changes to Hexagram 43: Resolution.

Changing line 1.

Hexagram 28:
Lake over Wind forms the condition for Critical Mass. The time is right to act independently without fear. Important, serious and meaningful possibilities are coming to a head now. This could feel like a time of crisis. It is a good time to take a stand. Make decisions about your next move.

Changing line 1: Pay attention to the details associated with achieving your goal. It's OK to be cautious.

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.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Hexagram 1: Creative Power changes to Hexagram 54: Subordinate.

Changing lines: 3, 5 and 6.

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 3: Stay focused on your vision and integrity to avoid distractions.

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

Changing line 6: Adjust your ambitions so that you may achieve your dream.

Hexagram 54: Thunder over Lake forms the condition for Subordinate. This is a time to withdraw into the background and spend time strengthening your inner vision. If you are beginning a new job, correct early mistakes quickly and quietly. Acting as a subordinate, you can avoid error. Develop a long range ideal and focus on the future with clarity of purpose.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Hexagram 56: Traveling changes to Hexagram 15: Moderation.

Changing lines: 4 and 6.

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.

Changing line 4: You may feel unsettled about not yet reaching your goals. Stay focused on the end result.

Changing line 6: Stay clear of drama and distraction that pull you away from your goals for long term success.

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.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Hexagram 37: Family changes to Hexagram 14: Sovereignty.

Changing lines: 2, 4 and 6.

Hexagram 37:
Wind over Fire forms the condition for Family. Inner radiance is carried by the outer wind. This is a time to approach relationships as Family. Healthy families embody three qualities: love, faithfulness, and proper conduct. In order to improve your family, company, nation, or world, begin with yourself. Actions speak louder than words. Concentrate on your character. This is a time of good fortune.

Changing line 2: Focus on meeting the immediate needs of the group without force.

Changing line 4: Your sincere, genuine, and humble attempts to support others' well-being will lead to a successful outcome.

Changing line 6: Your sense of responsibility brings good fortune.

Hexagram 14: Lake 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, 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.