I Ching Diary: Hexagram 21 strikes again

Chinese New Year Ends

Time to go back to the office after a relaxing break over the Chinese New Year Holiday. One of the highlights was a visit to the Mazu Temple in Jinshan, a popular seaside town on the Northeast Coast of Taiwan.

The temple was built in 1809 and features a stunning gold-faced statue of the Goddess of the Sea. Amid the color and noise of the festivities, a wonderful sense of peace reigned inside as followers paid their respects to the deity and requested her blessings for the New Year.

Jinshan Mazu Temple

After visiting the temple, we made our way down Jinshan Old Street (金山老街), a bustling traditional market lined with vendor stalls hawking a colorful assortment of local snacks and delicacies including dried seafood, pork jerky, and a unique breed of sweet potato known as digua (地瓜). It’s definitely worth a visit if you are ever in Taiwan.

Jinshan Old Street market

The hexagram from my I Ching consultation this morning was number 21, meaning “biting” (噬嗑/shì kè), for the second time in three days. Perhaps I didn’t get the message right when I read it the first time.

I Ching Hexagram 21 Biting

Hexagon 21 doesn’t just apply to leaders applying justice to their subjects but also to how you manage yourself. It suggests that some decisive action is required to correct inner turmoil or bad habits in order to make sure that you stay on the right path.

Since I’m not exactly short of bad habits, I can’t say I have much of an idea which one it specifically refers to. So I’ll take it as a general warning to stay focused on the final preparations for Embedded World next week and not allow myself to be distracted by other projects. Let’s see how that works.

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