Hexagram 63 (既濟/jì jì) representing completion: an appropriate way to signal the end of my trip. After an interesting couple of weeks in Europe and the US, I can head home with my mission complete.
An interesting couple of days at the VIA office in Fremont, California, reviewing the new systems based on the VIA Mobile360 SVS and VIA Smart Recognition platforms that we are developing for markets in the US and Latin America.
It would be an exaggeration to say that I’ve been under confinement (Hexagram 47 – 困/kùn) as a result of the snow and wind that have ravaged Britain over the past few days, but I do have to admit to feeling a certain amount of restlessness as a result of being unable to venture much further than the village green and churchyard for my daily walk because of the icy paths and roads.
My I Ching reading is a vital morning ritual for me. It helps me to start the day right by initiating an internal dialog with myself on the topics raised by the hexagram(s) that I have formed with the casting of the coins.
A busy second day at Embedded World 2018. I haven’t seen any visitor numbers, but show attendance appears to be very good this year, even though the event is taking place at the same time as the much more glitzy and glamorous Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. I take this as a healthy sign of the growing momentum in the industrial and enterprise IoT sectors.
A lively start to Embedded World 2018!
I blame the oracle for its failure to warn me at Paris CDG that my luggage wouldn’t be accompanying me to Nuremberg. Obviously, it had nothing to do with the gross incompetence, I mean effortless efficiency, of the airport. I still can’t quite decide whether it’s the worst airport I’ve ever had the misfortune of visiting – an accolade that I’ve reserved for Manila for many years.
Water above lake: if there is too much of it, the lake will overflow and flooding will ensue. A system for managing the flow of the rivers and streams into the lake is required. In ancient China, notches cut into a bamboo sticks were used for this very purpose. This is the origin of Hexagon 60 (節/jié) in the I Ching, meaning regulation, articulating, moderation, or limitation.
The air is crisp and clear after the rain and thunder from the storm. The oppressive humidity and heat have disappeared. The world wakes up with a newfound sense of purity and purpose. This is the image conjured up by hexagon 40 (解/xiè): one of blessed release from a period of tumult and torment.
One way to use the I Ching is to ask it a question and look at the hexagram you produce from your coin throw and the related texts for the answer to it. The trick is to make your question as specific as possible. The more ambiguous it is, the more ambiguous the response. “Should I take the new job I’ve just been offered?” will produce a far clearer answer than “should I look for a new job” – not least because the number of variables involved in considering the latter are infinitely more than in pondering the former.