I Ching Dairy: darkness descends

I Ching Hexagram 36: darkness

Earth over Fire; Sun swallowed by Earth; perhaps even a solar eclipse. Darkness descends with the arrival of hexagram 36 (明夷/míng yí), snuffing out the light.

Rather than attempt to fight its overwhelming power, fade into the background. That doesn’t mean that you should give up, but that you should stay strong and remain true to your ideals even when faced with the gravest danger. Just like King Wen (周文王) did when he was said to have spent his time in imprisonment under the depraved tyrant Zhou Xin (紂辛) writing the first commentary of the I Ching – paving the way for his son, King Wu (周武王) to overthrow the Shang Dynasty in ca. 1049 BC and usher in a golden age under the new Zhou Dynasty.

The two changing lines, numbers one and four, caution you to step even further back from the darkness and leave the scene of the disaster. There’s no point in fighting a battle that you cannot win. Discretion is the better part of valor. Focus on making sure you are mentally and physically prepared for when the darkness finally lifts.

I Ching Hexagram 62: slight excess

Thunder over mountain. Hexagram 62 (小過/xiǎo guò) warns you that you’re still not quite ready for a return to the limelight. You’re suffering from an imbalance caused by “slight excess.” The best way to resolve this is to remain calm and keep on building up your inner strength. At times like this, nonaction is much more effective than action. Good things come to those who wait.

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