I Ching Diary: greatness and radiance


We have an extended five-day break here in Taiwan to mark the Tomb-Sweeping Festival. A wonderful time indeed, particularly given the glorious spring-time weather.

Earth over Heaven: Hexagram 11 (泰/tài) signifies greatness. It marks a period of great harmony, prosperity, and tranquility powered by the fusion of physical and celestial forces.

I Ching Hexagram 11: greatness

During such times, according to line two, the first changing line, it is important to show concern for others and make sure that everyone is treated fairly.

It’s important, too, line 4 warns, not to put on any airs when meeting other people. Stay real, in other words. Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.

Just like this week’s extended break, however, this period of peace of peace and prosperity will inevitably come to an end. Line 6, the final changing line, warns that hard times are coming and there is nothing you can do to stop them. Best to conserve your resources so that you are ready to deal with them when they arrive rather than waste precious time and energy trying to resist them.

I Ching Hexagram 30: radiance

That means sticking to your core values like flames clinging to a fire. This is the message delivered by Hexagram 30 (離/lí). No matter how difficult the external conditions you are facing may be, it is essential to keep your inner light shining brightly so that you can maintain perfect clarity and work your way out of them.

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