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MONDAY’S POEM: Hindrance

Yesterday, Sunday, at 2:20 am, Eastern time, the moon was new and brought in the Chinese New Year, the year of the Water Snake. And as I always practice, I cast an I Ching Gua to check the energies for the upcoming four weeks, until the next new moon. I cast this 6-line diagram:Pi-Hindrance

This Gua pictures Heaven (the top three solid lines) over Earth (the bottom three broken lines). It is one of the key Gua and at first sight seems auspicious. But it comes with a warning; its name, Pi means “hindrance.” At first I was disappointed. But as I read about this diagram further I took heart. The Chinese have a saying about this Gua and its opposite, Earth over Heaven, or Tai in Chinese, which means “advance.” The saying, poem really, is “Pi ji Tai lai” which means: “Out of the depths of misfortune comes bliss. At the end of hindrance appears advance.”

So, the meaning I take for this divination is to remain patient in all situations. And maybe this month is still about introspection. We are still in winter, afterall, a time for rest and rejuvenation, waiting for the return of the Sun and new birth!

And to further explore my understanding of this I Ching reading for this next “moonth” I wrote the following:

Hindrance

Heaven departs
Leaving Spirit distant
And still.

Earth recedes
Falling away to be
Alone.

But watch, be still.
Extremes reach their ends,
Hindrance yields to advance.

And the Earth turns.
Heaven returns.
Spirit remains unchanged.

©2013 Richard W. Bredeson. All rights reserved.

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