I Ching Reading on Shambhala Day, 2019 – Year of the Earth Boar (or Pig)

At our recent Shambhala Day gathering we queried the I Ching with: How shall the St. Johnsbury Shambhala Center move forward in this next year for the benefit of everyone? A special thank you to Amy Wheeler for her assistance with the I Ching.

Hexagram #5 – Hsu – Waiting (Nourishment)

From I Ching, Richard Wilhelm Translation:

i Ching 5 - HsuThe Image:

Clouds rise up to heaven: the image of waiting. Thus the superior man eats and drinks, is joyous and of good cheer.

All beings have need of nourishment from above. But the gift of food comes in its own time, and for this one must wait. This hexagram shows the clouds in the heavens, giving rain to refresh all that grows and to provide mankind with food and drink. The rain will come in its own time. We cannot make it come; we have to wait for it. The idea of waiting is further suggested by the attributes of the two trigrams – strength within, danger in front. Strength in the face of danger does not plunge ahead but bides its time, whereas weakness in the face of danger grows agitated and has not the patience to wait…Waiting is not mere empty hoping. It has the inner certainty of reaching the goal…One is faced with a danger that has to be overcome…strength shows itself in uncompromising truthfulness (with oneself). It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any sort of self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized.

We had changing lines in the first, third and fifth positions:
Nine at the beginning means: Waiting in the meadow. It furthers one to abide in what endures. No blame.

Nine in the third place means: Waiting in the mud brings about the arrival of the enemy.

Nine in the fifth place means: Waiting at meat and drink. Perseverance brings good fortune.

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Hexagram #7: Shih – The Army

The Image

In the middle of the earth is water: The image of the Army. Thus the superior man increases his masses by generosity toward the people.

“Ground water is invisibly present within the earth. In this same way the military power of a people is invisibly present in the masses. When danger threatens, every peasant becomes a soldier; when the war ends, he goes back to his plow. He who is generous toward the people wins their love, and a people living under a mild rule becomes strong and powerful. Only a people economically strong can be important in military power. Such power must therefore be cultivated by improving the economic condition of the people and by humane government. Only where there is this invisible bond between government and people, so that the people are sheltered by their government as ground water is sheltered by the earth, is it possible to wage a victorious war.