Today's I Ching for Colin Powell
The yarrow have been drawn....
|The present is embodied in Hexagram 49 - Ko (Revolution): What takes place is believed in only after it has been accomplished. There will be great progress and success. Advantage will come from being firm and correct. In that case, occasion for repentance will disappear.
|The first (bottommost) line, undivided, shows its subject bound with the skin of a yellow ox.
|The third line, undivided, shows that action taken by its subject will be evil. Though he be firm and correct, his position is perilous. If the change has been three times fully discussed, he will be believed.
|The fourth line, undivided, shows occasion for repentance disappearing from its subject. Let him be believed in, and though he change existing ordinances, there will be good fortune.
|The fifth line, undivided, shows the great man producing his changes, as the tiger does when he changes his stripes. Before he divines and proceeds to action, faith has been reposed in him.
|The situation is changing rapidly, and Yin (the passive feminine force) is gaining ground.
|The future is embodied in Hexagram 2 - K'un (The Receptive): That which is great and originating, advantageous, correct and having the firmness of a mare. When the superior man must move, if he takes the initiative he will go astray. If he follows, he will find his proper lord. The advantage will be seen in his getting friends in the southwest, and losing friends in the northeast. If he rest in correctness and firmness, there will be good fortune.
|The things most apparent, those above and in front, are embodied by the upper trigram Tui (Lake), which is transforming into K'un (Earth). As part of this process, joy, pleasure, and attraction are giving way to docility and receptivity.
|The things least apparent, those below and behind, are embodied by the lower trigram Li (Fire), which is transforming into K'un (Earth). As part of this process, brightness and warmth are giving way to docility and receptivity.