Today's I Ching for Kurt Vonnegut
The yarrow have been drawn....
|The present is embodied in Hexagram 62 - Hsiao Kuo (Preponderance of the Small): In these circumstances which it implies, there will be progress and attainment, but it will be advantageous to be firm and correct. Action may be taken in small affairs, but not in great affairs. Like the notes that come down from a bird on the wing, to descend is better than to ascend. There will, in this way, be great good fortune.
|The fourth line, undivided, shows its subject falling into no error, but meeting the exigency of his situation, without exceeding in his natural course. If he go forward, there will be peril, and he must be cautious. There is no occasion to be using firmness perpetually.
|The sixth line, divided, shows its subject not meeting the exigency of his situation, and exceeding his proper course. It suggests a bird flying far aloft. There will be evil. The case is what is called one of calamity and self-produced injury.
|The situation is shifting, but neither Yin (the passive feminine force) nor Yang (the active masculine force) is gaining ground.
|The future is embodied in Hexagram 52 - Ken (Keeping Still): When one is resting, and he loses all consciousness of self; when he walks in his courtyard, and does not see any of the persons in it, there will be no error.
|The things most apparent, those above and in front, are embodied by the upper trigram Chen (Thunder), which is transforming into Ken (Mountain). As part of this process, movement, initiative, and action are giving way to stillness and obstruction.
|The things least apparent, those below and behind, are embodied by the lower trigram Ken (Mountain), which represents stillness and obstruction.