Be like grass. Or like water. Or both.

Note: While I’m working on getting out the long-awaited Episode 18, I thought it worthwhile to adapt certain portions of Episode 17’s liturgy into post format, for your enjoyment. If you wish to listen to the entire liturgy (which I recommend), you can find it here on SoundCloud or search Wizard of Monadnock on any podcastContinue reading “Be like grass. Or like water. Or both.”

PATRONS’ MEDITATION PREVIEW: And a Place to Rest in Between

Just released over on Patreon: February’s Patrons-Only Exclusive Meditation, “And a Place to Rest in Between.” If you were a subscriber, you could head on over there and start your week on a truly awesome note (and if you are a subscriber already, I encourage you to do exactly that). Here’s just a glimpse, theContinue reading “PATRONS’ MEDITATION PREVIEW: And a Place to Rest in Between”

XXXIII. When the Bad Guys Win

As we continue our exploration of the I Ching’s thematic second half, the progression as it now stands goes: dating then marriage then the bad guys win. To some of you, that will sound strange. To some of you (who may have been married before), it actually makes tons of sense. Either way, we totallyContinue reading “XXXIII. When the Bad Guys Win”

XXXII. Marriage in the Solar System

As we stated on Monday, this second “half” of the I Ching concerns social relationships, and we’re starting with some of the most basic. In the previous hexagram, we were looking at influence, while here we go a step forward to union. Previously, we were looking at dating and courtship, while here we are looking atContinue reading “XXXII. Marriage in the Solar System”

XXXI. Girlfriends and Boyfriends

Despite the fact that we are numerically not there yet, hexagram 31 represents within the text the start of the second half, or “Book Two.” Whereas the first half was primarily concerned with natural/cosmic phenomena, we are here told that the second half will concern social interaction and relationships. Accordingly, we begin with the imageContinue reading “XXXI. Girlfriends and Boyfriends”

30. The Lesson of the Torch

Notice that, as with the previous hexagram, we again have a doubled trigram. Whereas in hexagram 29, we are seeing the repetition of water, here we see the complementary repetition of fire. Water falls from the sky and then flows all over the earth to bring life, but fire does the opposite, rising up from theContinue reading “30. The Lesson of the Torch”

XXIX. Water is Great if you don’t Drown

Arriving at hexagram twenty-nine, we come across the first symbol since the first two that is comprised of a repeating trigram. In other words, the top three lines are the same as the bottom three. In this instance, the repeated trigram – one solid line between two broken lines – represents water, which is, of course,Continue reading “XXIX. Water is Great if you don’t Drown”

XXIV. The Turning Point

Well, we made it through yesterday’s depressing meander, and it’s as though the text itself possesses some human quality of kindness, for we are rewarded today with that terrible symbol’s exact opposite. Yesterday was the Dead End, today we see the Turning Point. As with the previous one, the basic meaning here is readily apparentContinue reading “XXIV. The Turning Point”