XIX: Springtime Party with the Springtime Prince

There's admittedly something a tiny bit tricky about interpreting this hexagram. We've seen dual images before - sometimes one single hexagram describes, for example, both a specific situation and a specific kind of person. The implication here is pretty straightforward, actually: take the images in tandem, two representations of the same singular phenomenon. This is … Continue reading XIX: Springtime Party with the Springtime Prince

XVII: The Good Shepherd

The greatest among you will be your servant. Matthew 23:11 (NRSV) In employing the metaphor of a shepherd, I run the risk of implying that people are nothing more than useless sheep in need of a saving guide carrying a staff or at least awesome facial hair. This is not my intention. This hexagram is … Continue reading XVII: The Good Shepherd

XV. The Meaning of the Modest Mountain

For many reasons, the fifteenth hexagram is a crucial one, not least of all the fact that we are given the image of the mountain on the earth and told its true meaning and significance. To us (not least of all to a wizard "belonging" to a mountain), mountains are a bridge to the heavens. … Continue reading XV. The Meaning of the Modest Mountain

VIII. JOIN THE UNION! (Days of Change)

  As a purportedly aloof and wise wizard and a dutiful five-year student of the I Ching, I am not supposed to play favorites. Then again, part of what makes me such a great New England renegade in the shadow of Monadnock is that I do things I’m not supposed to do all the time. … Continue reading VIII. JOIN THE UNION! (Days of Change)

What Does It Mean to Win? (Gear Up Mondays)

"Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." --Sun Tzu, The Art of War It is often difficult for me to avoid considering strategy to be a choice between two competing philosophies: pacifism and militarism. To fight or not to fight. … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Win? (Gear Up Mondays)

III. It Sucks to Grow, Growing is Great (Days of Change)

The first two hexagrams of the I Ching are each comprised of lines of only one type--six solid lines in the first hexagram, symbolizing yang and heaven and six broken lines in the second hexagram, symbolizing yin and earth. Here, in the third hexagram, we come to the first scenario that involves a combination of … Continue reading III. It Sucks to Grow, Growing is Great (Days of Change)

Days of Change

The only constant is change, am I right, man? Okay. So though it’s been accessible to us for a century or so, few in the western world know much about the I Ching, which translates to “Book of Changes”. It’s ancient, several thousand years old (though specific estimates vary), Chinese, and is generally classified as … Continue reading Days of Change