Hexagram Seventeen

Your symbol is Hexagram seventeen, natural cycles, indicating that it is auspicious to begin new projects. Great advantage comes from being firm, yet flexible, just as the natural seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall come and go in a different, but inevitable pattern each year. Day and night also provide a natural, but varied cycle.

The first line, yang, shows a change in one's responsibilities or activities. There will be good fortune if one remains dedicated and steadfast. It is an opportunity to prove oneself to others.

The second line, yin, shows a person of age and experience who becomes fearful like a child. Perhaps it is time to assert more responsibility and use the adult qualities you possess.

The third line, yin, denotes an adult who denies the inner child, who pushes aside his/her sense of wonder and imagination. Once the hard work of the day is done, allow some time for fun. This will refresh and enliven the spirit.

The fourth line, yang, shows one who becomes too materialistic, obsessed with the gains of hard labor. This is an unfortunate situation, since the real happiness of success will be lost. Realizing the situation, one can strive to change it.

The fifth line, yang, shows a sincere person who works hard to achieve inner, as well as outer happiness. This brings success.

The sixth line, yin, shows one who is bound to duty, as if in a pact with the gods. Success will be limited, since this person is not really free.

To the reader: Most of the hexagrams have at least one line that predicts bad results, but that does NOT mean you are fated to that result. The hexagrams illustrate different attitudes, so study the actions and reactions to learn the attitudes that will lead to better outcomes.

The I Ching teaches you to flow with changes and create positive change from the inside through conscious living. Your future is in your hands. Consult the I Ching for ideas that lead to clear thinking and positive mental attitude. Reading the I Ching helps you take the time to reflect on your attitudes and ideas. Continue asking until you feel positive about your course.

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A note about this interpretation of the I Ching: Nori Muster wrote this version of the iChing in 1994 and put it online at Surrealist.org in 2000. It is now available as an e-book. Click here to see Learning to Flow with the Dao at Amazon.com..

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