Hexagram Thirty-six

Your symbol is Hexagram thirty-six, faithful service. Trouble may come to dedicated people even though they are pure and faultless. The subject of this line must acknowledge the threat and act accordingly.

The first line, yang, shows an advanced person compared to an angel with drooping wings. Although there has been some injury, the subject can perform austerities to reach a state of mental peace.

The second line, yin, shows a person whose leg has been pierced. S/he escapes danger on his/her strong and able horse, which is a metaphor for spiritual reserves.

The third line, yang, shows a king trying to relieve neighboring lands of a tyrant. It is a dangerous trip, but the evil one is captured. The battle is over, but progress in related matters may be slow.

The fourth line, yin, shows a king who travels into a neighboring land to conquer. Suddenly he realizes he is acting like the tyrant he tried to stop in the previous line. He resolves not to be like that and returns to his own kingdom.

The fifth line, yin, shows that the heir to the throne has become enlightened. Because the rest of his family was corrupt, the new vision feels almost like a curse. He has the chance to change history if he remains upright.

The sixth line, yin, shows one who has risen to the knowledge of the higher self, but failed to act on that level. Unfortunately, this person must sink back into the depths of earthly consciousness.

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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