Hexagram Forty-four

Your symbol is Hexagram number forty-four, gradual invasion. A devious person wins government office, then tries to take over by appointing like minded people as ministers. The situation is compared to a motivated woman marrying a man to take over his wealth.

The first line, yin, shows that such a person should be kept in check like a carriage with the brake set firmly. Movement in any direction will bring misfortune. The analogy is given of a young pig that is sure to cause trouble if let loose.

The second line, yang, shows a person with fish in his/her sack. The good fortune can become clouded if s/he allows the unruly person of the first line to meet with his/her guests.

The third line, yang, shows one who walks with great difficulty after a flailing cuts the skin of his/her buttocks. It is good to stand up for oneself, since the humiliation and pain will eventually go away.

The fourth line, yang, shows a person carrying his/her bag, but the fish have been lost. Since an unqualified person has managed to make away with the fish there will be misfortune.

The fifth line, yang, shows a small, spreading tree that conceals a jewel. There is a deep faith that one can regain his/her wealth and overcome the petty invader. This faith will bring good fortune.

The sixth line, yang, shows one who is desperate to regain his/her lost wealth. This person puts on horns and fights the aggressor. Although his/her position is dangerous and will cause some regret, the action is necessary given the circumstances.

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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