Hexagram Fifty-three

Your symbol is Hexagram number fifty-three, advancing in small steps. Progress that happens gradually is firm and steady.

The first line, yin, shows an inexperienced person attempting an important job. If there is some error, this person should be encouraged, not blamed. It is similar to a flock of birds flying to shore. The young may have to struggle to keep up, but there is no cause for blame.

The second line, yin, shows a person who rests to take food and drink. This is a necessary step in the journey, just as the birds may land on a rocky cliff to eat.

The third line, yang, warns against neglect of duty. As birds fly to higher ground, so people must take precautions when danger threatens.

The fourth line, yin, advises finding equilibrium. The image is of birds flying into a tree and landing on the level branches.

The fifth line, yang, shows that after a long wait, one attains one's wishes. The image is given of birds reaching their destination.

The sixth line, yang, explains that the entire journey has been auspicious, and the time thought wasted was actually part of the plan. The analogy is that when the birds pass over the village, they drop beautiful feathers that can be used in ceremonies.

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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