Nine in the Third. The traveler’s quarters burn down. Losing the serving boy. Omen dangerous.
This hexagram seems ominous, and in terms of day to day life, I suppose it is. But I cannot help seeing another aspect of it. From the divining tag it is dangerous, but not disastrous. So I see this burning of the lodging house pointing not to someone negligently destroying that which they need to survive, but burning deliberately, letting their servant go deliberately.
Let’s look at that angle, at the subject giving up the world (burning their bridges behind them). They are at the top of mountain, above them is fire, a classic image of an occult ‘border’. In many cultures fire is seen as a purifying element in ritual just as is water. So this moment in a spiritual Dao would be a ‘no going back’ time of dedicating yourself fully to the work.
Whether the danger and loss is in the material or spiritual realm, the subject of this line must be prepared do deal with loss.
Iulian Shchutskii’s Russian translation of the Yi:
This line has to take account of the advancing fourth line in front of it, part of the trigram of Li, Fire. The fourth line affects the third here just as in each of the lines of this hexagram, each of which is striving forward to the next. Flames burn up that “order” that can be characteristic of the subject of the third line. On the one hand the path forward to development is closed. On the other the connection with chattel established in the second line has been lost. Thus the ways forward or backward are blocked and staying in one place persistently also causes nothing but feelings of horror, since to occupy this position means to forego motion in either direction. Even if the way ahead seems to be in ruins and the journey seems in vane…a burst of forward motion is what is needed here. It will take decisiveness to extricate a person from a situation like this. Thus the text about this reads:
A strong line in the third place.
The order is burn on that journey.
Losing chattel and servants.
Persistence is baleful.
Oracle of the Singularity version from Second Life:
The traveler’s inn burns down.
Jiao Shi Yi Lin (Forest of Changes) verse for today:
56 - 35
The wren and the Japanese grosbeak,
Weave their nest of small twigs.
A mild breeze disturbs their peace,
The nest swaying in the branches.
With the cold weather comes trembling and constant anxiety.