Saturday, August 27, 2016

Forest of Changes Verse for 27-AUG-2016

Yi Dao Morning Reading: Hexagram 49, judgment text. Jiao Shi Yi Lin 49 - 32.

Forest of Changes verse for today:

49 - 32

Three people set forth,
They travel north to seek their luck.
When the elder’s feet are injured,
The younger shoulders the bags,
And our treasure is not lost.



Friday, August 26, 2016

Forest of Changes Verse for 26-AUG-2016

Yi Dao Morning Reading: Hexagram 54, judgment text. Jiao Shi Yi Lin 54 - 54.

Forest of Changes verse for today:

54 - 54

The oriole trapped by ice,
Distressed.
No seeds in sight, only the brambles and the wormwood,
Frightened by birds of prey,
Our heart breaks for it.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Forest of Changes Verse for 25-AUG-2016

Yi Dao Morning Reading: Hexagram 3, line 2. Jiao Shi Yi Lin 3 - 12.

Forest of Changes verse for today:

3 - 12

Hitching team to carriage,
Traveling south.
The Vertical Alliance is split from east to west.
Yan and Qi are at odds.[1]


[1] This verse points out an instance of moral turpitude endangering an alliance. The Vertical Alliance was an attempt to unite six kingdoms against the kingdom of Qin. It was jeopardized when Su Qin, leader of the alliance, had an affair with the Marquis of Yan’s wife. When the marquis discovered it Su Qin fled to Qi. The alliance eventually was defeated by Qin due to internal discord. Some versions of the verse (11 - 35, 17 - 46 and 40 - 31) have Yan and Qin instead of Yan and Qi. I have translated Yan and Qi throughout based on the historic context.