Hexagram 19, judgment text:
Oversight. Great sacrifice. Beneficial to divine. On reaching the eighth month there is misfortune.
Approach. Great success. Constancy benefits. On reaching the eighth month there is misfortune.
Although the opposite of the next hexagram, which shows a tower, Lin is both approaching and overseeing. After a string of divining tags used in sacrificial rites in the old text version we have an unusual reference to a specific month. The eighth lunar month of the Chinese calendar corresponds to the fall, moving back and forth between September and October of the Gregorian calendar.
Humans strive for symmetry and predictability. They try to fit everything into categories and set up hierarchies of duties and benefits. That is what Lin represents for me. Lin is a kind of project management hexagram, laying out the ups and downs of a project, mapping out dates and trying to anticipate problems.
The line texts are quite sparse, little more than divining tags, and with no apparent ‘story’ to tell like the stages of hexagram 50, 53 and others.
This hexagram and 20 are paired with their opposites, 33 and 34. There is subtle symmetry to the figures, with 33 and 20 retiring and contemplative and 19 and 34 active and moving forward.
Tying misfortune to a specific date in the future reminds me of an old corporate joke memo: In order to improve margin forecasts from this point forward all employees will report their sick days 90 days in advance.
Iulian Shchutskii’s Book of Changes version:
Hexagram 19 Attendance (Visitation)
Disharmonious elements were eliminated in the course of the preceding hexagram. These were elements that do not match the current time, inherited from ancestors and now useless, doomed to decay. When these relics of the past have been removed there is nothing standing in the way of remaining elements coming together. Just so in cognition when you have freed yourself from outlived preconceived notions then you can get closer to the objective—knowledge. This is called attendance. But one can’t unite with just anything. The opposite situation to this one, fleeing, is such that approaching it will meet with failure. The text places this fleeing in the eighth month of the Chinese calendar. Therefore the eighth month is a metaphor for fleeing. Even if the initial impulses of this time of Attendance benefit from the constancy of the situation a person will still meet with misfortune when the eighth month comes, as it says in the text:
Primordial growth. Steadiness benefits.
On reaching the eighth month there will be misfortune.
Oracle of the Singularity version from Second Life:
Look for a phoenix in the mountains.
Fortunate to consult the Oracle again and to donate or rate.
Lucky eight is unlucky now.
Commentary: In the old days of Second Life there was a rating system for avatars. You could complement someone by rating them highly on their appearance, etc.
 In Lagerwey (2015) p. 252, and in the Zuo Traditions, Xiang 12.3(4) and Xuan 12, note 180, this is a term for the lamenting done by those of high office or position. Lower ranking lamentation was wailing, Ku哭, a term that is not found in the received version of the Yi.
Forest of Changes verse for today:
19 - 8
Following the times in their circuit,
Not missing a beat.
Taking joy with those of like mind,
Not suffering any disasters.