Thursday, June 30, 2016

Forest of Changes Verse for 30-JUN-2016

Yi Dao Morning Reading: Hexagram 59, line 1. Jiao Shi Yi Lin 46 - 59.

Forest of Changes verse for today:

46 - 59

The gates of happiness swing open,
Joy follows every step taken.
Kang Bo[1] ‘our amiable, courteous prince’[2],
Governs the people by using ritual.


[1]  Kang Bo refers to a figure referenced in Hexagram 35 of the Classic of Changes. The Marquis of Kang was a younger brother of the nominal founder of the Zhou dynasty, King Wen. He is referred to in the judgment text of hexagram 35, ‘Advancing’ or ‘Entering’. Marquis Kang was presented with horses (presumably as a reward for actions on behalf of the state). He bred these horses with great success. This Yi Lin verse concerns making good use of opportunities and opening new doors through ability and hard work.
[2]  This phrase is from the Book of Songs, Mao 239, verse 5. The citation is in turn through an incident involving the counselor and philosopher Guan Zi. Details are in the Zuo Zhuan, Duke He, 12th year.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Forest of Changes Verse for 29-JUN-2016

Yi Dao Morning Reading: Hexagram 11, line 3. Jiao Shi Yi Lin 18 - 11.

Forest of Changes verse for today:

18 - 11

Black and yellow,[1] the four ways blocked,
A female ghost is hiding.
It cries out from the walls and roof,
But the female shaman can catch her.



[1] The phrase used is the same as in the Book of Changes, Hexagram 2, line 6.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Forest of Changes Verse for 28-JUN-2016

Yi Dao Morning Reading: Hexagram 38, judgment text. Jiao Shi Yi Lin 63 - 38.

Forest of Changes verse for today:

63 - 38

Two pairs of eyes looking at one another,
Glances meet, thoughts aligned,
Together seated, playing the Sheng.[1]


[1]  A reed instrument similar to a Pan’s pipe arranged in a circle.