Companionship; Card of the Week 17th August 2015

card 8.17.2015

It’s a little tough to capture the tiny details on these discs now that I don’t have a good macro setting, but I wanted to zoom in on the teensy hippo and bird in the picture.    I must have had better eyes back then   ( I also apparently thought that using a gel ink with the other pigments was a good idea.  Over the years the purple hue has turned to a kind of weird, fluorescent pink)  — it works though, and the pink is a happy, friendly hue!

What a perfect pick for a friendly energy this week.  The bird and hippo have a mutually beneficial relationship. The hippo gives birdie a feast of pesky bugs, and the bird gives the hippo a sparkling clean hide. I-Ching hexagram 13, Companionship (or Fellowship) speaks of interdependence, relating to one another in a mutually beneficial way.  Friendship abounds and you   Mutual and universal goals (to be loved, to give of oneself)  take precedence over individual motives  and short term goals.

This is a wonderful week to enjoy the benefits of companionship and friendship.  This can be romantic, with friends, business partners or with family.  A sense of respect and mutual goals and objectives can be a harmony that make the union and bond stronger even if there’s only two of you.  To trot out my inner nerd and quote Spock from Star Trek, “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

In a relationships we sometimes lose sight of our mutual goals and objectives when we’re so busy trying to be right, or to have our individual needs and objectives served.  In arguments people are trying to protect themselves and defend;  those common goals (and the compassion needed to see them) sometimes seems to fade when the individual  ego is fighting for validation.  If you find yourself at odds with someone , remember the mutual and universal goals you have.

This is a good week to enjoy company and beneficial connections.  And, of course, if  you don’t see a companion nearby – remember that you can BE a companion to someone and you’re always able to show fellowship to those around you.  Being there and spending a little time with someone can make you feel good too!

About this deck: I made this oracle many years ago using wooden discs painted with wood pencils, varnish, and wood enamels.       It is inspired by the  I-CHING  or “Book of Changes” dating back to end of the second millennium BCE, it’s also one of the oldest books in recorded history.     The I-Ching comprises a set of 64 hexagrams (6 lines each)  which  represent all the possible six-line combinations  of yin/yang energy.   Yin and Yang energy are the dualistic building blocks of the universe;  feminine/masculine, active/passive, light/dark, etc.     Each hexagram is made up of two of the 8 “Hua” Trigrams that represent the classical  fundamental elements and which were said, in legend, to have been inspired when the first  Emperor of China Fu Hsi had visions related to the lines and dashes on a turtle’s back.   Because of some of the legends surrounding it, scholars believe some of the “I-Ching” material pre dates recorded history in Ancient China.

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