Before Completion; Card of the Week 24th August 2015

card 8.24.2015


I-Ching month is almost done and this card (coin) #64 hexagram ‘Before Completion’ speaks of nearing completion too!

Some of us have been working on something pretty hard for awhile.  (Or in some cases, more than awhile!)  This week you might become aware that the work is almost done and you’re nearing completion. This might sound really relieving and awesome, but sometimes there’s actually a little bit of nerve wracking before we’re there.   The bird (so small it’s almost a squiggle!) on this disc is a little fledgling getting ready to take that first flight.  The time of being in the nest is almost completed, but there can still be uncertainty or hesitation at this stage.

The period of chaos, of hubbub, of striving has not yet transcended into order.  The goals are finally in view, but you may get the feeling that things are still incomplete.  In these last pushing moves you want to proceed cautiously and with alertness.  Now is not the time to get cocky or careless or throw a wrap party before the film is in the can.  It’s time to keep calm and carry on, as they saying goes.     Don’t gunk up all your hard work with crazy fear moves now.

All your hard work has not been in vain and you’ve done a great job!!    Some of you will really identify with that this week and go, “YES!!! I am almost in sight of the top, and I’m not going to slip up now.”     But speaking of hard work….  some of us might secretly be thinking, “Well… I would have worked harder… but I didn’t know the direction to go in”  or, “Dang it! I had every intention of doing the work but lately I’ve been procrastinating… waiting even!”       (Hint: if you’re frustrated about what you’re not seeing… make no mistake about it: you ARE WAITING instead of creating or participating in the goal ahead of you!)    — truth is… maybe a little lately you’ve NOT been working as hard as you wanted or intended to.   This week is a good time to re-group and get back on target as you near this time of completion.

And speaking of completion, one last thing:   every “completion” and every “ending” isn’t really an ending at all. Seeded in the completion of this phase is the start of the next phase and something wonderful unto itself.  Your journey never really ends! You don’t have to be afraid that nearing completion means you’ll drift into ennui or staleness or that the excitement that got you through this big thing is over and that you’re going to just turn to boring dust.     (A fear a lot of people have most especially around relationships)

Be patient with your inner birdie if you feel some pangs of nest-sickness. Continue your hard work and keep going!  As Lao Tzu says:


Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm at the end
as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


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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