Magical Twilight; card of the week 19th January 2016

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This i-Ching hexagram #36  sometimes called “twilight” or  “darkening of the light” relates to a similar theme we saw last week (don’t rush into motion, there might not be anything you can DO) and the re-view, re-negotiate, and be thoughtful themes of this month’s  mercury retrograde.   “Twilight” speaks of an especially fortunate time for  continuing to guard steady, amazing progress by sticking to our personal integrity and letting go instead of leaping into fevered motion.

When the twilight comes it’s a magical time of evening with fireflies glowing and stars beginning to shine.   But it’s also a time between rest and motion when visibility is low and when  not all the little day-creatures have found their safe nests.   Bound by day and night, the land between these two worlds creates the need for caution and consideration.     After all, you don’t want to be the day-mouse darting around haphazardly  under the watchful eyes of a night owl.

(this picture painted on a tiny wooden disc makes it hard to see – but there’s a little mouse peeking out of a hole)

This week, appreciate the beauty of the transitional energy underway.  Count the fireflies and stars, but be mindful about what you’re doing. Don’t get lured out of your nest before the time is right and don’t scurry without direction or a flashlight.  Even if you find yourself going to lots of social engagements, you’ll do best if you keep yourself grounded in your own immovable core as you have a good time or as you bring your wisdom and friendship to those who are having a tough go.

This week is not about dimming your PERSONAL light or living in the dark!   In fact,  this is a great week to think about ways in which you can stay true to yourself  without getting all caught up in what’s going on.  If you’re true to yourself  then your light can really shine the way it’s meant to and you’ll have way more fun that way.

Twilight hexagram is also about not always going along with what’s popular.     Conventional thinking  could lead you down a road that is just not YOU. The masses can be right about a lot of things but there’s also time when the conventional wisdom around you might suggest the most basic “little me” ego way to see the world – for example:    —   don’t try to understand another person’s pain or experience – ditch ‘em!  — don’t think about what role you played in things, blame someone else!  You shouldn’t have to be kind or loving, the person in the wrong should do it!

Think twice before you let what’s popular or common  define your direction.    You might even  find yourself swimming against the Zeitgeist this week.   Think about all those scientists who were laughed at; of Copernicus who had the crazy notion that the Earth revolves around the sun, and how very much AGAINST the grain of popular thinking that once was.

Yes, the  twilight brings dimmer light and with it, it’s harder to see far ahead and harder to connect the dots and see how everything fits together but sometimes it’s not important to see how it all fits and to trust the Heavens in their sparkling, infinite array of stars and potential ahead.   You’re safe, you’re you and you have an important light to bring to the world!

 

Have a great week!

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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INCREASE: card of the week 31st August 2015

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What a way to end the series on the i-ching for August: INCREASE!! And what a great theme to bring into September too!       This hexagram is about abundance and creativity, finally ARRIVING and prosperity.

This can be a really successful period if we start focusing our minds in that direction.   And that’s sometimes the trick, right?  To focus on hard WORK instead of emotions, excuses or procrastinating.  The force of increase works best if we’re active in it instead of passively hanging out and waiting for it to bring its riches to us.  We’ll feel a lot better if we stop ho-humming and get in the groove of doing some things that invest in the DREAM this week.   Take advantage of this increase while it’s here!  The good times are starting to roll and we need to roll with them and not let them pass by.

If we have a stream or ocean to cross, it’s good to take advantage of abundant tides and strengthening winds to get underway… but these things don’t work by themselves.  The traditional text on hexagram #42 speaks of having a goal in mind and somewhere to go to,  of making true priorities.         If you end up being really inspired this week, what will you do with it?  If you find yourself with extra money in your pocket, will you use it for your deeper plans or goals?

All the reaping of rewards, lush vines growing on fertile grounds, abundance, encouragement and expansion forward is amazing! But how can you pump up the jam too?  Coming from the mentality of “having” versus “loss” is just as important as generosity.  Be generous with feelings of abundance, and with all the flowering and growth and prosperity coming this week and month.   Spread the wealth and largess.  (and if you say, “I don’t have anything to give” — yes you do!)

The more we give and spread, the more we INCREASE in ourselves and others!  This is not the time to be a miser and think about how little you have and how to protect that little bit. This is not the time to go into fear or see minuses instead of pluses.  Not a time to be frugal with the flow.  The more you share and the more you focus on your overflow the more your own flowers will bloom!

If you’ve been stressed about abundance or have felt like you don’t have enough money, or enough love… this is such a wonderful week to have and to create those things.

Have a wonderful week of INCREASE!!

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.

Before Completion; Card of the Week 24th August 2015

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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.

Companionship; Card of the Week 17th August 2015

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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.

Gentle; Card of the Weed 10th August

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This week’s installment of the I-Ching coins is #57, The Gentle.    In stories of antiquity, the magical and mystical unicorn could only be caught by a gentle maiden.  In a similar way, this week’s abundance can be captured by a soft approach.

Sometimes storms and upheavals create sudden change, and at other times change is created by the soft, gentle water polishing river pebbles slowly over time, or gentle breezes distributing seeds.  Sometimes the things that seem gentle, slow or less “showy” than the big loud bangs are creating even bigger and more dynamic changes.

A subtle, gentle approach can be a deeply penetrating one.  A soft heart can be deeply influencing in ways being a loud-mouth can’t.    For example, a simple touch from a friend can telegraph more meaning than a thousand words,   the presence of a loved one simply listening can be worth more than saying all the “right” things.  The truth doesn’t always need a rooftop to shout from or soap-box to speak from.

A gentle energy can manifest as the power of something we don’t normally think of as “strong” or “tough” but nevertheless wields great power.   This especially reminds me of all the things we think of as less “real” than things and goals.   Your thoughts might seem trivial, but your faith can still  move mountains.  Your little seeds of ideas and glimmerings of creativity might not seem significant,  but these little seeds can be the food for great things to happen.     Love and kindness can part a dark curtain of fear and heal.

Keeping a steady, gentle, patient, soft pace can help you get where you need to go.   When I first started hiking I wasn’t very good.  At first I was trying to take giant steps and I was pounding my way up the mountain scaring the wildlife and scattering chipmunks with my loud,  awkward movements.    Going down small inclines was just as awkward and clumsy… and I scuttled like a pebble and had little control.    Not only was I freaking out Bambi, I was getting tired and winded.

Suddenly I remembered, “Walk like a deer!” that my dad had taught me when I was young.  Take small, gentle steps.      I slowed down, took shorter steps, and wow! I could walk up steep inclines without getting tired,  I could breathe better,  I could see the animals, I took in the views.  On the way down, my little “deer” steps kept me from losing a battle with forward momentum and gravity.

Don’t be afraid to be gentle, kind and soft this week.

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”  – Gandhi

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.

Youthful Follies; Card of the Week 3rd August 2015

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This week’s card (tiny wooden disc)  is #4 Youthful Folly!    What a great week to think about “youthful” energy. The energy is new, and a new version of you is springing forth and hopping like the bunny in this picture.    This energy just wants to go out there and shake that cotton tail and boogie!   Just like the “fool” in the tarot deck, this symbol is about starting a new chapter with faith in the unknown; even if there have been some tough surprises or reminders in the last week or so, you’re pulled to keep exploring and pushing FORWARD and this young excitement and innocence can help you try new things.

This week, we’re guided to think about that “youthful” energy in terms of our inexperience.  Things are different, so it’s normal to feel  a little clueless or lost.   That’s ok!  It just means we might need to ask for help, guidance and instruction, and even give ourselves permission to hop out of bounds and make a few mistakes.

Sometimes youth is impetuous and says,  “I don’t know—but I’ll do it anyway!!”  – so are you going to be impatient with your new energy, try to shame it for being stupid or try to reign it in, or are you going to let it hop loose… with some structure and education?

Youthful energy can get us hopping again but it can also mean that we’re so eager to hop that we can be careless, reckless or foolish in the process.   (Let’s go!!  I want it all right now!) To avoid carelessness or errors, as well as impatience, give yourself TIME and be willing to learn.

If you typically are the parent or teacher,  this week could flip the script.   Something (or someone) unusual might bring you a learning moment this week, so it will pay to be a willing student instead of hard-headed and sure of your own ideas.  (all the old rules you learned about where to hop and where not to hop might not apply this week!)

This week we’re asked to think about the inexperience or “youthful” energy in our partners, friends or loved ones too.  Sometimes we take a lot of responsibility to “parent,” teach or take care of a partner or loved one when in really  we could choose to  loosen up and let them be responsible for their inexperience and their own learning.

If someone around you is making mistakes, consider whether trying to convince them and hammer concepts home is really all that helpful.    It will pay to be patient with youthful exuberance this week – whether your own,  or your loved one.

Happy hopping!

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.

Gathering Together: Card of the week 27th July 2015

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Today’s card (actually a tiny, painted wooden coin Winking smile )   is from the I-Ching  hexagram #45.    I thought this was an especially interesting image to get this week considering we are celebrating the BLUE MOON (the second full moon this month!) – the full moon in Aquarius in Friday the 31st.   The full moon of the water-carrier Aquarius  ties right into Gathering Together #45.   As tiny drops of rain collect together, they move into little rivulets and small babbling brooks, eventually gathering strength as they flow into creeks and then streams and then mighty rivers, joining forces towards the sea.

This week forces are gathering within us and around us, gathering strength and momentum and carrying us to our next destination. While this is a really positive energy for this special Blue Moon, some may feel excited, restless or agitated as these powerful energies flow forward. To fight against the flow would be just as pointless as struggling against the tide.  Even if things are happening that you don’t understand, it’s pointless to fight against the flow. This is especially important as some people confront any much needed evidence of the “endings” that have been shown to us earlier in the year, those parts of our lives that are no longer joining us in the next phase.    True love, romantic love and soul connections  are a themes that we look at or see reflected to us in light of the “blue moon” which affords rare opportunities.

Gathering together also indicates social groups and social groups as with the school of fish in the image.  Social groups, business partnerships, creative collectives, collaborations, friends and family are a big part of the energy this week. We’re guided to think about what fish we’ll flow with over the coming months and where we truly want to go, so  play-time and work time this week will nudge your thinking in this direction.   Crowds and groups can create change that you alone cannot, in the same way a river can carve a canyon while a single drop cannot. This is not the time to be an island unto yourself. If you’re naturally an introvert, or you don’t feel supported directly by friends and family right now, a crowd of supporters (online? through expressing yourself?)  is waiting to flow with you and help you go where you need to go.

Gathering forces can make for a wonderful platform to get the opportunities and direction that our true heart desires.  However, be aware that a group dynamic can always present some challenges along the way.  You might find yourself asking, “Is everyone on the same page?”   or,  “Am I really like the people I’m connected with?  Maintain your sense of individuality, there’s nobody in the group like you and you’re not supposed to be a carbon copy of all the others.  Your uniqueness and differing style is important to all.   Diverse opinions and personalities can undermine the unity of any group, but cooperation is in focus for the week.

No matter what, you have a choice about where those “gathering together” forces flow. Will you turn the spigot towards something you want? Something important?  Or, will you try to turn the faucet back towards something over, ended and finished?  Will you try o get in the way of the energy, or will you let it go and flow?  It’s all up to you this week!

Happy Blue Moon!

 

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.