11 Pervading TAI


Pervading. The Small goes, the Great comes.
Wise Words! The Way is open. Make an offering and you will succeed.

This is a time of peace, harmony and spreading abundance. Offer what you have to your highest ideals. Don’t pull back. Beware of greed, malice and mean-spirited actions. Follow the natural cycles with gratitude and the blessings will flow.

The Image
The old character links the shape of the Great Person and the Great Mountain with two hands like the woods embracing its flanks and waters running down its slopes to bring new life.

Circle of Meanings
Connection, peace, harmony, spreading abundance; flowering, opening, expanding communication, communion; a fertile new connection of Heaven and Earth.  Heart Theme: 54 a radical change of state through forces beyond your control.  


Spirit Helpers
Heaven beneath Earth. Father and Mother, the Creator and the Midwife, create an enduring inspiration that pervades the outer field. An influx of energy now will bring flowering and prosperity. Connect yourself to the flow. Communicate and spread it to all. Be great, abounding and fertile. What is unimportant is departing, along with the necessity to be small and adapt. The time that is coming will let you develop your great ideas. You have the chance to develop your fundamental ideas in an encouraging and stimulating atmosphere. Expand your involvement. Be active. Reach out and penetrate to the heart of things. Radically renew your sense of yourself and who you associate with. Support and encourage people. This is the time when the fundamental powers mingle with humans and all can connect with one another. Be firm and focused within and adaptable in your dealings. This Way will endure.

Voice of the Mothers
This is a time of flowering and creative flow that will let you develop your great ideas. Open communication. Spread the energy and blessings to all. Inner perseverance now brings a deep faith in the overall processes of life. Gradually advance to the great world of the symbols (53). Do not focus on radical change (54).

Tai, Pervading, is a special form of the character Da, Great. It represents the great rituals (da xeng) that connect Heaven and Earth, rituals enacted on the first of the sacred mountains, Taishan. Only the King could make these sacrifices, for they involved direct communication with the Royal Ancestors and Di or Heaven that insures the communication between Heaven and Earth is open and flowing for all. Tai, Pervading suggests the time when the spirits walked among us bringing ease, joy and prospering for all. It evokes the first royal sacrifice made by the father of the Zhou, King Wen, which empowered the dynasty. The character Tai is phonetically connected to the names of the six stars of the Bin asterism, the Great Bear or Dipper that is the home of High Lord of Heaven who sends the fates to all. Its root is water and crossing the rivers and its old form is Kan, the Underworld or Ghost River. Tai, Pervading is the fluid metabolism of things, the flow, the streaming of the Way and the rising juices of sexual attraction, joy and ecstasy. It dissolves the spirit and puts it into circulation, a joyous flow and a revivifying spring that means fishes, hidden wealth and the fertile womb.

  • Spring (11): Rouse new growth by disentangling from past influences. Don’t force things. Find the people you belong with.
  • Summer (26): Ripen the fruits by changing your basic approach. Don’t do what you’ve always done. Check your integrity and get back on track.
  • Fall (18): Harvest the crop by restoring your ideals. Abandon the past and embrace the new. Seek the lessons in your experiences. Trust your instincts and the treasure is yours.
  • Winter (46): Find the seed of the new by relying on your own inner strength. Express yourself freely. Put things in order. Find the people you truly belong with. Cooperate with the process and you will soon have cause to rejoice.

Voice of the Fathers
This is an Inspiring Figure, a site of intense mediating activity that connects the primal powers to personal life and cultural change. It is a Gate to the stage of the Symbolic Life when we confront the problems of individual identity, sexuality and personal destiny or mission.

The Situation: A great expansion of possibility and opening of the field of action.

Caring for Others: Align yourself with real values and watch the natural cycles. Expansion and recognition are coming. Create an atmosphere of harmony between people who work together and expect very favorable events. Give gifts, increase rewards.

Setting Intentions: Revise short and medium range plans in a more optimistic light. There will be substantial growth. Expect greater cooperation on all levels. You will have more scope in the future. Be fair and generous in all agreements.

Communication and Interaction: Group rapport is excellent. Reinforce it through common social activities.

Change from the Inside Out: Your creative judgment is right on target. New initiatives are auspicious. The need for expansiveness is strong. You will be rewarded for your efforts with ease.

  • Immediate Future: many fertile openings and connections.
  • Personal Development: take in the stream of blessings.
  • Working within the Family: open the channels to free and joyous communication.
  • Expanding the Circle: expect real growth. Be generous and grateful.
  • Partnership: connect clearly. Discover who you are together. Express it.

Pairing: Bringing Change to Life
Each hexagram is part of a Pair that that activates hidden paths of transformative energy through the interaction of the trigrams or Spirit Helpers, connecting phases of Inspiration and Realization. You are in the Inspiring phase of this Pair.

The transformative process of the pair 11:12 Pervading and Obstruction develops the spirit to spread the wealth and the fortitude to stand by what you know is right.

Outer to Inner: The process shifts the Midwife trigram from the outer world of 11 to the inner world of 12, turning abstract faith in the processes of life into inner devotion.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation shifts the Creator trigram from the inner world of 11 to the outer world of 12, turning inner perseverance into the ability to connect your words and actions with the spirit.

Transforming Lines

Mothering Change presents Transforming Lines as Steps of Change that show you where and how to focus your energy. Click on the links to connect with the Relating Figure generated by each line.

Inner World

Step 1 Beginnings: This return of the spirit attracts a new fate.
Pull up and weave the twisted thatch-grass, each with its kind.
Wise Words! Chastising opens the Way.
Take vigorous action to get out of this lowly place. Find who you belong with. Expressing your feelings topples obstructions and subverts corrupt authority.  Step outside the norms. Co-operate with the ongoing process of change. (46 Ascending)

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
Put on the hollow gourds and cross the River. Do not put off leaving.
Your partners disappear. You acquire honor by moving to the center.
You are unrecognized but you can rescue the situation with a burst of invigorating strength. Losing or acquiring, have no cares. Attach yourself to the quiet at the center of the heart and you will soon flourish. These goings and comings release energy bound up in the past. Co-operate with the ongoing process of change. (36 Hiding Brightness)

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
No level that does not slope. No going without a return.
Trial: this hardship and drudgery is not a mistake.
Have no cares. You are connected to the spirits.
You will share the great meal and find Heaven’s blessing.
If you do not let go of what you have, the spirit cannot return. Go through the hardship. You will experience a real renewal. Your present connections may look sweet, but no good can come of them. Your grief at their failure will release you. You have received a gift from above and it is your job to cultivate it. Something significant is returning. Be open and provide what is needed. (19 Nearing)

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
Fluttering, fluttering, like a young bird leaving the nest.
Have no fear. This is not a warning.
If you are not affluent, use your neighbor’s wealth.
Your connection to the spirits will carry you through.
If you need help, ask for it. Come out and live in the great world. Act on your heart’s desire. This is a time for resolute action. Break through the entanglements and the cause for sorrow will disappear. You are connected to a creative force. (34 Great Invigorating)

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
The great ancestor offers the maidens in marriage.
Use this happiness and satisfaction. It is the footstep of the spirit.
Wise Words! The Way to the Source is open.
This is an omen of great future happiness. You make the new connection with a single try. Gather with others and share what you have.  Make a hidden offering and stay true to yourself. The old quarrels will disappear and new friends will seek you out. Step outside the norms and re-imagine the situation. Co-operate with the ongoing process of change. (5 Attending)

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
The city walls dissolve and return to the moat.
Do not use the legions. This originates from the capital. Trial: Distress.
The structure of things collapses but this disaster may turn out to be heaven’s highway. Disentangle yourself from your own negativity.  Take vigorous action to find the people you really belong with. An unexpected encounter will soon change the whole situation. Step outside the norms and re-imagine the situation. Co-operate with the ongoing process of change. (26 Great Accumulates)