Source of Success: Advantageous through the Mare.
The Realizing Person has a direction to go.
First lose the Way, then you acquire it. Advantageous to find a Lord.
Acquire partners in Southwest, lose partners in Northeast.
Trial: You are safe and secure. Wise Words! The Way is open.
Help everything emerge and flourish. Do not take the lead. Beware of aggression, seizing the initiative, and personal ambition. Follow the lead and integrate resources.
The old character shows the Tree at the Earth Altar and two hands offering sacrifice to the deep river of symbols beneath, the primordial waters and rhythm of birth and death.
Circle of Meanings
Nourish, provide for, serve, give birth to, bear fruit; gentle, receptive, adaptable; Earth, the power gives all things form; the mothers, the moon, the servant; the flow, the female sexual organ. Heart Theme: 2 Field/Yielding.
The potency of Earth doubled. The Mother or Midwife provides, serves and produces concrete results. She is the primal power to nourish and give things form. Keep your sense of purpose and service. Join with others in concrete projects and do not shirk your own responsibilities. Remain calm and assured. You can acquire what you desire and achieve mastery. You are confronted with many conflicting forces. This will open a whole new cycle of time. If you try to lead you will be confused. Work in a supporting role. Do whatever presents itself to be done. The Way opens through calm, quiet acceptance. Let your power be so generous that it can carry everything that approaches you.
Voice of the Mothers
Yield to each thing you confront and give it form. This inner devotion brings you a deep faith in the overall processes of life. Voluntarily take the secondary position. Do not judge things. Be open and provide what is needed. Penetrate to the core of each thing you encounter (57). Do not try to contain the overall process of change (63).
Field/Yielding, the Dark Animal Goddess, supplies security and brings things to a good end through the Mare, her emblem animal. She is autumn, harvest, the River-Mountain paradise times and the marriage ceremonies, military expeditions and sacrifices at the Earth Altar, home of the spirit that protects, assures fertility and harvest and wards off disaster. From her center, sacrifice is offered to River and the underworld waters and to Mountain, who connects with Heaven and the Four Directions, the “four sides” or Hidden Lands of this square field of earth with their four Hidden Winds. An age-old tradition underlies this figure, the tradition of the Mysterious Female or Valley Spirit that goes back into the Neolithic, often symbolized as jade and jade objects. It suggests Nu Gua, the mother who made our bodies and the Two Protectors, the Couple who watch over our fate. This Mother of the World (Tianxia Mu) carries an ancient heritage of symbols. She acts through these seed-images to give security and refuge to all creatures. She is the flow, the provider, welcome everywhere. Her hands give blessings. She receives the dead. The Way-Power Classic says: He who has found this mother understands he is a child. When he understands he is her child and clings to her, he will be without danger when the body dies.
Winter (2): Find the seed of the new. The situation will stabilize gradually. Be receptive and follow its lead.
Spring (24): Rouse new growth through returning to your flow. Don’t just think about it, do something. Do not go back to your old ways.
Summer (27): Ripen the fruits by clearing the channels of communication. Use your imagination and don’t fall into self-pity. Any cause for sorrow will soon disappear.
Fall (23): Harvest the crop by changing the way you think and your approach. Let new results show you what to do next. Make real changes. Don’t just switch the way you present things.
Voice of the Fathers
This is a Realizing Figure, an Engine and Heart Theme of Change that recharges experience with meaning and energy. It is a Gate to the first stage of the Symbolic Life, when the child seeks to create a world in which to discover a self.
The Situation: A time of growth through implementing plans and applying ideas, turning things into tangible results.
Caring for Others: Be receptive, nurture things. Draw on your innate understanding of the relation between ideas and their realization. Fulfill original ideas, do not challenge them. Focus on quality and beauty. Act only after basic ideas are agreed upon.
Setting Intentions: Plan for the long term. Take the wider view. Encourage the integration of resources. Your creative judgment is sound and support is available. Do not take risks. Use only what is necessary to realize clearly defined goals. Notice the creativity of others and follow their lead.
Communication and Interaction: Excellent as long as you remain supportive and receptive. Make full use of ideas. Listen to people. Establish an atmosphere of warm cooperation.
Change from the Inside Out: Make plans for the future. Expansion and overt persuasiveness are premature. Attention to learning and growth will yield excellent results. Respond to the initiative of others.
- Immediate Future: many tasks, many opportunities to be of service.
- Personal Development: embrace the great feminine powers.
- Working within the Family: work from the sidelines to release essential character.
- Expanding the Circle: fulfill plans. Integrate and make full use of all.
- Partnership: accept and cherish your partner. Support each other.
Pairing: Bringing Change to Life
Each hexagram stands alone and in a Pair that that activates the hidden paths of transformative energy through the interaction of the trigrams or Spirit Helpers, connecting phases of Inspiration and Realization. You are in the Realizing phase.
The Pair 1:2 Force and Field is an Engine of Change that develops the transformative power to both inspire and realize things.
Outer to Inner: the process of the pair transforms the Creator trigram in the outer world of 1 into the Midwife trigram in the inner world of 2. This turns your desire to connect your action with the spirit into inner devotion to the process of change.
Inner to Outer: this interiorisation transforms the Creator trigram in the inner world of 1 into the Midwife trigram in the outer world of 2, turning inner perseverance into a deep faith in the overall processes of life.
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.
Step 1 Beginnings: This return of the spirit attracts a new fate.
Treading the frost culminates in hardening the ice.
The marriage time draws near.
The new time is coming. The situation feels confused and uncertain but do not try to dominate things or act on impulse. Yield, give way and restore the peace. This is a time to part from the past. Do not try to push this way. Do not just change your face. Take in the lessons of the past. Be open and provide what is needed. (24 Returning)
Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
Straight, four sided and Great.
No need to repeat or rehearse. Nothing not advantageous.
The situation is pregnant with possibility. Everything you want is already there. Have no fear. This will gather friends around you. Creative energy emerges into the lower field of action, giving you the ability to realize your plans. Locate yourself in the center of this energy and you will find a real purpose. Build your reserves for the future. Joy and play are the keys now. Let any distress you feel return you to the Way. Gather energy for the decisive new move. (7 Legions)
Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Trial: a jade talisman, held in the spirit’s mouth,
a containing beauty that empowers.
If someone follows the King’s service,
the time of no accomplishment comes to an end.
This is the place of hidden excellence. If you do not act prematurely you can accomplish all you desire. Continue toiling humbly to bring things to completion. Do not try to act like a great leader. Turn your back on the past. These comings and goings release the energy now bound up in the past. Co-operate with the ongoing process of change. (15 Humbling)
Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
Bundled in the bag. Without fault, without praise.
The situation is pregnant with possibility. Everything you want is already there. Have no fear, this will bring great success and gather friends around you. Build your reserves for the future. Joy and play are the keys now. Let the bad blood depart. Step outside the norms and re-imagine the situation. Gather energy for the decisive new move. (16 Providing For)
Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
Yellow lower garments.
Wise Words: The Way to the Source is open.
There are hidden processes at work now that will lead to great and enduring connections. Accept them though things may look confusing. The connection to the spirit you have now will impress others. Let your power emerge. Be generous. Now is the time to build something enduring. Be open and provide what is needed. (8 Grouping)
Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
Dragons grapple in the countryside.
Their blood flows down, dark mystery into the yellow earth.
The new time is coming. If you try to dominate the situation it would be a misuse of creative energy. Yield, give way and restore the peace. Do not just change your face. Take in the lessons of the past. There is a ripe fruit uneaten and you must carry it away. Be open and provide what is needed. (23 Stripping)