42 Augmenting YI


Augmenting. The Blessing. Advantageous to have a direction to go.
Advantageous to step into the Great Stream.

Pour energy into all your endeavours. Don’t go on in the old ways. Visualize improvement and shift your position. Diminish what is too much. Beware of selfishness, withholding and failure to nourish and repay. Build resources, replenish the whole.

The Image

The old character shows a container like a cornucopia and the sign for river or water, a stream of blessings.

Circle of Meanings
Increase, expand, develop, pour in more; profit, benefit, strengthen, support; fertile, expansive, overflowing, superabundant, and restorative. Accepting the shock of inner enlightenment now lets you acquire a place where you can influence the world you live in.  Heart Theme: 23 Stripping away the past.

Spirit Helpers
Wood/Wind over Thunder. Eldest Daughter and Eldest Son, the Matchmaker and the Groundbreaker, are rousing inner energy that expands outer penetration. This is a time of advance and development. Increase your involvements. Pour in more energy. Impose a direction on things. Facilitate communication between people and spread the wealth. Act this way with confidence. Enter the stream of life with a purpose. This is a good time to begin a project or found an enterprise. By diminishing things, you have brought a flourishing new time. Stimulate and encourage people. New energy is penetrating the world, so strip away your old ideas. When Heaven spreads out, Earth gives birth. Together they increase and augment everything. If you reflect this, you can move with the flourishing time.

Voice of the Mothers
Increase your involvements. Pour in more, expand and develop things. Open communication with others. Accepting the shock of inner enlightenment now lets you acquire a place where you can influence the world you live in. Skin away outmoded cultural forms (49). Do not focus on stripping away your own old thoughts and habits (23).

Sun, Diminishing and Yi, Augmenting offer a paradigm of sacrifice and its results. Augmenting is the blessing: What is above gives to what is below. The root of the term is a recipient for food. It is the meats eaten at the feast, a vessel overflowing with blessing, the sun that appears through the grace of the ancestor after a dark time, gladdening and enriching everything. This is the feast in which all partake and the blessings (fu) showered on us through the Ancestors after they have received and accepted our sacrifice and presented our needs to the High Lord. Yi, augmenting is a synonym of yi, change, as a gift or blessing, a transformation that is effected by a crossing like the transforming lines in the Change. Philosophically, it is what enriches power and virtue (de), rising and opening from the seeds. It is the waxing moon, the celebrant, the new king, the blessing, a connection of Heaven and Earth brought about by ritual, sacrifice and inner work.

Summer (42): Ripen the fruits by stepping up involvements. Clean up mistakes. Don’t fall into negative feelings. 
Fall (20): Harvest the crop through seeking signs of a new time as they manifest. Compare what you have against what you need. The armies are set to begin, so don’t impede them with outmoded thinking.
Winter (8): Find the seed of the new by re-grouping your thoughts and those with whom you feel kinship. Lay out a real plan and integrate it with your current resources. New energy will shift your momentum.
Spring (3): Rouse new growth by distancing yourself from old entanglements. Do it now. This will lead to a breakthrough.

Voice of the Fathers
This is a Realizing Figure, a site of intense mediating activity that connects the primary powers to personal life. It is part of a Zone of Radical Transformation where we pass through the Tiger’s Mouth to Open the Heart anew. It is a Gate to the stage of the Symbolic Life that confers higher levels of empowerment in culture and a new ritual status on the fully individualized being.

The Situation: A time when those above make power and resources available to increase the wellbeing of those below.

Caring for Others: Serve rather than dominate. Make your energy and ability available to those in a position below you. Work with the small. Systematically make benefits available those with the least power and increase efforts to support the general wellbeing of your family.

Setting Intentions: Focus on the basics. Make sure those who have sacrificed in times of need are rewarded. Gather together and provide for replenishment of resources. Care for those who have cared for you. Replenish the resevoir of basic resources. Do not hold back.

Communication and Interaction: Positive interaction is essential. Start in small, simple ways Aim for clarity and emphasize benefits for all.

Change from the Inside Out: Deal with areas of greatest need first. Make long term commitments. Deal with immediate family needs before reaching out. Seek support with confidence. New endeavors are very promising. Present new ideas with confidence and clarity. Be generous.

  • Immediate Future: many creative opportunities appear.
  • Personal Development: mobilize your heart. Express your innate generosity.
  • Working within the Family: express yourself freely to circulate the spirit.
  • Expanding the Circle: spread benefits. Increase basic strength.
  • Partnership: reap the rewards of your work. Enjoy this blessing together.

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 Realizing phase of this Pair.

The transformative process of the Pair 41:42 Diminishing and Augmenting inspires you to give up old patterns of aggression and need and open yourself to the blessing that results.

Outer to Inner: The process turns the Gatekeeper trigram in the outer world of 41 into the Groundbreaker trigram in the inner world of 42. This turns your abstract awareness of boundaries and patterns into inner enlightenment.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation transforms the Mediator trigram in the inner world of 41 into the Matchmaker trigram in the outer world of 42.  This turns inner self-reflection into the ability to find a place where you can influence the world you live in.

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.
Advantageous to arouse and activate the Great.
Wise Words! The Way to the Source is open. This is not a mistake.
You need a great idea around which you can organize yourself and your passion. You will not be diminished but augmented by this. It will bring benefit to everyone involved. Draw up a plan and be sure of yourself. You will get help in mobilizing your energy. Be generous and all your desires will be fulfilled. Strip away old ideas. (20 Viewing) 

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
Someone Augments you.
Ten pair of tortoise divinations cannot control or contradict this!
Wise Words! Trial: an ever-flowing Way.
The King makes presentations to the Supreme Power. The Way opens.
This is a blessing, a mission from above. Anything you wish to do will prosper. This connection will bind you to others on a deep spiritual level. A hidden spirit is calling from the depths. Do not hesitate to answer. Be open and provide what is needed. (61 Opened Heat/Connect to Center) 

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Augmented through service when the Way is closed. This is not a mistake.
There is a connection to the spirits that will carry you through.
The center is moving. Inform the prince. Use the jade baton.
What seems like an unfortunate happening will turn out to your benefit. The capital city is about to be moved and you are part of the process. Diminish your involvement with the old ways. Send someone quickly to give the message and you will soon have cause to rejoice. Honestly repent past mistakes. If you simply let things slide the connection will disintegrate. Gather energy for a decisive new move. (37 Dwelling People) 

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
The center is moving.  Inform the prince and he will follow.
Advantageous to participate in shifting the capital city.
This is a great change in the center of power. Stay loyal to your friends. Act on your ideas. You will soon gain a friend or lose an entangling triangle. You are pursuing a great ideal. Do not lose heart. This drudgery will bring you profit and insight in the end. Proceed step by step. Gather energy for a decisive new move. (25 Disentangling) 

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
You have a connection to the spirits and a benevolent heart.
No question, the Way to the Source is open.
A connection to the spirits will carry you through.
Wise Words: A benevolent heart is my power and virtue.
You have a kind, generous heart and a noble spirit. Act through your virtue and kindness. Do not question this. Use it to create something that endures. Everyone will benefit. Do not discipline people or set out on an expedition now. Shake up the source of nourishment. Reject the rules and clear the channels. Do not step into the great stream of life until this is cleared up. Be open and provide what is needed. (27 Jaws/Nourishing) 

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
This absolutely does not Augment you.
If you try to order your heart without fixing this omen,
Someone will smite you. Trap! The Way will close for you.
You receive a great sign but will not heed it. Nothing good can come of this. This is a warning you can heed if you will. Steady your emotions. Your involvement in melancholy feelings is a real mistake. You have to correct a far-reaching error, so punish those who must be punished and set your youthful spirit free. Do not just sit there weeping blood. Strip away your old ideas. Be open and provide what is needed. (3 Sprouting)