51 Shake/Groundbreaker ZHEN


Make an offering and you will succeed.
The Shake comes, Ai! Ai! Then laughing words, Hah! Hah!
The Shake frightens us for a hundred miles around.
Do not lose the sacrificial ladle or spill the aromatic spirits.

Stir things up and eliminate old patterns. Transform fear and anxiety by carefully inspecting and adjusting your attitudes. Don’t be timid. Find the source of all misfortune by examining your own motives and attitudes. Change yourself and you change the situation. Do not oppose the order of creative change. 

The Image
The old character shows rain falling from heaven and the sign for shock or cutting through, the waking of the earth in early spring.

Circle of Meanings
A disturbing and fertilizing shock; thunder, earthquake, male sexual energy; arouse, inspire, wake up, shake up, stir up, quicken; break through the shell, come out of the bud, the return of life in early spring. Accepting the shock of inner enlightenment now leads to a liberating awareness of the whole. Heart Theme: 39 the Difficult goings and comings that prepare deliverance.  

Spirit Helpers
Recurring Thunder. Youngest Son, the Groundbreaker, shakes things up to get rid of old patterns. Stir things up and open the field to new creative energy. What at first seems frightening will soon be a cause to rejoice. Do not lose your concentration. Be calm and clear. This is a time of fertile and rousing shocks, bursts of new energy that shake things up. It brings new life into the world. Rouse things to new activity and re-imagine yourself. The moment when thunder bursts from the earth in spring brings everything back to life. Inspect and adjust yourself. Guide the ceremonies that bring fertility back to all.

Voice of the Mothers
This is a disturbing and fertilizing shock, the return of life in early spring. Wake up, shake things up, break through the shell. Accepting the shock of inner enlightenment now leads to a liberating awareness of the whole. This is a time when the Bright Omens that guide people’s lives emerge from the Ghost River (30). Do not focus on expressing your own great idea now (14).

Zhen, Shake is rain and the spirit that brings the rains, violent thunder from beneath that rouses all to new growth after the dead time of winter. It is the ritual of opening the fields performed at the ancestral temple and the field altar, where an offering of dark aromatic millet wine perfumed with the sensual fragrance of the orchis calls the spirits to return. It is the great exorcism at spring’s beginning, a burst of violent noise and chaos that frightens away the spirits grown old, those whose time has passed and wakes the insects sleeping in the earth. This dynamic process is expressed as thunder, the spark of yang born in the breast of yin, the thunder rituals and incantations that inspire both terror and joy. It is the moment when the fetus begins to stir, associated with dawn, the east, the rising sun, green and the wood moment. Zhen, Shake is the Arouser and Exorcist. He is flamboyant and sexual, luxuriating, frightening and inspiriting, green and full of juice. He is motion and moves all things, an emerging Dragon.  Shake stimulates everything that moves or moves in the body, purifies the blood, links eyes and sexual organs, desire and anger, vision and motivation, giving the capacity to act decisively.

Spring (51): Rouse new growth by staying calm when others are confused. Be brave and independent. Watch who you let in. There is a real source of energy and profit here. Re-imagine the whole situation.
Summer (21): Ripen the fruits by biting through the obstacles to union. Change your perspective. Be clear and simple. Your worth will soon be recognized.
Fall (35): Harvest the crop by applying your talents. Strip away your negativity. You can influence people if you master your words.
Winter (16): Find the seed of the new by letting your actions speak, not your words. Don’t call out for help. Lead by example. Get your house in order, be generous and you can inspire the creative energy.

Voice of the Fathers
This is an Inspiring Figure and a spirit helper. It empowers the Sacred Sickness Pathway connecting personal disorders with cultural change and is a Gate to the stage of the Symbolic Life when we must deal with power and our responsibilities to the human community.

The Situation: A series of shocks that clear away the past and bring deeper personal insight.

Caring for Others: You have had a series of insights into yourself and your position that led to deeper awareness. Now apply what you have learned to the affairs of your family. Take the initiative. Shake things up. Provide clear, well-defined and well directed leadership that encourages new activity.

Setting Intentions: Set real goals and carry them through. Adjust your own thinking and family agreements as the changes unfold. Do not hold back. Be positive and inspiring. This will bring great rewards.

Communication and Interaction: Good. If your line of action is right, cooperation will follow. Feedback is accurate.

Change from the Inside Out: The potential for growth is excellent. New insights will emerge of their own accord. Allow the new ideas to permeate the situation. Discuss things with family members. Your creative judgment is clarifying. Be fearless once you are sure. New endeavors are auspicious. Support is more solid than you expected. Make necessary changes to agreements.

  • Immediate Future: a series of shocks and destabilizing events.
  • Personal Development: rouse creative energy by throwing out old ideas.
  • Working within the Family: rouse things to new growth. Be incisive.
  • Expanding the Circle: be vigorous. Apply what you have learned.
  • Partnership: embrace disturbances as a creative force for change.

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 51:52 Shake and Stilling/Bound develops your ability to still your compulsions and rouse new creative energy in all.

Outer to Inner: The process of the pair transforms the Groundbreaker trigram in the outer world of 51 into the Gatekeeper trigram in the inner world of 52.  This turns outer awareness to inner self restraint.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation transforms the Groundbreaker trigram in the inner world of 51 into the Gatekeeper trigram in the outer world of 52. This turns the shock of inner enlightenment into awareness of the patterns that mark real ends and beginnings.

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.
Shake comes, frightening! frightening!
Then laughing words, shouting! shouting! Wise Words! The Way is open.
This is a profound shock. Everything is turned upside down. Do not call out for help now.  Cut through pride and complication and set the armies marching. If you meet people with generosity and care you can signal to your true kin. Step outside the norms. These goings and comings will release the energy bound up in the past. Gather energy for a decisive new move. (16 Providing For) 

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
Shake comes bringing adversity, hungry souls and angry ghosts.
A hundred thousand cowries lost.
Climb the Nine Mounds. Do not pursue what has been lost.
On the seventh day you will acquire it.
The fertilizing shock comes. You think you have lost something precious and are plagued by the remorse of the past. Do not grieve.  Look at things from an independent perspective. Everything you lost will return of itself. When this is complete nothing can stop you. Let yourself be led and you can realize the hidden potential. Co-operate with the on-going process of change.  (54 Marrying Maiden) 

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Shake reviving, Oh! Oh! Shake moves without a mistake.
The fertilizing shock rouses your dormant creative energy. In this time of abundance you can see only dimly. Though you have found a place to abide with goods and a position you know a greater mission awaits. Still your compulsive actions and you will see where the real motivating power lies. Do not be afraid to act alone. You are connected to a creative force. (55 Abounding) 

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
Shake released from a bog.
Everything is bogged down. Release the fertile energy from this cloud of confusion.  The center of life is moving, so return to yourself and strip away your old ideas. Do not cut yourself in two, separating yourself from real and legitimate desires. The acrid smoke from this repression is smothering your heart. Push on. Something important is returning now. (24 Returning) 

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
Shake comes and goes. Adversity, the hungry souls and angry ghosts.
Stay intent on your desire. Do not lose your purpose. There will be service.
The fertilizing shock comes and goes, bringing up old memories and quarrels.  Keep your mind on what you truly want to do and all will be well. You have made a connection that will lead to real excellence. You must deal with the corruption of nourishment and care now. Stop running after impossible desires. You cannot rescue your followers though your heart may ache for them. Step out to meet the new destiny. Gather energy for a decisive new move. (17 Following) 

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
Shake twisting and turning! Observing, you are terrified: Oh! Oh!
Trap! Chastising closes the Way.
Shake is not in your body, but in your neighbor’s body.
Be calm. This is not a mistake. There will be words about a marriage.
The fertilizing shock twists and turns, driving people around you into a frenzy. Stay aloof. Do not lock your understanding away in old patterns. Be brave and independent. When an impulse to action comes, try to hold back before it leads you into compulsive entanglements. This could become an ever-flowing source of profit and insight. Step outside the norms. These goings and comings release the energy bound up in the past. Gather it for a decisive new move. (21 Biting Through)