55 Abounding FENG


Make an offering and you will succeed.
The King sacrifices at the Earth Altar: No mourning!
He makes the sacrifice at noon and sets the armies marching.

Spread the wealth to all. Keep your focus. Use severe measures to correct wrongdoing. Beware of melancholy, doubt and negativity. Be positive even when you do not feel like it. Take chances on the new and offbeat.

The Image
The old character shows a ritual vessel, a cornucopia or a big war drum, ears of grain and a threshing floor.

Circle of Meanings
A time of plenty, copious, rich, generous, profuse, overflowing; culminating point that activates creative energy; give freely to all; omen or sign of a great renewal. Accepting inner guidance now brings a liberating awareness of the whole. Heart Theme: 28 the Great Transition and emergence as an individual.  

Spirit Helpers
Thunder over Fire. Youngest Son and Middle Daughter, the Navigator and the Visionary, bring inner warmth and illumination that rouse the outer world. Be exuberant and expansive. Overflow with good feeling, support and generosity. Rid yourself of sorrow, melancholy and care. Imagine yourself as the king whose power bestows wealth and happiness. Shed your light on all. This time cannot last forever. When the sun reaches the center, it begins to set. When the moon is full, it begins to wane. Heaven and Earth fill and empty all things, but do not grieve over this. Shed your light on all and drive away the shadows.

Voice of the Mothers
A time of plenty that activates creative energy. Rid yourself of sorrow. Overflow with generosity and care. Accepting inner guidance now brings a liberating awareness of the whole. Let your great idea appear and shine for all (14). Do not focus on stepping out to meet a new destiny (10).

Feng, Abounding suggests a heng or image-fixing ritual. This heng-ritual was celebrated at the height of summer, when the year changes at the solstice. The King would withdraw into the Mourning Hut to fix the forms of coming abundance by sacrificing to the dark forces that bring the harvest. This also suggests playing the war tambours and calling the armies that become active in autumn after the harvest. It represents offerings that bring happiness, wine-drinking feasts and the wine vessel used at the Outskirts Altar, full of blessings. The root is pig, symbolizing riches. Feng is also the name of King Wu’s military capital, built on the Feng River.  When King Wu was in the Mourning Hut beginning the three years of isolation prescribed for a royal ancestor a solar eclipse occurred. The sky became dark and the Bin or Dipper, the palace of Shang Di, the High Lord, appeared in the heavens. King Wu took this as a direct omen from Heaven that he had finally received the Mandate for Change. He made a turtle divination to see if he should remain in mourning or take up arms. The oracle responded: “Perhaps stay in mourning? Trap! The Way closes!” King Wu made the yi-sacrifice and set the armies marching to fight the battle that ended the rule of the Shang and ushered in abundance for all.

Spring (55): Rouse new growth by spreading abundance to all.  Do not stay in isolation. Seize the opportunity. Don’t be afraid to act alone.
Summer (30): Ripen the fruits by evaluating your motives and feelings. Be very careful. Don’t get trapped by the past.
Fall (56): Harvest the crop by sticking to your principles and connections. Do deviate from what you must do. Stay with the influence and go through all the steps. It will bring you all you want.
Winter (62): Find the seed of the new by making very careful moves. Stay low and humble. Be sincere. Rescue what is important. Hold on to the hidden connections. They lead to honor and reward.

Voice of the Fathers
This is an Inspiring Figure, part of a Zone of Radical Transformation when the Bright Omens that guide people’s lives become words that carry to a new generation. It is an experience of Centers of Power in the stage of the Symbolic Life when we must deal with power and our responsibilities to the human community.

The Situation: A time to eliminate negative feelings and give full expression to your creative abilities.

Caring for Others: Take the initiative. The potential you see now is based on genuine insight. Make it the focus of your future plans. Let it play out in running and re-organizing family routines. Avoid melancholy and doubt.

Setting Intentions: Anything is auspicious now if you believe in it and commit yourself to its realization. Have no doubts. Growth will be much better than you expect. Your creative judgment is superb. Be spontaneous. Let it flow.

Communication and Interaction: Make an effort to bring all your lines of communication into alignment with each other. Motivate yourself; do not rely on others who probably do not have your vision yet. Arrange get-togethers.

Change from the Inside Out: Innovation is in the air and your judgment is likely to be accurate and precise. Support is inevitable. You have no idea of the value of what you have done. Clear up any formalities. Make the effort to present your ideas and persuade others. Settle all agreements within the next six weeks.

  • Immediate Future: challenges that lead to abundance and plenty.
  • Personal Development: rouse your creative energy and express it freely.
  • Working within the Family: give of your insight and spirit to circulate joy to all.
  • Expanding the Circle: implement your vision. Motivate others.
  • Partnership: enjoy the abundance you feel and share it with others.

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 Inspiring phase.

The transformative process of the pair 55:56 Abounding and the Sojourner develops the freedom to offer abundance to all and the courage to carry the message into the world.

Outer to Inner: The process transforms the Groundbreaker trigram in the outer world of 55 into the Gatekeeper trigram in the inner world of 56. This turns your awareness of the whole into a stabilizing inner restraint.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation shifts the clarity and awareness of the Visionary trigram from the inner world of 55 to the outer world of 56, turning inner guidance into the ability to find real directions in life.

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.
Meeting your lord as an equal.  The ten day week.
This is not a mistake. There is honor and reward in going.
You encounter someone or something that will change the course of your life. Hold onto the connection and go through all the steps. If you try to fly away now everything you care for will vanish. Be very small, very careful and very frugal. Do not be afraid to stand alone. You are connected to a creative force. (62 Small Traverses/Flying Bird) 

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with other.
Abounding screens them.
It is so dark at noon you see the Dipper, constellation of fates.
Charge: If we go forward, we will know doubts and affliction.
Response: You have a far-reaching connection to the spirit
that will carry you through. The Way is open.
Although you feel isolated and unsure you have a profound link to deep energies that is working at a great distance to create new connections. Press on. You have found real excellence. You can complete your work now and be recognized. Be resolute. You are connected to a creative force. (34 Great Invigorating) 

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Abounding veils them.
The capital is so dark at noon we see only dimly.
He breaks his right arm. This is not a mistake.
You see such extraordinary things that you lose the capacity to respond. This is not a mistake. The fertile shock is on the way. Still your compulsions and stabilize your heart. A greater mission lies ahead. These goings and comings release the energy now bound up in the past. Gather your resources for a decisive new move. (51 Shake/Groundbreaker) 

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
Abounding screens them.
The capital is so dark at noon we see the Dipper, constellation of fates.
He meets the Hidden Lord. The Way is open.
In your solitude you meet something that makes everything clear.  This is an extraordinary thing. Hold onto the connection. Reclaim your lost intelligence. People have confidence in you. This seeming disaster can mark a profound change to a new state of being. These goings and comings release the energy bound in the past. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (36 Hiding Brightness) 

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
He receives the Mandate, held in a containing beauty.
There will be reward and praise. The Way opens.
You have the ability to usher in abundance. Rewards and praise will be showered on you.  Let your great creative strength be seen. Your inner ideas will brighten outer events. Though your companions are full of negative emotions they cannot harm you. Take care of those under you. You are coupled with a creative force. (49 Skinning/Revolution) 

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
The roof screens the Mourning Hut.
Will he peep through the door, alone and cut off for three years?
Trap! The Way closes.
Do not stay in mourning for the past. Break out of this trap! Grasp the changing time and act. If you set out on campaign now there will be excellent results. Do not be afraid to act alone. You are connected to a creative force. (30 Radiance/Visionary)