57 Subtle Penetration/Matchmaker SUN


Act through the Small. Make an offering now and you will succeed.
Advantageous to have a direction to go.
Advantageous to see the Great People.

Spread the mandate to move the people to service. Do not just stir things up. Do not lose sight of where you are going. Be clear, expose the difficulties and unravel the mysteries. 

The Image
The old character shows an altar with wrapped meat offerings on it representing the myriad creatures.

Circle of Meanings
Gently penetrate to the core, supple, flexible, and adaptable; enter from below, be shaped by the situation; support, nourish, find the base from which things grow. Inner self-cultivation now lets you acquire a place where you can influence the world you live in. Heart Theme: 38 Diverging, turn conflict into creative tension by dealing with the hidden.


Spirit Helpers
Following Winds. Eldest Daughter, the Matchmaker, penetrates to the base or ground from which things grow and awakens the inner seeds. Penetrate deeply into the situation to find the hidden disorders and awaken inner wisdom.  Do not impose a solution. Enter the situation from below. Let it shape you and find the inner ground. Be humble and adapt to crosses your path, like the pervasive influence of wind or the hidden power of growing roots and branches. Look to what is needed. See those who can show you what is great in yourself and the situation. Balance and equalize things. Evaluate everything privately. There is a strong purpose moving here and you can connect with it.

Voice of the Mothers
Penetrate to the core of each thing and find the hidden sickness. Be supple, flexible and adaptable. Inner self-cultivation now lets you acquire a place where you can influence the world you live in. Open communication with others (58). Do not focus on re-grouping your own thoughts (8).

Sun, Subtle Penetration, is the Lady of Fates who lays out the offerings on the low altar and binds the Myriad Beings to their fates. She crosses thresholds and transmits orders from Heaven. Her wrapped food offerings are an image of the Myriad Creatures toiling and laboring on the field of earth, for life is brought and carried by her winds. She is connected to the Central Palace where fates are consigned and represents a profound penetration of the above into the below which can lead to the awakening of wisdom. She prepares the food and drink for the great meal shared by humans and spirits and nourishes the people on ancient virtue. A spirit-worker and healer, she offers the virtue or de that actualizes an individual being. She finds the hidden sickness through hidden influences, the silent power of wind and wood. She controls the omens that regulate power and virtue, plans from hiding and knows the right moment to act. She matches and couples the beings, leading each thing to its destiny. She is imaged as a bright strutting cock, strong scented, that stimulates everything that moves or moves in the body, purifies the blood, links eyes and sexual organs, controls desire and anger. She gives vision, motivation and the capacity to act decisively at the key moment.

Fall (57): Harvest the crop through dealing carefully with each thing you encounter. Be happy with what is there. Expect real harmony to develop.
Winter (48): Find the seed of the new by emphasizing common human needs and strengths. Don’t strive for mastery. If you let yourself be led now, you can liberate the hidden potential.
Spring (5): Rouse new growth by following your true desire. Changes are coming. Don’t make plans, just listen.
Summer (9): Ripen the fruits by paying attention to the smallest details. Clear away the confusion and return to your flow.

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

The Situation: A time to uncover secrets, awaken lost ideas and give fresh insights into fundamental problems.

Caring for Others: Your efforts form an important background to the evolution of culture. Be patient in introducing new ideas; work from the sidelines. To be effective, be consistent. Slowly and unobtrusively find and reveal bad practices and unethical actions.

Setting Intentions: Pursue your present efforts without deviation. Move slowly and remind people of key objectives. Constantly reinforce the direction and build-up of action without haste. Avoid indecision. Carry the project through to completion. Overall growth is slow but sure.

Communication and Interaction: Very effective. Aim your communications with precision and you hit the target. Discriminate intuitively between effective feedback and false façade.

Change from the Inside Out: Reflection and action will yield illuminating insights. Commit to development of ideas and projects. Seek support. New endeavors will grow slowly but surely. Be clear and precise. Present a strong image. Take your time with agreements.

  • Immediate Future: slow penetration to the core of an old problem.
  • Personal Development: change old family patterns.
  • Working within the Family: work subtly on causes of negative emotions.
  • Expanding the Circle: introduce new ideas. Bring mistakes to light.
  • Partnership: create a gentle pervasive atmosphere in which love can grow. 

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 57:58 Subtle Penetration and Opening develops the insight to release hidden suffering and the capacity to express the spirit in the human community.

Outer to Inner: The process transforms the Matchmaker trigram in the outer world of 57 into the Mediator trigram in the inner world of 58. This turns your need to influence outer events into an embodied self-reflection.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation transforms the Matchmaker trigram in the inner world of 57 into the Mediator trigram in the outer world of 58. This turns inner self-cultivation into the ability to give the spirit a voice in the human community.

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.
Advancing and withdrawing, act like a warrior. Advantageous Trial.
Make decisions firmly. Change directions as often as you need. If you look at what you are involved with, you will see that it connects with something larger than your personal desires. Extend the inspiration to all. These goings and comings release the energy bound up in the past. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (9 Small Accumulates) 

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
Subtle Penetration beneath the bed.
Use diviners and intermediaries in great number.
The Way opens. This is not a mistake.
Penetrate to the core of this old dark story and free yourself from its grasp. Use advisors who can sense past and future potentials. Changes are coming. Strip away the outmoded. Have no fear. Step out to meet the new destiny. Gather energy for the decisive new move. (53 Gradual Advance) 

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Repeated Penetration, urgent and pressing. Distress.
You are pushing too hard. Do not be caught by your desperate need to express yourself or your desire for control. Simply separate yourself from all contention and you will soon have cause to rejoice. Take in the lessons of the past. Be open and provide what is needed. (59 Dispersing) 

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
The cause for sorrow disappears.
In the field the King catches three kinds of game.
You have arrived at a position to influence things.  Realize that your old situation is a barren womb. Part from these cruel people who are intent only on mastery. Though your indignation about the past is justified do not be afraid to go on alone. The rain will soon come to wash away your sorrows. You are coupled with a creative force. (44 Coupling) 

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
The Way is open. Lay out the offerings.
The cause for sorrow disappears. Nothing not advantageous.
Do not initiate something, complete it.
Before seedburst, three days; after seedburst, three days.
Your work will be rewarded.
Make an effort and everything will benefit. Do not initiate things, go through with what you started. Watch everything carefully before and after it has begun. Do not involve yourself in corruption. Honor only the highest ideals. Let yourself be led and you can realize hidden potential. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (18 Corruption/Renovating) 

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
Subtle Penetration beneath the bed.
He loses his goods and emblem ax. Trap! The Way closes.
This is not the time to penetrate the past. You will lose your position and all you care for. Do not be caught in your melancholy. There is a source of real life-water in your relation to common humanity. Expect real harmony to develop. These goings and comings will release the energy now bound up in the past. Step outside the norms. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (48 The Well)