“This is what Democracy looks like.”
#21 Shih Ho Justice
the search for truth
insisting on fairness
develop balance in all things
conscious awareness in circles
cutting out illusions
exposing the center of truth
truth and integrity
actions lead to consequences
wisdom decides action
everything is connected
destruction and cleansing
rise up and cast out negatives
keep making connections
use power for the good of all
the quest for truth
stop speaking and listen
light revealing unobstructed
eyes open light shining
seeing through illusion and lies
I’ve been considering this hexagram since August. The classical name for it is “Biting Through”, and the classical interpretations are all about punishment. But the words “justice” and “truth” kept popping up as I searched through different translations and commentaries, and I think those words are closer to the spirit of the lines.
“The Quotable I Ching” actually called it Justice in one of its posts, suggesting that a look at the tarot card Justice would also provide insight. And it did.
The cinquain cycle is a compilation of ideas from the various commentaries on Shih Ho that I read though and thought about as I looked at the hexagram. As seems to be always the case, its wisdom is needed in the time and place the world is inhabiting right now.
You can see all the Beach I Chings I’ve done so far here.
My brother wanted to go to the 9/11 Museum.
We paid our money and waited in a long line of tourists for our timed entry to the steel and concrete underground crypt, complete with a gift shop (which we steered well clear of) and endless tape loops replaying the day’s events.
The new glass and steel monuments to commerce surrounding the plaza, with its beautiful pools, enclosed the space above the museum.
I found this ad from the NY Times of May 29, 2015, when I was cleaning a few weeks ago. I must have saved it, intending to do a headline haiku, but it got lost in the shuffle. Having visited the site, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
There is nothing “free” about the Freedom Tower, or the museum. Is this the best way to remember this day and those who died?
in the dazzling morning sky
surround this opening
remember to breathe
Let there be light, and air, and songs, and sky, and running water, and the living earth and new growing things. That’s what I think.
A classmate of mine put together a video of my class (Eastside High School, Paterson, NJ) which I got a real kick out of. Oh, some of those hairdos! As one classmate put it “the world is like a teen age hairdo–a blown up mess”. The world was a lot simpler then. No technology and the only girls’ sport was bowling. Still, we learned a lot and all got along well. Here’s my yearbook photo.
“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
–Lady Bird Johnson
“If you could
have three wishes, what?”
I’ve been repeating that word
since I was a child.
What is peace?
Easy to say what
it is not–
not guns, not
bombs, not hate or violence.
Not this destruction.
There are seeds
but they need sunlight–
growth, to send roots; open space
to reach for the sky.
This is not
we let it–
the Earth can teach us if we
can’t find our way home.
Despite the way we mistreat it, the Earth still shares with us its bounty. As it does each summer, the Rose of Sharon tree is blooming, surrounded by concrete and the sorrows of our world.
Join in with your poem here.
#38 K’uei Opposition
There is really no “us and them”–it’s all “us”.
–The Quotable I Ching
“The reverse side also has a reverse side.”
dance of opposites
each becomes the other
the small looms large balancing
blinding light with silent singing
reconciliation in wonder
It’s been quite awhile since my last Beach I Ching–last December in fact. I took more photos at the beach this year, but I haven’t even gotten to the ones I took in 2015. Still working on the arrangements from two years ago.
But they always seem to hit the spot. Plenty of opposition to go around in the world right now. K’uei is a good meditation for these times.
The poem uses the Secret Keeper’s prompt words from this week
| MOVE | SMALL | WONDER | DANCE | PART |
You can see all of the Beach I Ching posts here.
…or at least that’s the way it looked when we entered this room at the Met.
I don’t know, even when I know what she’s actually got in her hand,
it still looks like she’s checking out the screen to me.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, June 2016