The Oracle today was short and sweet.
wander into this sea-leaving
let the soul walk a spiral path
be the seed of moonlight
tendriled between secret vines
#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.
#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.
riding crested waves
drifting on currents landing
where sand meets sea
Mostly oyster shells on the beach this year.
That’s OK; I love to draw them with their subtle colors and convolutions.
And I did!
the shells of my mind: beach shells
we react violently, peacefully.
over that water I may see
what one has never seen
(or imagined to see)
love: not lying
please, stop crying.
–poem by Nina, illustrated by Kerfe
I found a bunch of my old poetry when I was cleaning. A lot of it is in little sketchbooks with collages. Thirty-five years ago I was both wordy and cryptic in my verse. Probably even then I didn’t know what it meant, but there are images and phrases that still seem good to me. So I thought to remake a few and send them off to Nina to illustrate.
Turns out Nina also has old poetry, so she sent a couple off to me for an exchange. I don’t think she did any revisions on hers, but they were already short and clear and I had ideas for illustrations right away. Any opportunity to draw shells…and I’ve just been reading about labyrinths.
And when Margo at Wordgathering posted her picture prompt this week, I was amazed to see how it echoed what I was doing for Nina’s poem. Eerie.
Nina will post her illustration with my revised poem this morning…above is my original collage to accompany the original words. Also cryptic.
I think I’ve got it straight now: whelks live in temperate waters and are carnivores and scavengers. A conch is a herbivore that lives in the tropics. So my shells from North Carolina are whelks. (http://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/blog/2015/03/02/whats-in-a-name-conch-vs-whelk/)
I collected quite a few this year. Usually they are a rare find.
Being July 1, when thoughts turn to the beach (if they haven’t already), I thought I’d reprise my beach trip in May a bit.
When I sat on the beach and tried to draw the ocean, I had a lot of trouble. So I took some of my photos and printed them out and worked from those to draw and paint the waves. The colored pencil drawing looks good, but it was so tedious to do I didn’t really finish.
The watercolor was more fun, but doesn’t look like the ocean at all.
And just for good measure, more shells.
songs are like tattoos
You know I’ve been to sea before
Crown and anchor me
Or let me sail away
Hey Blue, here is a song for you
I know, I already used Joni Mitchell for green. But “Blue”…wow, what a song.
I listened to it many times before the images really registered…
songs are like tattoos…
Ink on a pin
Underneath the skin
An empty space to fill in
Well there’re so many sinking now
You’ve got to keep thinking
You can make it thru these waves
Acid, booze, and ass
Needles, guns, and grass
Lots of laughs lots of laughs
Everybody’s saying that hell’s the hippest way to go
Well I don’t think so
But I’m gonna take a look around it though
Blue I love you
here is a shell for you
Inside you’ll hear a sigh
A foggy lullaby
There is your song from me
You can see all the 100-day project posts here: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/100-day-project/
Wilhelm calls this hexagram “the fundamental idea of I Ching.”
“If he sees good, he imitates it;
If he has faults, he rids himself of them.”
“Do not be selfish with your good fortune. Spread your wealth. When you are generous to others you are being generous to yourself as well.” (ichingmeditations.com)
“A kind heart does not make demands or ask for recognition.” (divination.com)
This is a joyful hexagram of inspiration and abundance. But, as dreamhawk.com cautions: “Hexagram 42 shows the need to be generous with the abundance we have been able to collect.”
“To rule truly is to serve.”
“Increase of what is below at the cost of what is above is out-and-out increase, because it benefits the whole people.”
…Congress? Anyone in charge out there listening…?
I still have beach i chings from 2014 left to complete, but I did do a new set of photos this year at the beach. They are very different in both shells used and feel. At first look, I’m not as happy with them, but we’ll see what happens when it comes time to really examine and explore them.
In the meantime, I’m off for a long weekend of family visiting. Back next week.
I don’t bring many oyster shells home from the beach with me, but I love to draw them.
One is enough to keep me interested, but I also like the interactions of groups.
I always start out fairly tight and realistic, but just doing the same thing over and over in a short amount of time usually loosens things up.