I Ching: four political readings 8/12/17

The I Ching, or Book of Changes is an ancient Chinese book of wisdom and divination with a history of more than two and a half millennia of commentary and interpretation. More info.
The I Ching comprises 64 images called hexagrams.

Each hexagram is made up of six lines, each of which can be either solid ————
or open—      —.

For example:
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Each hexagram has a meaning and each line within each hexagram has a more specific meaning to the overall meaning of the hexagram.

The lines are counted from the bottom up, like the floors of a building.

The bottom (first) line is the beginning of the situation; the top (sixth) line is the last.

The hexagrams are numbered according to their sequence in the I Ching.

Like 64 chapters in a book with each chapter having six paragraphs.

A hexagram and line are chosen by throwing 6 coins at random and noting the arrangement of heads and tails.

Makes no sense but that’s synchronicity for you.

Amy and I mostly consult and teach the I Ching on individual matters.
However the I Ching has a long history of being consulted by kings and princes in the governing of their states.
From time to time Amy and I tune into the news and are inspired to have the I Ching comment on some public event or other.
Here are the results of four recent questions posed to the I Ching.

Sunday 7/23/17
Question: Motion to proceed on Tuesday’s Healthcare debate.
Response: Hexagram 12 line 6.
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Interpretation: Hexagram 12 denotes a situation of stagnation or obstruction.In line 6 the obstruction is finally overcome.Result: 7/25/17 Motion to proceed passes.
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Friday 7/27/17Question: “Skinny” repeal of healthcare in Senate tomorrow.
Response: Hexagram 3 line 6.
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Interpretation: Hexagram 3 is about difficulty in getting things started. Line 6: “On a horse at a standstill, tears of blood flow”. A commentary by Cheng Yi (11th century) says of this line: “Weak people at the culmination of difficulty, in extreme danger, without any helpers, unable to relax, yet unable to get anywhere.”
Result: 7/28/17 Senate bill defeated.
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Saturday 7/28/17
Question: After a series of gaffes (as usual) – Trump now?
Response: Hexagram 29 line 2.          
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Interpretation: Hexagram 29 says you are in danger. Line two says you are surrounded by pitfalls but are safe for now – if you keep your nose clean. We’ll see.
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8/8/17Question: Trump threatens North Korea, after they have developed deliverable nuclear warheads, with “fire and fury”. The U.N. imposes sanctions. What is the situation?

Response: Hexagram 44 line 2.
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Interpretation: An intrusive and unwelcome element has entered the scene.The story illustrating this hexagram is of an aggressive woman (North Korea) pushing her way into a men only club. Do not marry her is the advice.“An emaciated pig leaps around.” Is another phrase used in the commentary.
Line 2 says: “Keep the fish in the bag, it is not for guests.” There are many hexagrams that recommend force – this is not one of them. Diplomacy and containment are indicated here rather than “fire and fury”. China borders North Korea; they are North Korea’s biggest trader and so have the most influence. Vladivstok is only 200 miles away from North Korea and shares an 11 mile border with North Korea. Russia is also involved.I think the three great powers should get together to handle this situation peacefully.North Korea wants to belong to the nuclear club and be granted the status and security of being a club member.“Gotta have a gun to get respect in the ‘hood.”
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On a personal note: though I abhor Trump’s pronouncements I do appreciate the appeal of his brash outspokenness in contrast to the carefully worded political doublespeak we usually hear.

That’s it folks. If you have a question of general interest you would like the I Ching to comment on, then drop us a line and we’ll throw the coins for you.
All the best – Roderic and Amy.