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63.3.5>24 Birthday reading: "please give me an image of my 35th year."

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I turn 34 today. Decided to ask the Yi what it has in store for me this year.

I've been recovering from PTSD and really struggled these past 1.5ish years. I became a single mom and I realize my job and my housing situation need to change (in my carreer especially I've been unhappy for a really long time) and just trying to find some security for myself.

My reading suggests to me I'll make progress this year, but it won't be easy, and I should try to stay centered and flow with the universe (a hard lesson for me, to be sure).

Im taking 63.3 is about fighting hard for something while 63.5 is about simplicity, maybe getting the timing right? I see a bit of ambiguity between these two. 3 years is completion of a task, right? So could this be presaging attaining a goal within the time frame, or no? (I usually read all the moving lines, sometimes as a sequence of events/narrative arc of sorts.) 24--returning to something? Not my marriage, I think: I believe it was right to end it, and anyway he's with someone else now.

Overall the reading feels a bit nebulous to me--maybe my question was a little broad. Would love any additional insights.
 
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I just asked a follow up question: "how can I attain my goals within the context of the last reading" and got 14 uc.

I am always less sure how to read unchanging hexagrams so any thoughts on that one would be great.
 

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As no one replied yet I will have a go although I find the idea of a reading for an entire year a bit alien to me but I'll take it around the themes for this upcoming year.

I think your own interpretation is valid but I also see it as telling you this isn't a year for brand new starts and beginnings, you are still working with what's already there (63). The thing is from 63 we see you have crossed a river and crossing a river in Yi is a very big deal. In ancient times it would have been a very big deal to cross a great river. What kind of river might it have been for you? You have completed some kind of transition. With this reading I'm reminded of that quote (don't know who wrote it) which says to know where you are going look at where you've been and this reading reminds me of that. You have made a big transition, you are where you need to be but you are still dealing with many peripheral issues, you're still trying to grapple with demon country and it takes a long time


'The high ancestor subdues the Demon Country.
Three years go round, and he masters it.
Small people are of no use.'
(or 'Do not use small people' or 'Not [an omen] for small people to use.')


I find this line is a long term project or emotional situation. You can expect to go forward then back then forward. It's hard work and it means trying to stay in the most mature part of yourself. I wrote a long spheel in wiki on this line........


I think really the nature of demons ought to be considered here. Demons work through trickery, through confusing you, perhaps beguiling you so you don't know which way is up. You may think you are going forward yet only end up in a hopeless tangle of suffering again. The biggest danger here is not reckoning with the nature of demons and hence imagining these are problems, knots and painful troubles you can just deal with in the usual way you might deal with problems, knots and painful troubles. But you can't. You can't rely just on your smaller everyday self to get you through these times because well, these are demons, it's Demon Country you are dealing with and demons aren't out to make it easy for you they will rather delight in your continued failed attempts. I've repeatedly found the danger with this line is in thinking things are resolved, no further dangers and then am caught off guard and plunge straight back into the trouble I thought I'd escaped. So I think the work in this line is coming to realize what you're up against and how it ensnares you since most often I think this line shows up when I am quite unaware of the nature or scale of the problem. I would almost liken the nature of the demons here to that of an addiction where you think you have beaten it, that it has no hold on you, but that is the precise moment it pulls you back in. An addiction can't be tackled without one being aware of the true nature of addiction. To be free of it one cannot approach casually. The bigger self, bigger intent, more force of soul needs to be directing all the while being clear about the strength of the demonic hold so to speak. I have the idea this line is to do with the realization of issue and the paired line 64.4 is more to do with actually carrying though that realization into determined successful action. The other lines in the line path, 3.3 and 4.4 I think show areas of great susceptibility in the human psyche to demon country. Being lost in the forest , being enchained in ignorance, these are places where a human being is susceptible to demons but may not even recognize them as such. Demons, those things that ensnare you well don't declare themselves as demons. It is important to remember that here. Notice where you keep falling over and over again, that's demon country. You keep falling because you haven't recognised the demons for what they are perhaps. (Trojina)


.....so it's hard work. You said you are recovered from PTSD and this reading does seem illustrate that. You've made a transition but you are still recovering, there's still things that can trip you up. I think it's important to know this coming year there will still be some times of despair, bad days where you think everything is going backwards not forwards. It is going forwards but slowly with lots of work involved. Above I've likened it to addiction but it can be any emotional or material situation that ensnares you in a tricksy way.


Line 5 - less is more

'The Eastern people slaughter oxen.
This is not the way of the Western people's sincere Spring offering.
Genuinely accepting their blessing.'

The year looks to be about settling down, dealing with all the md that's been stirred up from crossing the river and perhaps keeping life quite small and steady. You've done something big you don't need to do another big thing, small things are okay.

24 goes well here, the theme of returning to your own path. If you had PTSD then something made you take a violent detour and 24 is about return to your own path in life. My overall sense of the reading is that it's not the year for trying to make huge moves forward more a year of consolidation.


Change patterns 39 and 38 you came into the reading with the sense of struggle to go forward, you move through the reading by appreciating there's quite another way to look at things...humour for example is a very 38ish thing. I'm not saying it's not possible to advance your goals but it looks to me more of a time of consolidation of what you have than trying to make a whole new life - you just made a new life - You still need stability to get you through 63.3. It's possible that steps forward will arise through adjustments of where you are now rather than radical changes as if for example you make a sidestep in your career rather than an entirely new direction.


Re 14uc I will link the thread on people's experiences with 14uc, there is a thread for each uc hexagram and people are still adding their experiences to the threads. Here I think you are already in possession of a great deal, take time to see what you've got and where you came from
 
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Thanks Trojina! In light of your reading, I think this must be more about my mental and emotional state than the more practical concerns I touched on. A bit disheartening in any event.
 

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Not really since Yi is the book of change not the book of things being fixed for one year....I mean I see no particular use in applying a reading to an entire year since in that year...or in a month...or in a week...many things change on many levels....but I answered here as no one else had and you posted on Saturday. I wouldn't generally answer yearly readings, I see no point in them

The above I have said many times so regulars will be sick of hearing it but I'm repeating here
a. because you won't have heard me say it
b. so you won't feel disheartened

Feeling disheartened is a good reason not to do yearly readings - like what does a person do if they get 47.3 or 29.6 for the year? Well if they have to they will try to make something good from it but there is really no such thing as things staying the same for one year and then changing on the stroke of the midnight on the next birthday.

You may disagree which is fine, many do, I'm just saying this as I don't think there is cause to be disheartened. I kind of wish I had never answered if that's all you came away with it would have been better not to have replied at all. In future I must remember never to reply to yearly readings questions, even if no one else answered. That was the only reason I replied, because no one else had. Probably answering any thread because no one else has is also a mistake, that is disheartening more often than not.
 
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I hope you don't take my words too hard. I only mean that I'm tired and want things to get better faster, and I take the reading as confirmation of what I already knew, which is its going to take time. Maybe it's better to say it's a lesson in patience for me. I tend to keep an open mind since there is so much room for interpretation.
 

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You might appreciate this more, Trojina: I just did another reading asking the Yi to help me find meaning in my pain and it gave me:

2.1.4.5 to 17.

Which makes me think of the metamorphosis from caterpillar (2.1) to butterfly (2.5), with 2.4 as a chrysalis phase where you don't actually have awareness of your progress until after it's complete. I was thinking of "Dos Orugitas" from Encanto or Kay and Gerda in The Snow Queen turning around and discovering they've grown up...I just thought it was a really nice image, and it resonated with me in the context, so I wanted to share.
 

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