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A trip -> 58.5.6 -> 38

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I'm going on a trip this fall for business, but I will also take a short detour to visit an old, sometimes troublesome friend who lives very nearby. She's been agitating for me to visit for years so at last, it's happening. I feel slightly trepidatious (she can be very very moody) but not terribly so.

I asked Yi, "What will come of visiting [her city]?" and received 58.5.6 into 38... Oh boy.

Thoughts on this one? It's too late to cancel, lol. Does anyone have positive experiences with 5 & 6 lines from 58? I haven't received them at any point I can clearly remember or have notes relating to, though I often get 58 unchanging around friendships or talkative social situations.

I'm having a bit of a "What am I getting myself into" moment after this reading but hoping it all turns out fine or mild in the end.

I will update.
 

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Just to give my own interpretation of the lines-- I'm hoping 58.5 is just a warning about avoiding getting sucked into any random drama, and that 58.6 is perhaps an admonishment for succumbing to pressure and making the visit. (Though I do enjoy her in many ways! She's just also been unreliable and dramatic at times.) I'm hoping it's nothing worse than that.

Thoughts?
 

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Too late to cancel?

You must already be at her house.

Is she a mean drunk?
 

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Middle hex is 54.6, Wilhelm:
The woman holds the basket, but there are no fruits in it.
The man stabs the sheep, but no blood flows.
Nothing that acts to further.


Resulting hex is 38, Wilhelm:
The two elements, fire and water, never mingle but even when in contact retain their own natures. So the sutured man is never led into baseness or vulgarity through intercourse or community of interests with persons of another sort; regardless of all commingling, he will always preserve his individuality.

Nothing serious will happen, just a nice gesture from your side, to visit a friend.
Then you will part your ways. (fire and water retain their natures).
 

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Too late to cancel because I'm flying out of her city; I have to pass through it, and she knows. And I actually would like to see her. I wasn't feeling uneasy about the visit until this casting. Maybe I should stay elsewhere though. I think not being her houseguest might help mitigate tensions.

She's not a mean drunk, ha. It's more that, while I know she likes me, there's also something about me that brings out a very competitive side of her, and I'm always at a loss for how to prevent triggering it. She's in a very competitive school program right now with much departmental intrigue and drama, so I think that's heightened her natural tendencies to take offense easily and nitpick... Anyway, hopefully we will get through it with a minimum of hurt feelings!

I asked Yi what would come of staying with her and received 22.1->52, which seems to be a picture of humility--her apartment is a humble student-type place, but also very cute, so 22.1 is a good picture of it.

I asked what would come of staying in a hotel, and received 34.1.3.6->64, which seems to indicate that staying in a hotel is not the solution. Every line says something about pushing forward in an unsuitable way, leading to greater difficulties. I know she'd be offended if I stayed in a hotel, too.

It's particularly interesting to me to contrast 22.1 and 34.1. They both discuss the feet/toes! 22.1 seems the better route though.

Thanks Moss Elk and Ashteroid!
 
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Hello
I got this hexagram with the same changing lines when I was due to meet my mother (not someone whom visiting is a pleasure unfortunately). I was working nearby and she lived 5 minutes away so I thought I would pop in. She said she was busy but said she had about 30 minutes at lunchtime

I would not say it was a raging success - the same old patterns emerged but it was OK. I felt that it would have been sad to be so close (I live about 5 hour drive away now) and not say hello.

It was nice to chat with her and I gave her a hug and then left. Things have not altered between us but I think that visiting your friend is a good thing - as long as you just accept the situation.

Hope things go nicely
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Update:

I'm back from the trip, and it all went fine! Maybe the 58.5.6 reading warned me off something more troublesome-- I was on best behavior and alert to signs of discord throughout the visit, which possibly prevented such things from arising. My friend is in a happier, more mature place in her life, and she was a warm, welcoming host. There was one underhanded comment from her, but I quickly brushed it off and that was that. She didn't get a rise out of me, and that brief nitpickiness didn't return. It was really a lovely visit!

That said, the earlier business trip portion of the journey (which had nothing to do with my friend) was pointless and disappointing. Nothing terrible happened, and it was remarkably easy as trips go (no delays, the hotel was excellent, found OK food, etc.), but I realized very quickly nothing would be furthered by the trip and there was no real point for me to be there. Oh well. I had an inkling of this as I earlier received 32.4 (no game in the field) as part of a longer string of readings/conversation with Yi on that part of the trip (which I didn't post about here).

I did catch a cold from my friend. But it wasn't a terrible cold, as colds go.

One more thought...I didn't like her city as much as I recalled from an earlier visit. That time I'd been there in the dead of winter, frigid, and it was quiet and tourist-free. This time there were partiers everywhere, and a lot of traffic, and it was less charming. Perhaps there was something of that in 58.5.6-> 38? Not sure.

Also, butterfly spider-- thank you again for sharing your experience! I re-read it right before the visit and it put my mind at ease.
 
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Also, Moss Elk-- very funny, but the underhanded comment I mentioned she made was in reference to me expressing that I wanted to avoid getting drunk, which I think she found weak (she drinks more than me). So you were on to something there! Haha. But it passed very quickly and didn't come up again, and she was otherwise lovely.
 
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Thank you for the update
I think the hex and this casting mean that things will be OK - ad long as you do not expect too much or want to gain advantage.
It sort of tells me that I should know what to expect before the visit but that somewhere there is a reason behind the action. A sort of healing visit of sorts
Glad all went well
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Thanks, Butterfly Spider. "Healing" is actually a good word for the overall visit. She and I discussed a close mutual friend who nearly died during a serious illness a few years ago, and how neither of us are as close to her anymore (she changed greatly following her sickness, which is ongoing) but still love her. We both feel very compassionate towards her, and it was a good common ground. Yes, healing. I feel more compassionate towards both of these friends after the visit.
 

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