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Asked the Yi what profession would be best suited for me, received 40.2.3 > 62

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When I asked I was torn between undertaking the journey to become a Criminal Lawyer or a Clinical Psychologist. I feel that the reading could apply to both, but I lack a bit of emotional objectivity and separation from the question, so I would be glad if you could give me a hand deciphering this reading.

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Ask Yi for a guide to making the choice not a description of a career.

How can Yi say 'be a lawyer' ? It gets farcical when people start trying to make lines fit professions.


Your answer here applies to you and how you make your choice. But it's not really clear what your question is.

Yi can't decide for you and if you try and make lines fit a description of a job you'll be well lost. So better to ask for a guide in choosing your path.
 
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Hello,

if you have no preference & are OK with both career paths, I think the lines describe a criminal lawyer:

40.2- catching "foxes". I don't consider the foxes to necessarily symbolize "dishonest" people- that are mentioned in some commentaries- , however such an interpretation fits well with your case.
On the other hand, 40.3 indicates arrival of bandits.
 

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I actually love the above interpretation; your reading does seem very suited to topics of justice. Although you can interpret every single line of the is text psychologically as well so it’s a tough one 😂 The foxes could be about catching complexes and unconscious influences and receiving the golden arrow, so to speak, for integrating them and the third line is about behavior and using appropriate behavior so these could all relate to psychology. I’d say the essence might be about being wily and creative, about hunting things down and working with what’s challenging to solve problems or set someone free from problems. Not every lawyer or psychologist does quite that so it might depend on your area of specialization.

I think there’s also a message underneath that telling not to procrastinate due to indecision, but also to not force ahead until the timing and judgement are truly right. You may need to use your gut some, not just your rational mind.
 
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Maybe you could try various levels of "zoom" on the reading? Think about what it might describe literally, but also how it could answer a question like what Trojina suggested, how you can decide. Maybe any other sorts of angles you can think of. Maybe even try looking at it without much of a question in mind at all, as if "career" was just floating in the air and Yi's saying something about it.

40 itself is about not being coerced in any particular direction. That's what you're working with - you can go in any direction you want, whatever seems promising, and if none of them do, you can come back and look for others. Untie knots.

As Redoleander said, there's a little caution in 40 that when you've decided on something, don't dilly-dally. "With a direction to go, Daybreak, good fortune." If you start second-guessing yourself (or third- or fourth-guessing...), that might be something to keep in mind.

62 can be about feeling small and cautious about trying to take something into real life, which also seems to fit. It's a big decision, you only get to make it once, so there's a lot riding on it. (Well - people can change careers, but it's probably nicer to pick the right one in the first place.)

Is there any possible way you already kind of know, deep down where maybe you don't even realize it? Am asking because 62 follows 61, Inner Truth - 62's often said to be about the anxiety involved in taking what you know inside across the line into the world.

Or is there any way in which your preference is being muddied by "considerations"? Picking a silly example on purpose to try not to influence you - for instance if you told people when you were 6 that you want to be an "xyx" when you grow up, and now you think you have to do it.


Line 2 seems hopeful - foxes can be seen as wily, hard to catch creatures, and here you are trying to "catch" a decision. The line seems to say this will be possible, the foxes are in the field where you can see them.

Line 3 gets talked about in a couple of different ways. I usually have trouble with it.
  • Why, oh why, are you carrying a burden when there's a lovely carriage available?? (Silly person.)
  • If you're in a position where you're obligated to carry burdens, maybe you don't belong in a carriage and shouldn't use one.
Do those have anything in common...... some sort of a mis-match, maybe? What you're doing, vs. some other alternative? A harder thing vs. an easier thing? :???:
 
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Some systems encourage relating to only 1 changing line, often recommending to take the yin over the yang, i.e. #3 in this case over #2. The commentary here is about making oneself a target and thereby courting humiliation.
The two professions, although equal in social stature as being professional, are both similar and different:
a criminal lawyer is dealing with intense conflict and trauma on the outside;
a clinical psychologist is dealing with intense conflict and trauma on the inside.

However, the criminal lawyer is more visible and thus more of a target.

The main Image is about 'pardoning mistakes and forgiving misdeeds.' That would suggest being on the side of Defense not Prosecution if you go the Lawyer route.

The lower trigram Water is the trigram of work, of following through until the end through any process or challenge and getting to the heart of a situation. That has more to do with the psychologist than the lawyer, albeit the legal process involves getting down through Discovery of evidence to the truth of what actually happened. (That's the ideal version, at least; the actual process often involves navigating rules of procedure and statutory complexities to the point that what actually happened may become quite secondary to the result of any criminal process.)

The two changing lines create lower trigram of Mountain which has to do with being calm, still, even a touch cold and dispassionate perhaps.

In any case, the criminal lawyer career is far more exposed, hot, dramatic sometimes even. The clinical psychologist is more sheltered, less dramatic, albeit internally may involve considerable emotional drama with extraordinary dynamics and landscapes. But not so much being a target.

Your call.
 

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The two professions, although equal in social stature as being professional, are both similar and different:
a criminal lawyer is dealing with intense conflict and trauma on the outside;
a clinical psychologist is dealing with intense conflict and trauma on the inside.
Nice observation!

The main Image is about 'pardoning mistakes and forgiving misdeeds.' That would suggest being on the side of Defense not Prosecution if you go the Lawyer route.
Interesting...

(That's the ideal version, at least; the actual process often involves navigating rules of procedure and statutory complexities to the point that what actually happened may become quite secondary to the result of any criminal process.)
:rofl: And cutting deals, I have a vague impression. Like, "plead guilty to this lesser charge and keep it out of court" or whatever, where the person's actual guilt or innocence doesn't matter as much.
 

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