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Hexagram 64.1, 3 to 14 for time of difficult/anxiety-causing transitions

folledeschiele

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Hello to all! I just pulled a reading about how to navigate a tough period of transitions and got 64, lines changing at 1 and 3, to 14. Looks pretty positive/encouraging, but I'd love some insight.

I recently finished my PhD and am now looking for academic jobs (an absolute nightmare since there are so few jobs). Luckily I have lots of reliable freelance income as a writer/translator and can keep myself afloat as I try to build my career from scratch. Meanwhile, I proposed to my long-term partner a couple of months ago and she's still sitting on it, saying she wants to be ready to propose to me in turn but that she has "every intention of following through" (full disclosure: we're two women).

This has been one of the most frustratingly amorphous, confusing, and anxiety-inducing past couple of months of my life. All I want is for things to coalesce, for a sense of a new life to take shape, to feel moored again. It's a real test of character, faith, patience. As an INFJ who likes to have things locked down/tightly planned, this whole period is driving me crazy. I feel generally good about things with my partner since we talk constantly about having kids, buying a house someday, and have an amazing relationship. Still, I want her to make up her mind, make a move, and pull me out of this aggravating sense of being in some liminal state of pre-engagement. I'm fed up with the feeling of not having things clearly defined (although we both are very much committed to eachother, so in her mind marriage is just a formal expression of what's already true. Fair enough).

The career thing gets me down far more. I did very well on my PhD, was warmly congratulated by my examiners. Yet I've applied for some 40 jobs and haven't even landed an interview. I feel frustrated and I feel like a failure. I'm starting to understand why people say that academia is an absurd and exploitative field. It's all starting to feel like diminishing returns, like pouring all my resources into a slot machine at Vegas.

Anyway, how to relate this reading (64 to 14) to my current sense of bewilderment and frustration with the lack of solidity in my life? I want to keep the faith and remain positive, and I'm trying. But it's hard when all my efforts to shape my life and give it new form seem to result in....nothing aside from incompletion-- the perfect image for 64. I feel like that trembly little fox considering how to cross the river, get up that mountain to see what the other side looks like. And I just want something solid, something to take shape to reassure me that I'm not stagnating. Thanks for listening! :bows:
 

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64 says to me the transition is still ongoing and the lines reflect your discomfort with it. I see line 1 says you are anxious to move past this time but that will just get you into trouble then line 3 indicates that in an attempt to get moving to solid ground is to apply your will but a peaceful approach will help you make it to where you want to be. 14 says you are richly blessed so this may just be a time to appreciate they way things are now.
 

Tim K

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I concur with leepdx, take some time off, allow the universe to make the necessary connections for your job to manifest.

Richmond, h64:
The emerging energy is low (K'an) and so is the energy in our identity (also K'an) which pictures our situation at the end of something we have been involved in, the energy has run out but it is not all completed yet and we are hesitant to invest more energy in it.

Both lines tell you to keep going in the chosen direction (academic), and judging by your nickname you are from Europe (Deutsche), so summer is not a very active period for education and science. Maybe closer to September you will get an opportunity to apply yourself.

h14 says you have much to offer.

Good luck!
 

folledeschiele

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Thanks so much for your responses-- much appreciated. I do like to see 14, and some part of me knows that I need to just enjoy where I am now. In many ways I've rarely been happier, and I have to learn to see life as an ongoing process, rather than focusing so much on locking things down or firming them up (something that rarely happens, and if so very rarely by force/trying too hard). I'll try to just be extra patient and keep the faith. That kind of approach doesn't come instinctively to me, but I see it's the approach I should take. By the way, I have been consistently pulling 64 over the past couple of months. It's one that keeps coming up, which I suppose means I really need to meditate on its full meaning.

Thanks again. :bows:
 

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