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gretemarie

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Who or what are the three uninvited guests?
I asked "What sign may I have to know that ....xyz?"
I received 5.1,6.
Line 1: Waiting in the meadow. It furthers one to abide in what endures. no error.
I take that to mean to just "hang out" where I am within and go about my life as normal. The meadow is a "nice" place to be, no conflict here; just do what's in front of me(abide in what endures)...no problem.
Line 6: One falls into the pit. Three uninvited guests arrive. Honor them, and in the end there will be good fortune.
Am I to take this to mean that the sign that I asked for is the "three uninvited guests" but that they won't arrive until after I fall into the pit. What does "the pit" symbolize? To me the pit sounds like a place I would want to stay away from. My interpretation of Line 1 means that I'm in a cool meadow right now...so why would I want to leave the meadow and fall into "the pit" to have my sign? And another thing, falling is not jumping. So, if the "three uninvited guests" is the sign I requested it would seem that the only way I will have this sign is to leave the meadow and (unintentionally) fall in a pit? I mean that is just funny...the scenario cracks me up. So, either my interpretation is way off or this is just another case of "God has a real sense of humor" and the Yijing is reminding me to not take myself too seriously. Does anyone have any insight and/or experience with this hexagram and line 6?
 
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In my experience 5.6 means the waiting time is over (the 1st line tells us what happens before the full experience of the hexagram unfolds, the 6th line tells what happens after). The thing we have been waiting for now arrives - however, it may not be what we were expecting so the advice is to honor this unexpected new turn of events as it could be a blessing even though it's not what we thought we were waiting for.

I'm not sure about the word "pit". Maybe it should just be "situation." Like, a person has gotten stuck in their own interpretation on what is needed in a situation and when a new possibility is suggested they may not recognize the potential but if they honor the new perspective it will bring good fortune. Like if someone borrows your car and you're waiting for them to return it and out of the blue someone offers you a ride or maybe something comes on t.v. it would be more fun to stay home and watch. You were waiting for your car and feeling frustrated - the pit - when 5.6 says be aware of new possibilities.

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Thank you, rosada. "Coincidentally" a new perspective or answer actually has been unexpectedly brought to my attention over these past two days. And last night, while speaking with two friends about what has been brought to my attention, they suggested I meet a friend of theirs who they think could offer me some valuable guidance. Definitely not a sign I would have expected at all! It doesn't seem to be connected. But I'll just go with it right now because I can't see the whole picture at this time. I thank you for the car and t.v. story...it really resonated with me. More will be revealed, as a friend of mine used to say to me.

Another thought, if line 6 means the waiting time is over do I automatically move into Hexagram 6...is that how it works for each situation I bring to the Yijing?
 

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No, you don't automatically move from hex 5 to hex 6 when you get line 5.6. It does not work that way.
 

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I think the pit might be something like in hexagram 29. 5 is about waiting for something and your state of mind while you wait. I think maybe falling into a pit means that while you're waiting you give up hope temporarily. Then there's a progression of events or understanding that may surprise you, but if you listen to what the universe is trying to tell you, then things will turn out for the best.
 

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Pit is to some extent the same pun or word play that we have in English.
The poor folk had pit houses, floors lower than the surrounding land.
See if this helps:

05.6, Top 6
Entering into a pit
With no invitations extended to visitors, three people arrive
To attend to them will end in good fortune

05.6x With no invitations extended, visitors arrive
To attend to them will end in good fortune:
Although not a proper situation
Still less than a major mishap

Waiting properly also waits for the things not expected, and is seldom disappointed.
You had all that time on your hands to get ready, even when you knew not what for,
but all that you did was long out the window for something that had not yet arrived.
Now come what may has. You might think you could have kept house in less pitiful
shape, but waiting does not work well in the past, and there is no could have been.
What’s not done’s not done. The question now is how quickly to learn, since now
is a meanwhile too, even during the knocks at the door. There is still time to salvage
some dignity and get a good attitude ready. This is where the guests will most want
their welcome. Of course every host in the sociable world will apologize for their pit.
At least you will not have to lie now. Clear a quick trail and receive them as honored.
 

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Who or what are the three uninvited guests?
I've keenly waited and watched for their appearances after receiving this line, about general well being type things. Sometimes there were actual unexpected calls or visits, but most of the time they were subtle but sudden mood shifting inclinations, arriving as a friend. The number three has many times been literal.

For example, if you have the blahs and receive this line, at some point later in the same you may suddenly get an impulse to work at your art, or enthusiastically write a letter to someone. For me it's sometimes the sudden urge to play or explore on the guitar. That would be one friend. Another might be discovering an appetite for something life-giving. Lately, guests arrive through inspiration to put together a very healthy meal, so I'm the guest who comes to dine, as well as the guest who comes to cook. What matters is that they are true friends, with your best welfare in heart.

If I believed in faeries and angels, not saying I disbelieve in them, that's what a guest very often feels like to me. An influence that drops in from out of the blue.
 

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If I believed in faeries and angels, not saying I disbelieve in them, that's what a guest very often feels like to me. An influence that drops in form out of the blue.
A friend of mine told me years ago that she defines grace as a free loving gift from God. Not deserved, not earned, not conditional, not expected, but freely given. The three uninvited guests could be Grace. When you said
What matters is that they are true friends, with your best welfare in heart.
that got my thoughts going in this direction. Thank you.
 

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