A theme that comes to mind for this simple transit is the idea of what the I Ching calls a “noble calling.” The Moon in Leo applying to trine Saturn in Sagittarius may show the picture of someone methodically working toward a positive resolution, someone sticking with something for the virtue of doing a good job rather than focusing on the results it will bring, or even someone set on helping others or gradually building an inner confidence in the rightness of one’s approach. The 19th hexagram of the I Ching says that a noble calling builds success through firm correctness, but the hexagram also warns that forward progress, no matter how correct or upright, cannot last forever. Eventually progress of any kind, even whole hearted progress, eventually retreats or diminishes. This is both a warning to not let our noble calling turn into prideful expectation as well as a warning that setbacks or delays are normal. As one translator writes, “two steps forward are followed by one step back.”
While studying the 19th hexagram this morning I was led to the final line of the hexagram, which is arguably the most auspicious of the six. This line points to supreme success in advancing a cause due to generosity and honesty.
The Leo Moon moving into a trine with Saturn in Sagittarius definitely brings to mind the heart as well as the benefits of living by the laws and duties of the heart, which are life giving and different from mere oughts and shoulds.
Another implicit lesson within the 19th hexagram is the idea that what is noble and mature, whatever cause is truly worthy, does not go seeking after people who are below itself in order to advance it or validate it. For example, the classic phrase from the movie “Field of Dreams,” wasn’t, “If you can convince a bunch of people to come, then you should build it.” The mantra was, “If you build it, they will come.”
So what are we working toward in our life right now and to what lengths are we going to gain support in the wrong ways or from the wrong people? On the other hand, if we’re building something then are we coming at it from the heart? Is it a noble calling? Are we accepting of the fact that even the noblest of callings will face setbacks and will experience times of diminishing returns? Are we doing what we’re doing from a spirit of generosity and honesty?
Prayer: Help us to summon the strength to keep at the things we’re doing in the right spirit. A spirit of generosity and honesty, of non-expectant advance