A meditation on today’s transits…
* The 59th hexagram of the I Ching is sometimes called “Dispersion,” and it depicts wind blowing over the surface of the water, dispersing and evaporating it.
* Hexagram 59 can point to a time where people are losing their focus and potentially losing coordination or motivation…their vital force is being scattered in all directions.
* The 59th hexagram also tells the story of a King who recognizes the moment at which his people’s energies are being scattered and immediately crosses the great water (takes a difficult journey) to his ancestral temple in order to ask the deity for help. Naturally, the people follow him, and the pilgrimage to the temple becomes a gathering ritual that brings everyone together again.
* Imagine there is a situation where you are worried that someone’s focus isn’t what it should be. We all do this all the time. We do this because we care and we notice when someone is starting to drift off track. Hexagram 59 tells us that the best way to gather that person back is to recognize that our own focus has wandered in paying so much attention to them. It’s at just this moment that we are instructed to get back in our own boats and begin rowing fiercely again to the far shore. Hexagram 59 tells us that the lack of focus we perceive in others is potentially going to overwhelm us as well, and so we had better recognize what’s happening and return to our center.
The 59th hexagram also suggests that if our focus has been dragged into the seriousness of someone else’s situation that it’s not simply a matter of “letting it go,” but that we must ford a great river, and make an offering or sacrifice. We have to pinch ourselves, goad ourselves on, and dig our paddles in a little deeper. We can’t just get lost in someone else’s “shit,” because it doesn’t help them and it doesn’t help us!
* Hexagram 59 says that its this exact level of focus, this rousing spirit and re-dedication of our spiritual purpose that will call the dispersing energies to follow us back home…to the temple of our ancestors, to the place of the force that gives all power to all Kings and Queens. Returning to our center is always an act of leadership that is simultaneously lacking all desire to be followed.
* The second line of the 59th hexagram says, “At the dissolution he rushes up the stairs toward that which supports him.”
* The 2nd line is about the need to see dispersion coming before it take over. Who is it in us that gets distracted noticing the faults, the pain, and the lack of focus in others? As soon as we ask this question to ourselves sincerely we will hear the voice of the higher power calling us and we’ll rush back up the stairs to its holy seat.
* In other words, we don’t have to row, muscle up, and cross to the far shore every time we lose our focus…if we can learn to recognize the one losing the focus right away everything gets easier.
* When the 2nd line of the 59th hexagram changes it turns into hexagram 20, called “Contemplation.” Now the wind is moving over earth, rather than water.
* In hexagram 20 the people look up to the high priest or priestess, to the diviner, to the higher self, to the angelic voices, to God, and they offer concentration of a higher order. The priestess stands atop a high tower looking upward, and all beneath her look upward in turn. In this waiting and watching the heart will receive its next instructions.
* Hexagram 59 to 20 shows our return to the contemplation of the divine as something that not only disperses troubles and judgments but also focuses and coordinates all of our actions.
* Today the Moon reflects the separation of Mercury and Saturn and the coming together of Saturn and Uranus. In the seeds of revolution we may find room to quickly judge the past. The thrill of revolution can so easily become the new voice of self-righteousness. We judge what we struggled with only days ago, and after joy, elation, and newness comes the temptation to start losing our focus in the faults of others or the worries of the new world we find ourselves in. We can either begin a pattern of having to fall on our knees at the altar every other Sunday, or we can establish the much healthier pattern of recognizing the one who keeps looking back: “Hey there. I see you looking back again. Come on. Let’s keep going!”
Prayer: Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.