April 2018: Hubble, bubble, toil and (no) trouble

I asked the I Ching: Please advise us what we should most focus upon for April 2018? I love this question because it brings in the word FOCUS, a much needed life management tool that we seem to battle with on so many levels.

Remember that with these monthly overviews, as we are all facing our own issues, opportunities and growing pains, the focus question gives a bird’s eye view of what we all have in common. At the same time, it is uncanny how these big picture focus readings are extremely useful in some way to us in the day to day. They certainly are for me. If you want to make the most of the change energy in April 2018, then you need to align yourself with the state of change that is most dominant. That means we have to develop ourselves and become the ‘superior person’ that the I Ching calls us to realise.

So what does April have in store?

For those of you with your own copy of an I Ching book – Richard Wilhelm, Stephen Karcher or other – you can look it up as follows: Present hexagram 50 The Cauldron, with one changing line in the sixth position, resulting in the outcome hexagram of 32 Duration.

If you are thinking, what strange language is she talking (???), keep reading. I know that the I Ching can be unbelievably confusing. That is why most people who buy an I Ching book to learn never open it again. It can be overwhelming. I will endeavour to bring you practical approaches and insights that can help make sense of the jargon and weird symbolism. Just keep reading articles on this blog and it will make more sense as you go.

Okay, so back to April 2018…

The first hexagram, which represents the present or main state of change for the month, is a wonderful hexagram called 50 The Cauldron. Imagine for a moment a cast iron pot, Dutch oven or potjiekospot dangling over an open flame. Into it you have placed onions, vegetables, a protein, stock and fresh herbs. You close the lid and tend the fire. You are careful not to open the lid as this lets out precious steam. You have to just trust the process. After a long period of time tending your coals, not too hot and not too cold, you open up the pot to see what has emerged. It is the moment of truth. You crack open the lid and ahhhhhhh …. delicious smells waft out.   Yum! Your stomach grumbles with anticipation. You are excited because you know your tribe is going to love it too. Their bellies will feel full and cared for from the inside out.

This is the essence of this hexagram – one of two man-made objects in the set of 64 hexagrams – transforming raw ingredients into nourishment that feeds others. It is magical; it is alchemical. There is an internal growth process and transformation that brings goodness for others.

There is one changing line for this reading – the 9th in line 6, or the yang line sitting at the upper most position of the hexagram’s structure. A changing line, derived by getting a 6 or 9 when casting a line using the coins, is a change point that is so intense that it wants to turn into its opposite. Changing lines provide very specific advice that we must pay attention to.

This line for The Cauldron is very beneficial. It says: that the cauldron has jade rings or handles. Jade was considered precious and spiritually significant in ancient China and is still highly prized to this day. What is indicated is that the pathway to great things is open and your work, or some part of it, is blessed and very powerful. There is nothing left but to go for it – it will open up your world and benefit others deeply.

The outcome hexagram is 32 Duration, which is where this flow of change is moving to, considering the changing line in play. Duration or Endurance is all about going the distance, the long-term relationship that persists, stamina, and the enduring principles that keep us rooted in our life path.

April 2018 wants to show us that our efforts at transformation, an internal reflection and development process, and our life work, is nurturing something truly precious and wonderful that will lifts up the people around us. What results is an enduring principle – the long haul – that carries us into our futures.

Wow! So just go for it – the floodgates are open and waiting for you.

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