Hexagram23 – May 6

hex 23

By James Byrd, MBA

I. The oracle


A. Hexagram twenty-three is related to or has reference to Peeling Off, hence, the splitting apart of something.

Another variation would be the idea of a peeling of something such as an onion to get to the core of the origin. The time is not correct for drastic movements in any direction; at best stay still and wait on the will of heaven. Again, there is no advantage in whatever direction one might take at this time, if you do, take it slow.
1. Now is not a good time to cross the great water. I say that because as the image depicts, that of the mountain which sits upon the earth, an obstacle. There is no movement with this instance. There is some headway if one recognizes that like the mountain, keeping still fares well at this time and yield to the times of meditation and planning for upcoming strategic activities. I can say this for May 6, 2016, the big snow storm, now is not a good time to go any where unless its for some of your basic necessities, did you notice, it was somewhat cold today. The implication is the splitting of wood for a fire.
2. Splitting Apart:
This is the times of Falling Apart. One must at most strengthen his or her present position by strengthen those below, that way peace and stability is ensured. Remember, the mountain has for its support the earth, in order to fortify the foundation of the mountain it will fare well to ensure that the density of the earth is sound, such as a sound mind after performing qigong, or else there will be collapse. Help from above fortifies that foundation. The bottom of the barrel supports the contents.

B. The Image

1. Mountain sitting on the earth
a) In whatever you do expect little movement, except when ensuring the plans of others
b) Thus there is no advantage in whatever direction movement is made, unless you are just lucky, let no one see your piece of jade

II. My interpretation


A. There is a tendency for things to collapse at this time; no matter how well planed the objective. It’s just not that good time. Again, all I can see for today is go nowhere, do nothing, take no action whatever at this time the best resolve is to ensure the plans of others, forego your own plans until a later date.

1. Again, now is not a good time to cross the great river, in plain words, there will be going and coming but with some loss. Hexagram 23 has more to do with that bad dream you had last night, and trust me, I know you did. As the hexagram denotes while one is asleep there is an attempt to say one of the legs of the bed by a prankster, hence, interference of sleep or a bad dream so to speak. I did too. The core of your body is at work doing homeostasis at this time. That could be the reasons for the hexagram warnings against any kind of activities at this time, you should meditate and further assimilate your persona at this time, the ID. Most hexagrams have the effects of three days before, and three days after as an indicated change. In three days there are two things about to happen, an eclipse in our lives is on the verge.

Remember, that there is no success in seeking any extreme destinations at this time. The weak prevails over the strong and the correct. The superior person recognizes the effects of the current times and adheres to the fact that at this time within the continuum the inferior men will at this time be predominating. And be careful with cars.

Learn more about my work with “My Calendar of Days.”


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