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Hexagram Thirty Six
Ming I (Pro: Ming Yee) – Fading Light
Winter comes to every summer. Darkness follows each day.
Circumstances may not allow your light to shine into the world. The fading of the external power and light, can open to the shining of the inner light. This reveals hidden treasures which strengthen the purpose necessary to continue despite obstacles.
The withdrawal of light at night-time is not a period of evil, simply a time of withdrawal and quiescence. It is not a time for active growth externally, but within ourselves a time of balancing and integration of experience can take place.
Winter is also a time when the light lessens. Much that was flourishing dies out and withdraws until spring. Within the external quiet fires burn as processes of powerful growth ready themselves. Such is taking place in regard to this query. Quiet persistence is needed.
But at times darkness rules. Brutality and ignorance may be in power. Then it is not wise to expose your real feelings or nature. Without accepting the prevailing darkness, one must let many things happen without open comment. One must still maintain awareness of ones own inner light however, lest that too is lost.
Key words: Drawing within, the essence is kept alive ready for another spring.
The Moving Lines
1.High ideals and aims push you into action beyond what is normal. Flying at night is dangerous and leads to deprivations. Do not expect praise for this behaviour.
2.Though you feel as if one of your mainstays has been weakened, you can still find reserves to deal with the problem. Use what is at hand.
3.Determination to achieve goals has led by chance to the removal of a major obstacle or opposition. This has been at great cost, so avoid persisting to the point of stupidity.
4.In darkness the forces of corruption are sometimes abroad. When away from all that is of home, ones heart may meet a dark period, or one may realise the cause of difficulties. With such understanding seek safety.
5.What is best, to act against what injures you and betray the principles you have tried to live by – or refrain from action within darkness and thus remain true to your beliefs? Great spirit is needed
6. The dark night is at its climax. All that it could achieve has been fulfilled. To have fallen from such heights is wounding. But the darkness moves toward the day. Learn from the night.