Affliction, Shadow-self, and the Dog in the Car

PAGE OF WANDS
K’OUEN – L’AFFLICTION – I Ching 47 – Exhausting (Huang translation)
SHADOW – I face my shadow-self bravely

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This Page is so young, so bursting with enthusiasm. James Ricklef refers to this enthusiasm as living life like a dog in a car. That tail wagging, ready-to-go, hanging your head out the window to see what’s coming up kind of feeling.

Which is not something I’ve felt for a while since being undermined by health problems, but the Yi King card (which is in French) refers to solitude and patience as a way out of affliction. When you are exhausted sometimes the best thing is to do nothing, to be patient.

The card from The Healing Deck mentions anxiety and self-doubt that poisons relationships and weakens our resolve, hardly things this Page would feel or think. Allow your light side to triumph, but allow time, bide your time, be patient. Reflection, interior solitude, let the faiblesse, the weakness and dimness pass.

This Page wears a mask, cut from a lion apparently whose dead legs hang down from his costume. Perhaps a way of feeling good is to put on the mask and act as if you felt well, as if you were strong, and then wait in your solitude for your light side to triumph.

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2 Comments on “Affliction, Shadow-self, and the Dog in the Car”

  1. Beverly King Says:

    Love Ricklef’s analogy of the dog hanging its head out of the car window for the Page. 🙂 Yet even in this instance, the dog is just enjoying the ride (passively), while his owner is the active driver. Is it possible to enjoy life in a passive or receptive way? It makes me think of watching the sunrise or sitting at the water’s edge and listening to it lap the shore.

  2. JJ Says:

    I don’t think dogs really care who is driving, they just enjoy the moment of joy.

    Passivity would not be fruitful in the long run but when exhausted, it works for the moment.


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