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

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


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.


Back To Earth

Daily Draw January 16th, 2012

Some I Ching today from the Tao Oracle:



Usually I do a comparison across books when I do I Ching draws but I am still recovering from the flu, so will keep it singular.

I liked the idea with this that sometimes our inner voice is actually what we’ve been taught by other people. It’s hard to tell sometimes between the preconceived ideas and trusting what you really want or need.

“It’s time to close your eyes to all external cues and look for what makes you applaud and cheer from the inside out.”

Mostly what struck me today was in the description of the top line:

“Wandering around in the past or projecting dreams into the future is the surest way to escape from the now. It might be time to remind yourself that the only real journey is from here to here. Turn your attention to where your feet are, and do your best to stay connected to them.”

For me, that is a continual lesson. I got caught up this week in dreamland-amid-the-clouds and got so tense that none of my back muscles would relax, nor my jaw, nor my mind, and I couldn’t sleep. I finally took a motion-sickness pill to knock myself out and slept ten hours, and now feel more like myself, more back to earth.

The lesson is in not letting it happen to begin with.


The Great Accumulation of Nourishment

Daily Draw November 8th, 2012

I actually drew this for Tuesday, two days ago, and forgot to post it, but it is relevant for the week so I’m putting it up now.

This is from Yi King – Tarot Oriental by Paul Iki which is not a tarot deck but an I Ching deck in French.

Ta Tch’ou – #26
Le Pouvoir du Fort

This is usually called Great Accumulation or The Taming Power of the Great or The Great Nourisher. Paul Iki translates it as..hard to say but I’m going with The Power of the Strong but you could say The Power of the Great. Meh—translation!

The thing that struck me about this card is that it talks about pulling back and having patience. Success on the path your are taking, but taming your passions. Progress with precautions, and temporary obstacles.

I get quite anxious that I am not feeling well some days. I pulled back substantially this week on food choices and am being cautious and chipping away at things, taking my supplements. I am storing up nourishment, and accumulating good health.

That’s pretty good power.


All the Little Foxes and Their Friends

Daily Draw June 7th, 2012

Today I am doing a comparison of foxes in my various decks due to the card and comments in this post. The obvious comparison is the foxes in the Lenormand decks but I found quite a few in other decks, both tarot and oracle.

Before I start on cards I wanted to mention one of my favourite graphic novels from The Sandman series, The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman with artwork by Yoshitaka Amano, I’ve mentioned it before on the blog but it illustrates a classic Asian myth about the fox lady. This comes up on some of my cards too, but the art in this book is so dreamy and evocative, perfect for the story. I recommend you buy it if you love foxes. The cover of my edition is reflective gold so hard to scan accurately.

The Shadowscapes Tarot had the most foxes, a whole suit of them plus a few extras.

I found a few on I Ching cards.

Several stories with foxes in the Fables of La Fontaine are illustrated in these playing cards.

And here are the wonderful Lenormand decks and their attractive foxes.

An assortment of foxes on various decks:

Lisa Hunt has painted foxes in several decks.

More foxes, looking bushy-tailed:

I Ching 28 Amid the Eye Hurtses

Daily Draw January 4th, 2011

I am a day late posting this but I had the flu and was in and out of bed yesterday. Oooh the head thing, the eye hurtses.

I used six of my I Ching decks for this one. I could have used more but they start to get cumbersome to move up and down and scan.

I Ching Cards by Ghao-Hsiu-Chen
28 – Excess

One sentence on the card “Salvage victory from defeat instead of waiting for disaster” reminds me of the proactive Kabbalah draw recently. The tree on this card has had too much water and is close to breaking, or rotting from weakness, saturation.

This is another card about balance.

I Ching of Love by Ma Nishavdo (LS)
28 – Under Pressure

I notice the heart is under pressure here which literally gives me the idea that I should watch out for my blood pressure. The sun is peeking out though and there are some smaller stones taking the pressure on themselves to help the heart.

It’s a serious situation, one that feels like you are trapped, but joyous serenity and trust will get you through it.

Yi King – Tarot Oriental de Paul Iki
28 – Ta Kouo – La Faille

The fault or weakness. Big danger requiring exceptional initiative to surmount. Success and ultimate triumph with the right precaution and prudence.

Sometimes it’s hard to battle the current but with others helping you can avoid reefs and danger. While the boats are struggling in the waves they are passing the rock and being bounced about. One chap is having great trouble holding onto the rudder, others are using long poles to try and steady the course, to provide balance.

I Ching Tarot by Kwan Lau
28 – Da Guo- Great Exceeding

Another mountain to climb but it can be done bit by bit with flexibility and resilience. To withstand trauma you need tolerance and forgiveness—you can go anywhere with that. You need an anchor and stability in life. Trees and people rejuvenate themselves, there is new life after a bad experience. You need proper support and confidence to turn from the dangerous circumstances.

The I-Ching Tarot by Cheung Kwong Yin
28 – Overload

Lengthy treatment of illness, perhaps overloading the boat with expectations that are too high. If you shed old things you can renew yourself and thus gain the strength you need to go on.

Irish Fairy Cards by Jaya Moran
28 – Color Healing

This is about freshening your life and uplifting your spirits with the rainbow. Each colour means something like passion, security, maturity, love, certainty, and wisdom, and they shower down as you open your heart. Play with colour as often as you can and wear it too. As you trust your intuition and dreams, you are ready to be healed. Enter that new life.

Alfred Huang, in his book The Complete I Ching, says that Great Exceeding is the literal meaning in Chinese, although others translate it as Preponderance of the Great, or Excess.

The gua follows the #27 gua called Nourishing so there is the idea that you need to couple nourishing with Great Exceeding, the extraordinary action you need during the time of great exceeding needs nourishment. I like that idea because you need a lot of energy to build strength and stability. Your ridgepole or beam is sagging, you are out of balance.

If you are too firm or inflexible you will break, and if the situation is too big to control, that is a weakness that you need to adjust. No matter how difficult, you can solve the problem this way. Soften the path, take action in a balanced way. You want to move to solve the problem but not get in over your head; be humble, work with others.

I have drawn this card before, and I think it aptly defines the way I get overwhelmed. My expectations are too high, I swing from one extreme to another, giving up as I get overloaded. If you bum out one day, you can grab another pole and get that boat balanced.

The idea of blood pressure and nourishment and extraordinary action taken with balance is a good idea to hold throughout the year.


Encounters with Electricity

Daily Draw July 25th, 2011

I am finally on the computer after a 10-hour power outage. More than the computer I miss running water. The first thing I did was the dishes and then I got the supper of chicken curry on to stew. So I get online and I have no e-mail. Oh well.

After getting antsy about not having electricity, I decided an I Ching draw would be calming. I used the Irish Fairy Cards because they seem to pack a wallop for something that is supposed to be light-hearted.

#44 – Synchronicity

In this instance she highlights a watch and wait attitude of accepting the situation as beyond our control—a fact I found helpful while fretting about the loss of our electricity for so many hours. She says wonderful meetings are on the way and rewarding opportunities will freely arise.

In the “regular” I Ching, this is called “Encountering” and has some subtle undertones of temptations, destructive tendencies, and the insidious influence of evil. If you carry on quietly doing your best and being virtuous and tolerant, sticking to your own path and not letting problems get out of hand, you can counteract or restrain the evil from spreading.

Well I tell you, it’s no fun being alone in a rural area with no electricity. I was reading a book but because of thunderstorms it was dark. Watch and wait was what I did.

Wonderful meetings might be nice. If I drank alcohol I’d suck back half a bottle of wine right now—the stress is unbelievable. My husband is starting his first day of holidays today, I hope he had a better day than I did.

Oh wait, one good thing happened, the jewellery wire I ordered in the mail that was shipped six weeks ago during the postal strike came today. The package was in good condition, just a bit musty smelling from being warehoused. Now I can finish the two Tree of Life necklaces I started weeks ago.

I was fretting about that too but eventually decided a Law of Attraction approach was necessary so I kept visualizing it in my mailbox and today it was there. Another watch and wait lesson for me.

Forward Movement

Daily Draw May 31st, 2011

From The I Ching Tarot:

35 – Jin – Forward Movement

Also called Jing and translated as Proceeding Forward or Progress by others.

This is a good card. I like Alfred Huang’s notation: “If one’s strength is great, one is able to progress and contribute one’s talent to society. It is like the rising sun shining upon all beings on the Earth.”

Kwan Lau in the book that came with the deck talks about happy events and celebration and says “Emphasis here is on the wonderful results that clear communication and appropriate action can bring: it is like the sun rising above the horizon, illuminating the earth for another productive day.”

The ideograph for this shows a rising sun and rays and plants growing. I had that kind of day and got some embroidery done. I did some cooking and kept the kitchen clean which is good for when I’m in pain. I feel a bit poignant about the idea of strength being needed to progress, but for some of us, I guess strength comes a little at a time.