This post is #30 of 64 hexagrams in a series of posts about the I Ching, an ancient Taoist text that has many ties to the Tao Te Ching. For those of you new to this series, you may want to start by reading my post called “What is a Hexagram?” that helps to explain more about the general idea of the I Ching. If you are just starting this series, you may want to take a look at some of my other posts on the I Ching.
If you’ve been following my blog lately, you may know that a few weeks ago I told the story of my yarrow sticks and offered up some I Ching readings. I ended up getting more than I bargained for, but doing these readings has been super fun! I am still trying to catch up from that, but if anyone else wants one, let me know. It may just take me a while to get to you, so if you are cool with that I can let you know when I’m a bit more freed up.
This hexagram is Fire over Fire. That’s a lot of fire! Fire represents passion – it represents the mind and ideas coming up. Fire is warmth and light. It’s our spiritual essence.
In several of the translations, the commentary for this hexagram mentions taking care of the cow. Now, you have to realize that this book was written thousands of years ago in Ancient China! So what is “taking care of the cow” in today’s speak?
In Ni’s version, he talks about the Fire representing the mind and Water representing the body. He goes on to discuss how, in the later version of the trigram arrangements, the “Post-Heaven Phase”, Fire and Water were considered the forces that every other energy was based from – replacing Heaven and Earth as the main bases! This is how important Fire and Water are to us! We are made of water but it is our passion (fire) that fuels us.
So this hexagram is double fire, AKA Brilliance. If Fire is the mind, this hexagram represents the brilliance that we are capable of achieving with the right circumstances. We have great spiritual potential. But we must take care of the cow also. Chop wood and carry water. Take it slow and don’t burn yourself out.
Fire is strong and powerful but it can also be destructive. If a fire is too strong, it will burn itself out. Better to simmer things and let them last. Better to share the light with others and let them carry it on. Better to focus your light within and regenerate your being. Our brilliance is internal – not just external. What light is there within you that you can let shine out for others to see? What light can you uncover in others?
With the power of fire comes responsibility. How best can we tame our fire so that it can serve us as long as we would like?
Tell us what you think. What do you think of when you think of FIRE? How about double fire?