I wanted to see what the I Ching had to say about the US Presidential race. It’s a crazy one this time around, that’s for sure! If you hadn’t guessed, my vote would definitely be with Hillary.
For the first hexagram, I got #15 – which is called Humility. This is represented by Earth over Mountain. In Ni’s exact words (P. 297 of Book of Changes) it says, “Guidance: Egolessness. The developed one reaches his (or her – my addition) goal. Benefit goes to the humble while failure awaits the arrogant.”
I am sure that both candidates would have to agree, whether they admitted it publicly or privately, that this race has been very humbling. Both parties have gone through multiple accusations of scandalous behavior and, in this day of transparency, I can’t imagine what they both must be going through personally because of that. But Hillary has not only had to deal with comments of the things that she has done, but she has had to deal with the onslaught of insults from being a pioneer, the first woman to run for the highest office in the nation. To me, this is the ultimate humility. She has had to deal with an opponent who has said some very inappropriate, misogynistic things. A man who creeps behind her as she speaks on stage. What would have it looked like if she had been a man and he had done that? We need to ask ourselves these questions. We need to start looking at how we are treating her and ask ourselves if she deserves the level of hatred she is getting or is this more about our hatred of women and of ourselves? Just as Obama had to deal with the hatred that was demonstrative of our ancestral pain of dealing with slavery and centuries of abuse. All of it is coming up for us to heal our nation.
In the hexagram of Humility, Earth is over the Mountain. Normally, it is the other way around, but in this case, it is reversed. The mountain is strong bold and confident, but its been covered up here. I think that both candidates have done a pretty good job of staying strong in the midst of all that is being said about them but it is difficult to see their strengths when all around us we see weakness. The election coverage has not been focused on our first woman president and the glory of that! It has instead been about the disgusting public displays, demonstrating how we should NOT be acting as human beings towards each other. Yet another example of the humble plight of women in the ULTIMATE mansplaining. But in the case, the man is wrong. SO wrong.
One thing that is important to note about this hexagram is that the humility is voluntary. The mountain willingly takes the lower ground. As women, we know this route. We’ve been there many times before. We are used to taking a back seat because it is the way it’s always been.
I know that a lot of people have been very stressed from this election period. Trump’s whole campaign seems as if it is based on stirring up feelings of hatred and I really try not to participate in the discussion. It’s trying. The hatred baits us on a daily basis and we just cannot help but swipe out at times in anger from it. Friendships are being tested as people are scoring their relationships based on which party is supported. Families are torn. It’s a tough time. We all feel as if we are right. Ni says, “A person of self-cultivation does not flaunt his achievements or bemoan his difficulties.” I must admit, I feel proud that I am of the “higher ground” of not being a Trump supporter. The only thing I can do is work on myself. I definitely have some work to do here! I need to recognize the pain that Trump supporters are going through. Change is not easy.
Line 3 (Changing Line): The third line relates to how we approach difficult tasks. It suggests that we put forth our best effort when the tasks are difficult. (Ni, P. 299 of Book of Changes). Hillary is doing something momentous here. She is breaking down barriers that have been in place for centuries. You may not like everything that she stands for, but we can look beyond those things to the greater purpose here: advancing the status of women in this country and throughout the world.
The second hexagram is the phase we are moving into and it was this…
If you are at all familiar with yin and yang, you may know that yin is often associated with women and this is the all yin lines! This is hexagram #2, which again points to being submissive and humble. It is interesting to think of a US President as a humble character, but I think that, after this race is over, no matter who wins, our country has been humbled. The world has watched with anticipation to see how we will vote in this election. A woman president will be all new ground for us and I, for one, am excited to see how it plays out.
I would be very curious to know what you think of this outcome? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments area below.