Hilary Barrett, I Ching

Mare in motion

Yi’s been reminding me of hexagram 2 lately. It’s my ‘hexagram for the year’, unchanging, so I have the opportunity to see it from the inside – after seeing it through my mother’s example a few years ago. 

One of the biggest changes in my life this year is going to be moving house, and owning a home for the first time. (No more trying to fit our lives around the landlord’s furniture!)  Hexagram 2′s ‘peaceful constancy’ is fitting here: the character for ‘peaceful’ shows a woman under a roof. Quite. :)

Naturally, as we start looking, I’m talking with Yi a lot. I tried to start out systematically, by narrowing down the area to look in, asking ‘what would it be like to live there?’ questions. Something about the answers told me I wasn’t quite starting in the right place… and so I wound up asking,

‘What would be a good guiding principle to bear in mind when house-hunting?’

Yi’s response: Hexagram 2, unchanging.

:D

Hexagram 2 is where Yi first introduces the whole idea of ‘having a direction to go’:

‘The noble one has a direction to go,
At first, confusion; later, gains a lord and harvest.’

When I start looking online, there’s a confusing multitude of possibilities, not least the various different areas we could move to. As we get out on the road and look at some houses, guiding principles start to emerge – and they’re not necessarily the ones that made sense ‘in theory’.

One aspect of Hexagram 2 that’s being brought home to me now: the importance of being in motion. A ‘direction’ literally has to do with sounding out a ford with a stick, trying out possible routes. It means having a good imaginative vision of the objective, yes, but not just sitting and theorising about it. I need to get going!

I once heard a motivational speaker type talk about how guided missiles only become guided missiles after launch, when countless little nudges that keep them on course to reach their target. The same is true of the mare, whose constancy bears fruit: she is sensitive to guidance as she runs.

6 Responses to “Mare in motion”

  1. jRuthKelly Says:

    This is gold… “she is sensitive to guidance as she runs.” Your posts have become needful sustenance for me. Thank you…

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  2. Gene Says:

    Interesting too, that the concept of yin is within while that of yang is without. Here one is within the confines of the household, and therefore is at least relatively safe and content. In the outside world we are more likely to find hostility, and trouble. Within, we have the fireplace, the kitchen, and the one’s we love. Some love the road, some love the inn. It is all in your perspective. But here I sense a happiness in finding that which is your own, and a shelter you can retreat to, furnished the way you choose.

    Gene

  3. Hilary Says:

    Yes… exactly what I’m looking forward to. This sense of being ‘at home’ is important to me on all kinds of levels – it’ll be good to have an outer reflection of it.

  4. rebecca Says:

    Hi,
    I too am moving to the country with my fiancee and two dogs this year (in fact are getting the keys on Monday) and to the first home either of us have ever owned. We’ve been looking ever since we got together and have made do in the meanwhile with a miniature council flat for us four.
    Slightly different to you, it’s been such a long time for us since living comfortably or ever (like you) in our OWN home, that in all my excitement, ideas and imagination, I don’t really know what we’re going to expect, perhaps because it’s just so overwhelming.
    But I’m so happy this hexagram and situation is relevant for you too. It gives me insight and shows I am not alone. We have many plans, like said and are really looking forward to it. I know the magic of the I Ching and therefore am doubly happy about you having been given this particular hexagram.
    Is there any more you could say about it? I must check my book, which is however not with me at the moment. But there’s always a right time for right things (even if its not the present)…!
    Lots of love and light, xx
    Röebok

  5. Röebok Says:

    p.s. my name is Röebok, not necessarily rebecca (here) and this is the first comment I’ve written in this site. However, I look forward to another door opening by finding this site.

  6. Hilary Says:

    Hello Röebok – thank you for writing :)

    Any more I could say…? Well, things happened and we haven’t yet moved. What I’m learning from/through/with the hexagram is that being ‘at home’ happens on many levels and for me is absolutely inseparable from being of service – as in, I am at home where I’m useful.

    Huge congratulations on collecting your keys – that’s something I’m still imagining and looking forward to, even while I enjoy being at home right where I am.

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