~ Stick # 2 ~TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
The dead trees break into green once more;
The woods are alive with buzzing life.
The immortal peach tree gives forth its fruit,
And all the lost find their way home.
In this verse, winter turns to spring, and new life is born. Your own affairs will prosper in time, given the natural course of things. All you need to do is let Nature take its course- opportunities will naturally come your way, especially with a little self-discipline. Though your gains will not be great, they will come steadily and certainly, whether in business or in personal relationships. Prosperity is just a matter of time.REFLECTION
This is a vision of wonder and joy- not just because spring is on the way, but because the immortal peaches are ripe. This only happens once every thousand years. All the signs suggest that this is a most auspicious time.
~ Stick # 48 ~
The humble partridge becomes the great roc;
A freedom that no other bird can know.
Higher and higher he soars into the sky,
Leaving miles of clouds far below him.
A dramatic change is about to occur in your life - whether this is for good or bad depends on your actions. Be prepared for things to change completely, and learn to adapt with circumstances. While you may have difficulties forming new relationships, existing ones will probably be successful. Business deals will probably be delayed for some time but will prove profitable in the end.REFLECTION
This is about contrasts. The roc was a vast, mythological creature and the partridge but a small, dull bird. Yet, says the poet, that which was humdrum and ordinary can become transformed, different. You can be in charge of your own destiny if you want to. Your actions can make you a better person. It is in your power. See if you, also, are able to change.
Each day I sit down, take up the cup of sticks and ask the same question, “What does the Keen community need to know or hear today?” I shake the cup until a stick (or 2 or 3…) falls out. I then post the stick number and the meanings for you to get what you can out of them.
The sticks themselves are a form of I-Ching. There are a total of 64 sticks in the set that I use* with a poem and small interpretation/story to go along with each stick. The poems, meanings and reflections are meant to be read and (as a good friend of mine once said) marinated in. In our culture, we’ve grown accustomed to getting instant gratification. In other words, we’re used to everything being given to us with little or no work on our parts. These readings are the exact opposite of that type of attitude.
Chinese Fortune sticks are meant to make us slow down and reflect on what is being said. As each sticks’ meaning can be profoundly personal to each person who reads them, it’s more important for you to read them rather than have someone give you a watered down version. These readings are meant to sing to a level of your consciousness and bring you a measure of peace, or at least enlightenment.
The best way to get the most you can out of these readings is to approach them with an open mind. Before sitting down to read that morning’s reading, make some quiet time for yourself. Sit still for a moment and clear your mind. Silence the chatter in your head and take a few deep breaths, letting them out slowly. Once you feel yourself slow down a little (or a lot), read through the reading of the day. Go over it a few times if you feel the need. Then take a moment, sit back and think about what that reading means for you. Some will be very straightforward; others require a bit more thinking. Either way, let the reading from the sticks guide you that day on the decisions or experiences you have. These aren’t meant to tell you what to think, but rather to help you look at things in a different way or to allow you to access truths you already have.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!
* written by Zhao Xiaomin & Martin Palmer