~ Stick # 1 ~
The Han dynasty began with the fall of a great city;
Two generals strove to be the conqueror,
One threw up walls around it, but the mightiest
Could break them down to claim his throne.
Just as the general in this story became an Emperor, this predicts that
you will rise to a high position, so long as you seize the opportunities
given to you and strike while the iron is hot. In particular, this is a
very good fortune for anything to do with business affairs, although it
is possible you will have difficulties with a particularly tenacious
rival. It is also a fortunate moment for you to commit yourself to any
kind of relationship, and existing relationships will grow stronger.
The symbol of the fall of a great city means that, in what you are about
to do, you must think big. The odds may seem stacked against you, but
in reality the time is right. Yes, you will meet opposition but this
should not deter you. In particular, if those who oppose you are guilty
of oppression or abuse of power, then the need to overcome them is
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