~ Stick # 13 ~TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
Grandfather Kiang fished all day,
Though once a minister, he'd put such things away.
But when the country needed him again,
He ceased his fishing to ease the country's pain.
The time is not ripe for whatever plans you have at present and you should wait a while before putting them into effect. It is better at the moment to remain inactive and enjoy your hobbies, but wealth and status are in store in the future. It may take you some time to recover from any current health problems, but legal difficulties should soon clear up. Somebody important to you who is currently absent will return soon.REFLECTION
This poem is about duty. It cites the famous case of a wise official who longed for the peace and quiet of retirement but who, when duty called, took up the burden of high office and responsibility again. There are things you have to do, responsibilities you must fulfill. It is no good trying to leave them to others or pretending that it is not up to you, because it is.
~ Stick # 52 ~TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
In the royal canal love poems floated on leaves,
Written by a maid in service at the court.
A scholar responded by the same means,
And at last the leaves brought the lovers together.
While happiness awaits you, it may take many years for your current difficulties to mend. Expect a gradual recovery from your problems rather than a sudden solution. You may well find your friends are your best source of support. If you are considering committing to a relationship, this would be a very good time, as the relationship is likely to be long-lasting and successful.REFLECTION
An impossible chasm seems to be set between yourself and another. Yet this gulf can be bridged. Be honest about what you feel, and see if such honesty brings a change on the other side. Even if it does not, you will have acted appropriately.
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