~ Stick # 3 ~
The mother sparrow builds with clay against a storm, TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
The traveler struggles against the driving rain,
Her fledglings huddle inside the nest,
But the clay melts and falls-all efforts futile.
current precautions against disaster are unlikely to be of any use.
Rather than wearing yourself out trying to defend against all possible
calamities, concentrate on the good aspects of your life. With care and
consideration you can build these up, so that when bad times do come you
are easily able to weather them. Paying attention to your finances is
wise, as is cautious investment in long-term projects. This is a good
time to travel and meet new people, but do not commit yourself to
somebody personally unless you are very sure you can trust them.
the imagery here is of struggle, anxiety, and difficulties. In the
midst of this, do not give up. Continue to plan, to build, to try to
journey on, even if all collapses or seems to do so. The mother's love
never ceases, nor can the traveler act as if he or she is not traveling.
It is difficult, but not beyond hope. Keep going, and eventually all
will be better.
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.
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
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