~ Stick # 40 ~
The countryside was full of chaos and disorder, TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
Before the new Emperor came with the Mandate of Heaven.
A good ruler serves the whole country, both poor and rich,
And brings peace, prosperity and good times for all.
extremely good fortune presaging the likely attainment of many of your
goals. Fate will probably shield you against most illnesses and
accidents and, if you work hard and help others, you will find joy in
everything you do. You should consider settling down permanently and
committing yourself to your partner, as relationships sealed now are
likely to be very successful.REFLECTION
The Mandate of
Heaven means the right to rule. Chinese emperors were called the Sons
of Heaven. If chaos, war, civil unrest, bad harvests, and adverse
weather conditions afflicted the State, this was seen as a clear sign
that Heaven had withdrawn the right to rule from the Imperial family.
See the present times of disturbance as the passing of an old corrupt
way, and be prepared to look for the new way, the new order, which will
restore order because it has been blessed.
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!!