~ Stick # 44 ~
Competing fiercely to become spring's queen,
The garden flowers blossom to their full beauty.
Who will win the golden crown of glory?
Among them all, only the peony stands out.
attempts to gain wealth and fame are likely to be successful, and your
personal relationships will turn out well. You need only search to find
many opportunities for advancement. Do not hesitate to put your plans
into operation, and it is a good idea to commit yourself more strongly
to your current relationships. With care, you can remain both physically
and mentally fit.REFLECTION
The peony is the beloved
flower of Chinese poets and artists, for it has a strong sexual
overtone, being (in its elongated bud stage) the example par excellence
of the male member and the yang principle. But its multitude of opening
petals is the symbol of the female, of sex, and of the yin principle.
Thus it combines the yin and yang symbolism. It is saying: be complete,
both yin and yang, and you will be able to progress. Do not rely on just
one aspect of your personality, nor should you be too modest. In
Chinese slang, a peony is a stunningly beautiful and sexy young woman.
Do not hide your light under a bushel! If you have skills and
attributes, use them, show them to others, and they will appreciate you
and help you to advance.
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