above KêN KEEPING STILL, MOUNTAIN
below CHêN THE AROUSING, THUNDER
THE CORNERS OF THE MOUTH.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Pay heed to the providing of nourishment
And to what a man seeks
To fill his own mouth with.
Hexagram 27 divination teaches to choose your words wisely. The soul and spirit need nourishment as much as the body does. Just as food can be nourishing for the body, so are words.
"Radical unknowability is the only constant."
- Joan Retallack
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020
... The distance engendered by a poethical recognition of reciprocal alterity stimulates curiosity and exploration. Very different from the play of postmodern irony — ironic distance is a closed case, a conspiracy of knowing that can leave little room for noticing the nascent swerve.
- Joan Retallack
I'm prepared, I already have a ball of pie crust in the frige. Roll it out, lay prettily in my tin, prick bottom, and blind bake, while I brown, brown, brown the onions. Add spices to the egg and cream, mix. Arrange onions in half-baked crust, pour on the custard mixture and bake until custard is set, about another 25 minutes. Let rest before cutting into pieces. Relax.
27.1 (27 > 23) - Lamenting one's failure
27.1.2 (27 > 4) - Having to weave so as not to lose face
27.1.3 (27 > 52) - Creating a shortage
188.8.131.52 (27 > 18) - Returning to normal
184.108.40.206 (27 > 64) - Trapping the resistance
220.127.116.11 (27 > 56) - Driving the needy out
This hexagram is a picture of an open mouth; above and below are firm lines of the lips, and between them the opening. Starting with the mouth, through which we take food for nourishment, the thought leads to nourishment itself. Nourishment of oneself, specifically of the body, is represented in the three lower lines, while the three upper lines represent nourishment and care of others, in a higher, spiritual sense.
Hexagram 27 is named 頤 (yí), "Swallowing". Other variations include "the corners of the mouth (providing nourishment)", "jaws" and "comfort/security". Its inner trigram is ☳ (震 zhèn) shake = (雷) thunder, and its outer trigram is ☶ (艮 gèn) bound = (山) mountain.