Today an I Ching Meditation on the planetary transits:
* The 8th hexagram is called "Bonding," or "Holding Together," and it depicts the organization and/or administration of the military or a group of people into a cohesive and functional whole, usually with a particular goal or ambition in mind.
* The 8th hexagram sometimes encourages us to cast the I Ching again and to inquire as to whether or not we possess the strength of character to deal with, lead, or assemble this effort.
* The reason the I Ching suggests casting again is to simply emphasize how no larger, coordinated effort is possible without a virtuous person and a virtuous goal or ambition.
* No virtuous effort is performed without virtuous organization, administration, and execution. Virtuous goals require virtuous people and virtuous actions. The ends do not justify unvirtuous means. Hexagram 8 is clear about this.
* We can see this right now as we notice the Sun and Mars coming together in a square with Uranus, indicating an effort to overthrow, revolutionize, or significantly alter something. This revolutionary, innovative impulse is taking place in the midst of a Venus/Neptune square and a Venus/Jupiter trine, reminding us that we will need others, and we will need love to accomplish anything worth accomplishing right now.
* When the 4th line of Hexagram 8 changes, we get a specific message: "Hold to him outwardly also. Perseverance brings good fortune."
* In this line we see an instruction to seek help outside of ourselves or from someone we might not normally consider to be an ally or form of support.
* The 4th line suggests that we also outwardly display our affection, love, ideals, or virtues, in order to rally the sympathy and support of allies and possibly new people.
* The 4th line also speaks to the importance of practicing what we preach, of walking our talk, and of being an example of whatever effort, cause, or change we are hoping to create. To some of us this might be obvious, but let's not forget how easy it is to take up a cause or to make a demand for change in others or in the world, infused with great moral righteousness, without simultaneously examining ourselves with the same vigor.
* When hexagram 8 changes via line four it becomes hexagram 45: gathering together.
* Here we have the picture of a group of diverse people gathering together for the sake of a common, moral goal. And yet the hexagram discusses preparing for possible chaos, factions, and infighting.
* Hexagram 45 is a picture of setting aside differences for the sake of a larger, moral goal, one that at least for the moment may unite people. However, careful and upright leadership is required in order to orchestrate the group together rather than seeing it devolve into chaos.
With Venus and Neptune coming into a square while Venus trines Jupiter, the need for diplomatic relationships and an ideal sense of what is possible between ourselves and others, is necessary. We may have to set aside our normal sense of who we will and will not relate with, who we are and are not above or below, in order to come together in the name of something higher. This need to come together for a cause is indicated by these Venus trines taking place at the exact same time that Mars is falling into the furnace of the Sun (something failing or ending), just as Mars and the Sun are squaring Uranus (the desire or call for immediate, rapid, transformation and revolution).
Are we living examples of the changes we wish for right now? Are we willing to compromise and work with people we wouldn't normally agree with? Do we examine ourselves with the same fierceness we examine others, the same fierceness we demand change from or diagnose the problems of the world?
Prayer: Teach us to be love's revolutionaries and not demanding purists with empty or angry hearts. Teach us to love you first, and may our most passionate work in the world reflect the spirit of your eternal peace.