I’ve had to duck out of blogging lately and tonight I still feel like ducking. BUT my brother, who was (I just found out) a secret reader of my daily blog (I had no idea) emailed me asking where the blogs were for the past few days. He wrote to me encouraging me to keep on blogging about the I-CHING. He wrote that he enjoys the “short shot at a time” (his words) and added that reading my blog “makes all feel good in my judgment” (his words again).
I’m honored to know that my brother likes my blog and so even though I feel like ducking again tonight—this one’s for you brother!!
Well, well, today’s message is from the I CHING Kua 48 called “The Well” (Ching).
Going to the bottom of “the well”… getting to the bottom of things; seeking truth; returning to the source. Those are the core archetype keyword associations. Looking at the picture, I’d have to add these words: going deep, being vulnerable, seeking the “naked” truth.
That pretty much describes my current dilemma on a physical level; but then nothing is purely physical is it? It’s always also metaphysical too (Meta meaning beyond; so metaphysical meaning beyond the physical).
With Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Neptune with Chiron ALL RETROGRADE, there ‘is’ this sense of going deep, going down or going back to re-visit, re-call re-evaluate, re-do, re-live and re-view. That’s what retrograde energy is about and with all the major outer planets retrograde, it’s a theme. Let’s just isolate one for the moment. Let’s look at Jupiter.
Jupiter is in the sign of Taurus now, retrograde. What are the archetypes of Jupiter and Taurus about? I can give you a feel for some possibilities, but it depends on which house your transiting Jupiter in Taurus happens to be in right now, what aspects it is making and how it relates to your natal Jupiter.
Yet, we could say Jupiter is about intuition and beliefs and sometimes also the “vehicle” or transportation and Taurus is about survival (to the point of choosing to live or not) issues of all types—monetary/financial matters as well as the ability to maintain a physical body. Taurus is about survival. Jupiter is about beliefs.
I wouldn’t be surprised if many are looking at their past and relating it to their current belief about how they are going to survive and if they believe they can or not.
That sounds dire, but doesn’t have to be—like I said, it all depends on each individual astrological chart.
This Kua 48 is about seeking truth, wisdom and insight—the kind that is “bottom line” kind of stuff. As soon as I saw the image on the card, I thought of “Scorpio” actually. That’s the energy of getting to the bottom and of course Scorpio is ruled by Pluto. (And you can call Pluto a planet or a ball of ice but its effects are still the same by the way.)
I’d say that the reason for RETROGRADE energy in the psyche (Mind) that is mirrored by the planets (which are archetypes of the psyche both collectively and individually) is for that famous Plutonic purpose. Going deep into the psyche (even to the dark places) for the purposes of seeking bottom line truth, wisdom, insight and knowledge.
Personally, I think we are fed or nourished by the water from the depth of our souls–our souls can nourish us, quench our thirst and sometimes events of life or circumstances send us down into those depths whether we like it or not!
I’ve been there for the past few days myself and surely I’d not have chosen this visit; yet there I found myself anyway. Metaphysically one thing was happening but physically, the ‘part of me’ that wanted to keep breathing and believed I could if I got some help, drove me to the hospital. So physical and metaphysical is like which comes first the chicken or the egg? It doesn’t matter really. What matters is that the process keeps working and we keep evolving and sometimes that evolution means we have to dive into the well just like the image above. Then we go to the “Source” and remember what we need to by revisiting and reliving and then hopefully resolving. I have two more days of antibiotics left; meanwhile that little exercise helped me shift yet again, seeing life differently still.
Sometimes, we go down to the very foundations of life—breathing is pretty much the bottom line of that very foundation on a physical level. Breath. Breathing—this is the foundation which is the same for every human. Of course we don’t think of these things until we have one of those bottom line experiences—like when we can’t seem to breathe. Yet, we are surrounded by it everywhere—air is an inexhaustible source external to the physical body—we must only draw in a sufficient amount. It can’t hurt anyone to reflect upon these basic truths! (at least once in a while)
The bottom line message is to bypass external influences and plunge in to the pool of deep wisdom; your soul. The journey toward self-knowledge requires that we willingly enter the darkness of uncertainty for insight can only come to you by living your own experience. Turning to The Source within, diving within one’s own core sustains and refreshes and nourishes.
Personally, I am amazed that the way is provided to go deeper even when I think I cannot possibly do so. Not being able to breathe (at least not very well) was the catalyst to do all that “re” work from all those outer planets and…
Jupiter in Taurus led me to the door to the room that contained the book of ‘me’ wherein I entered and wrote in my own book of life what I believed (Jupiter) about my survival (Taurus).
There is nothing like ‘not being able to breathe’ –it causes one to know one’s self to the point of drinking from the source of clarity within the depth of the soul!
Yet, strangely I was calm and collected and hopefully this feeling of wanting to duck out will pass… I’m in a recuperation and rejuvenation phase.
May all of your ‘drinks from THE WELL’ be easy-breezy, gentle, refreshing and replenishing!
May you enjoy a taste the TAO!
pardon if this post sounds like a bit of a mess…
I’m taking some medicine that creates what Luna (in the Harry Potter movies) calls…
“They’re invisible. They float in through your ears and make your brain go fuzzy.”