Monday, March 14, 2005

On Getting OUT of Iraq

Good Morning!
Mme. Zaratamara has been asked to consult the I-Ching on the question "How do we get out of Iraq?"
I have just tossed the coins and this is the Hexagram:
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This is #33 , RETREAT! (I know. Blows MY mind every time, too!)
It pictures a time when the "power of the Dark" is ascending. The light retreats to security so that the dark cannot encroach upon it (a matter not of Man's will, but of Natural law)
Therefore in this case withdrawel is proper; it is the correct way to behave in order not to exhaust one's forces (similar to what Jesus said about not resisting evil).
The Judgement line says:
"RETREAT. Success.
In what is small, perseverence furthers"

"Hostile forces favored by the time are advancing. In this case retreat is the right course and through retreat success will be achieved. Retreat is not to be confused with flight, which means saving oneself under any circumstances, whereas Retreat is a sign of strength.
(but) We must be careful NOT TO MISS the right moment, while we are still in possession of power and position. One must interpret the signs of the times before it is too late and prepare for a provisional retreat before one is drawn into a desperate life-and-death struggle. Thus, success lies in being able to retreat at the right moment and in the right manner, making it the voluntary withdrawel of a strong (person), not the forced flight of a weak one."
THE IMAGE:
"Mountain under heaven..thus the superior man keeps the Inferior man at a distance,
not angrily, but with reserve"

Now come the "changing"Lines :
>Six in the second place says:
"He holds him fast with yellow oxhide.No one can tear him loose"
Retreat is hampered by the Inferior (Bush et al)perseverence in what is "small"(short-sighted and self-serving)>Nine in the Fourth place says:
"Voluntary Retreat brings good fortune to the superior man
And downfall to the inferior man."
(in voluntarily retreating the superior man does not have to do violence to his convictions. The one who suffers is the inferior man, who will degenerate when deprived of the Guidance he needs.
This is also applicable to the attitude nescessary toward the Neocon infestation of our government: we do not simply abandon the field to the inferior man, we make it difficult for him to advance by showing perseverance in "single acts of resistence". In this way we prepare, while retreating, for a counter-movement.

Understanding the laws of such constructive retreat is not easy, but "Great indeed is the meaning that lies hidden in such a time"
Incidently, this Hexagram is linked to the sixth month (July/ August in the Chinese year)
NOW the hexagram is redrawn with the "changing" lines and we see:
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#57, The Gentle, Penetrating Wind (this is also the Hexagram of home-coming!)
The dark principle, in itself rigid and immovable, is disolved by the penetratiing light principle. Like the wind that disperses the clouds in nature, and can even erode stone, so in human life it is the penetrating clarity of examination and judgement, ceaselessly expressed, that thwarts all dark hidden motives. In the life of the community it is the powerful influence of a great personality that uncovers and breaks up those intrigues that shun the light of day.
The Judgement says:
"The GENTLE.
Success through what is small.
It furtheres one to have somewhere to go. (like,Home!)
It furthers one to see the great man"

(the "great man" is refered to as the "ruler" of the hexagram, the fifth line, which says
"Perseverence brings good fortune. Remorse vanishes.
Nothing that does not further.
No beginning, but an END.
Before the change, three days, After the change, three days"

(the Beginning has not been good, and the moment has been reached when a new direction can be taken, but such changes must be made with great deliberation and care for success to be achieved)and it notes,
"In contrast to the situation in #18, Work on what has been spoiled, where it is a question of compensating for mistakes of the parents, is is work on public matters that is described here, characterized not so much by love that covers up defects, as by impartial justice, as symbolized by the West,Metal, Autumn.) In order to enforce commands, it is nescessary to first ABANDON A WRONGE BEGINNING so that a good end is attainable.
"The Image:
"Winds following one upon the other; The Image of the Gently Penetrating.
Thus the superior man spreads his commands abroad And carries out undertakings"

The penetrating quality of the wind depends on its ceaselessness. This is what makes even gentle wind so powerful; Time is its instrument. Change is effected not by an act of violation, but by influence that never ceases, and always moves in the direction of the desired goal. Results of this kind are less striking than those won by surprise attack, but they are more enduring and complete.
"It may not yet be clear who the "Great Man" is (it could be the People as a greater body)... Clearly, we must keep a constant wind-like pressure on our demands for this Change, penetrating the dark motives of the Warmakers with our myriad small but ceaseless voices speaking Truth to Power, that cannot but eventually accumulate to achieve our goal, ending the Occupation and entering upon a new and better wayto relate to the rest of the world.
Yours, Mme Zaratamara

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