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The Thunder from The Beneath

Something to contemplate...

Saturday, January 20, 2024
3 mins

The Thunder from The Beneath

From time to time we consult the I-Ching.

As always, the question posed was not specific. We're just looking for an overview of the current situation and, if the first hexagram has 'moving lines', it generates a second hexagram with hints about possibilities ahead.

So, this is what the oracle has to say about what's happening and what may lie ahead for Scotland's independence movement.

Readers can make of it what they will but we find it both accurate and cause for some optimism.

The big question: where is our 'Superior Person'?

Cast Hexagram:

47 - Forty-Seven

K'un / Exhaustion

A Dead Sea, its Waters spent eons ago, more deadly than the desert surrounding it:

The Superior Person will stake his life and fortune on what he deeply believes.

Triumph belongs to those who endure.

Trial and tribulation can hone exceptional character to a razor edge that slices deftly through every challenge.

Action prevails where words will fail.


This is the realm of the Shaman.

You have exhausted every alternative, spent yourself completely, taxed body and mind beyond your former limits.

Survival and salvation lie beyond your reach now.

Only transcendence to a new existence -- a higher plane of being -- will see you through.

The Old You is just a dry husk.

You can't return to it.

Metamorphosis is the only grace offered.

You can only return to your homeland as a New You.

Transformed Hexagram:

16 - Sixteen

Yü / Enthusiasm

Thunder comes resounding out of the Earth:

Similar thunder roars up from the masses when the Superior Person strikes a chord in their hearts.

Whip up enthusiasm, rally your forces, and move boldly forward.


There is a rhythmic force, a world music, that lives deep in the Unconscious of each of us.

It's a primitive drumbeat, a shaking rattle, a tribal chant that invokes the primal self to rise up and join the dance.

This is the enthusiasm that is generated now.

Not rhetorical persuasion, not a play on the emotions, but a charismatic, irresistible Call of the Wild.

Confucius said that the person who could comprehend this could 'rule the world as though it were spinning in his hand.'

This is a time for instinct, not intellect - the Thunder from the Beneath.

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