Today is not only the Winter solstice there is a new moon in Capricorn. Happy New Year on this special new moon day.
Earth over Thunder
Wilhelm says about Hexagram 24:
“The idea of a turning point arises from the fact that after the dark lines have pushed all of the light lines upward and out of the hexagram, another light line enters the hexagram from below. The time of darkness is past. The winter solstice brings the victory of light. This hexagram is linked with the eleventh month, the month of the solstice (December-January).”
“The winter solstice has always been celebrated in China as the resting time of the year–a custom that survives in the time of rest observed at the new year. In winter the life energy, symbolized by thunder, the Arousing, is still underground. Movement is just at its beginning; therefore it must be strengthened by rest so that it will not be dissipated by being used prematurely. This principle, i.e., of allowing energy that is renewing itself to be reinforced by rest, applies to all similar situations. The return of health after illness, the return of understanding after an estrangement: everything must be treated tenderly and with care at the beginning, so that the return may lead to a flowering.”
My Paintings and Prescriptions for hexagram 24 is here.
I do an I Ching reading every year on the solstice, asking what will most characterize my year from solstice to solstice. I would love to know if any readers also do this and if so will you share what your reading was?