The Tao Time Book of Days
A transformational journey over a lunar year. Travel the hexagrams January 25, 2020 to February 10, 2021 in the Year of the Rat
The I Ching is a Pathway to Harmony and Balance
A calendar is more than merely a device for the numbering of days. All calendars are directly bound to the ever-recurring cycles of nature, most commonly manifested in the rotation of the earth and its cosmic influences; their underlying purpose is to help humans adjust to these cycles and the forces that permeate them by achieving an organic sense of time - a true sense of participation in the rhythmic flow of natural events. Ultimately this brings a sense of harmony with the universe.
Time, as conceived by humans, is only one of infinite manifestations of the Originating Principle of the Universe. This principle is known to the chinese as Yin and Yang. Time is the duration of experience upon consciousness. If we accept this as a definition of "time," then we are obligated to try to become aware of the nature of experience.
In this discourse experience is defined as a phenomenon of Now-consciousness.
Now-consciousness is the enduring and non-changing actuality through which all other events of past and future, departing and approaching, are conceivable.
The Lunar Calendar arranges the ancient Chinese observations of change as an overlay pattern that links them with the coming-passing moment. The hexagram lines are allied with the days, lunar cycles and seasons which comprise the annual cycle.
In this way, I Ching, the principle of inexhaustible potential expresses infinite meaning through the fluid association of its linear components. The Lunar Calendar correlates time with wisdom. Attention to the progression of hexagrams is one way of charting the journey of one's destiny.
Lunar Months Hexagram Sequence
Third MoonFirst Moon
The Lunar Order of I Ching
When the ancient Chinese consulted the Book of Changes regarding a matter of great concern, they were interested in knowing when to act or not to act. Many forms were identified to access the wisdom; What time is it for me? Who do I need to be when? What is the way to success here?
Structuring the order of the hexagrams to the days of the annual cycle began in ancient times. An early work; I Ching: Yi-wei Chi-lan'u (Treatise on the Changes: Consultation Charts, 1952), described a complex correlation structure that reflects a relationship between the divisions of the year and the sixty-four hexagrams.
The Western translations by Wilhelm—Baynes and repeated in the John
Blofeld Book of Changes identified only certain months with particular hexagrams.
Inconsistencies, either in the original or a copyist error was repeated.
Fung's scholarly and highly respected work listed the lunar calendar order of the hexagrams. In his listing four hexagrams are not included.
In the first Taoist Book of Days (1975), Khigh Dheigh returned to the work and identified the Yin/Yang flow of he lunar months and the order of hexagrams within their cycles.
First the month by month structure of the hexagrams following the evolution
and devolution of the Yin and Yang was constructed.
Then 61 hexagrams were assigned roles through each month to address each of the 365¼ days of a year.
Each page labeled by Moons (First, Second ...Twelfth) contains the order of hexagrams for that period.
By engaging the Tao Time Book of Days one can develop an understanding of the I Ching, gaining incredible wisdom and insight in personal and universal flow. Actions taken result in most appropriate manifestations. The one called Dale Bruder is among the cultural innovators who have devised implements and techniques to use the I Ching in describing and predicating elements, processes and experiences in practices involving special uses of the mind and body energy cycles through deepening wisdom is available to be taken.
Enjoy your journey and the sojourns the personal hexagrams take you.
The Tao Time Master
Year of the Yang Metal Rat
The Year of the Rat is a Time of New Beginnings, with Caveats
by The Tao Time Guide
Beginning Saturday, January 25th we enter a year of new beginnings in the Chinese Zodiac Yang Metal Rat domain. The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animals cycle of the Chineese Zodiac, and for this reason, this time is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals. The Metal Rat Year is going to be a strong, prosperous and lucky year. Everyone can expect to show determination regarding their goals, aspirations, and even their hobbies. This is a great year for founding and evolving.
The beginning of the year are extrememy bright and full of motivation. We'll receive, as a gift, a new, clean, fresh year, with no mistakes or regrets following the Year of the Yin Earth Pig. However, the caveat is the seconf half of 2020 comes with a grating distrust, for which some reasons may exist, some fictive, some arising from lack of honesty.
MORE ON THE YEAR OF THE RAT TO COME.