Spirit shares His understanding of the I Ching Wisdom expressed by Hexagram 18 – Degeneration. Mountain (Yin) is over Wind (Yang). Degeneration follows Following (17) and leads to Overseeing (19).
Spirit explains: “The 2nd line is Yang and the 5th line is Yin. The fifth line in every hexagram is the line of leadership and responsibility, and, ideally, a yang line, and yet, in this instance, yin is on this line. However, the complement of the 5th is the 2nd, and yang on the second line which is normally a yin line, provides for a sharing of this position of power.”
“But, if degeneration is the condition that they share …”
“How could it be otherwise?”
“I would like to think that any degenerating situation is
a result of masculine abuse of power.”
“That would be to deny the existence of feminine energy.”
“How does masculine responsibility for whatever condition
or situation deny feminine energy?”
“Abdication of, or denial of, responsibility is, more or less,
acceptance of whatever situation or condition results from
“Are you trying to tell me that …”
“I am telling you that dynamic interaction requires
inequality; transient or otherwise, of each and all
of the individual energies in the choices we make.”
“We share the choice.”
“And the outcome?”
Nourishment follows Accumulation.
Accumulations are as harvests; the successful outcome of
Sowing seeds, caring for them as they develop, and then
Gathering in the results of our efforts.
Our body and soul each need nourishment,
But, what sustains them each is different, as is
The process, order, and method by which
They each thrive or do not.
Our physical body (for those of us who are now
Experiencing a physical reality), requires that
Nourishment is taken in from the environment
Our soul is nourished, more or less, by how
It expresses itself. shares its essence with
Other souls, simply by living a life we know
We must live, and by caring for and encouraging
Others to find and follow their way.