Covid-19 Pandemic - where is all of this going to?

September 26, 2021

#1: Question asked on The Harvest Moon of 2021 (September 20, 2021):

9/20/2021 17:10 Since the beginning of 2020 the whole our planet has been pushed into something which is called covid-19 pandemic. In the beginning I did think it was a health emergency however after a couple of months it became more and more obvious that something more serious and more sinister was going on. Today, a year and a half later it is more than obvious that some evil agenda is being unfolding mostly in the western world. Where is this all going? How is the western world going to look in the next 5 to 10 years given the current trajectory of madness happening all around us?

Please see the background essay for additional information regarding this question.

Hexagrams received were:

1) 50. Ting / The Caldron (鼎 dǐng) with changing lines 3 and 4, and

2) 4. Mêng / Youthful Folly (蒙 méng)

Hexagrams received - Covid question

50. Ting / The Caldron

THE CALDRON. Supreme good fortune.

Nine in the third place means:
The handle of the ting is altered.
One is impeded in his way of life.
The fat of the pheasant is not eaten.
Once rain falls, remorse is spent.
Good fortune comes in the end.
Nine in the fourth place means:
The legs of the ting are broken.
The prince’s meal is spilled
And his person is soiled.

4. Mêng / Youthful Folly

YOUTHFUL FOLLY has success.
It is not I who seek the young fool;
The young fool seeks me.
At the first oracle I inform him.
If he asks two or three times, it is importunity.
If he importunes, I give him no information.
Perseverance furthers.

Hexagrams received were:

1) 50.  Ting / The Caldron (鼎 dǐng) with changing lines 3 and 4 and
2) 4.  Mêng / Youthful Folly (蒙 méng)

Short discussion of the answer

Original hexagram

Original hexagram received was The Caldron (Ding) which suggests nourishment, sacrifice and culture at the same time.

Culture is source of spiritual nourishment to the people participating in the culture.

Alfred Huang translated the name of this hexagram as "Establishing the New".

This hexagram provides us with a very positive prognostication overall - it says THE CALDRON. Supreme good fortune. Success.

Line three and line four of the original hexagram are so called changing lines and the text of those two lines is giving us detailed prognostication. 

Line three and line four are in the middle of the hexagram - they form a bridge between the lower trigram and the upper trigram. Since they signify transition from the inner aspect of the situation to the outer aspect of the situation this phase of change is considered dangerous in most hexagrams.

Line three tells us that our culture is seriously impaired because of the corrupt low level officials (public health officers, medical professionals etc) and because of that "our way of life is impaired" we are not able to enjoy everything what our culture has to offer ("The fat of the pheasant is not eaten").

There is a lot of pent up frustration and dissatisfaction in people however the line text gives us a reason for optimism, it says: "Once rain falls, remorse is spent. Good fortune comes in the end". Falling rain symbolizes release of tension which has been building up for almost two years.

Once that tension is released thing will be good.

How long is this all going to last?

Since those changing lines are in the middle of the hexagram I would say we are in the middle of the process described in this hexagram, therefore I would expect that present tension will last for another 1.5 to 2 years before tensions are released.

Line four is interesting - it says: 

"The legs of the ting are broken.The prince's meal is spilled And his person is soiled. Misfortune."

This line and prognostication have priority over the text of the third line (according to Zhu Xi 朱熹 (1130– 1200)).

This is the picture of collapse of the western culture and/or civilization. Some call it "Controlled demolition" since it is undertaken in order to establish a new society.

Line four is the line of the minister(s), line five is the line of the king or emperor.

In our situation line five belongs to the wizards behind the curtain, those who pull all the strings.

Line four represents government officials like presidents, prime ministers etc who are doing the bidding of those hiding in the background, the real power-holders. 

The legs of the ting are broken - Ding can not be used any more, basically it is useless. It is nothing more than a pile of metal laying around.

Line three text spoke about "The handle of the ting is altered" - Ding still can be used but it can not be moved around because the handle was damaged.

Line four suggests Ding is totally destroyed. That is what a destroyed (old) culture looks like as well.

The prince's meal is spilled - western ruling "elites" killed the cow that fed them,

And his person is soiled - politicians will be chased like wild animals for all the crimes they have committed.

Misfortune - you bet.

Misfortune here refers to the subject of line four which are the politicians who were in charge during the colapse of the societies.

Resulting hexagram

This hexagram is giving us a glimpse of the long term future (the first, main hexagram was describing present and immediate future).

After the collapse of our western culture new era will begin.

The resulting hexagram reflects exactly that:

4. Mêng / Youthful Folly (also translated as Dim, Stupidity, Ignorance) - this hexagram suggests success which depends on perseverance.

Youthful Folly is the fist manifestation of the new cycle of change - first hexagram in the sequence is Difficulty at the beginning however at that time things were not manifested yet, things were brewing below the surface, sprouting underground.

Here, with Meng, the protagonist of  the hexagram is in the  open facing harsh and unforgiving environment but its inner strength and determination compensates for the lack of wisdom (experience) and visible strength, while facing enormous obstacles.

According to "A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese by Paul W. Kroll word 蒙 méng also has the following meaning:

suffer, meet with; confront, withstand, brave, face (adversity), therefore immaturity and youthful folly is not picnic in the park however the prospects are good because the nuclear trigram indicates return of the light, change for better.

Chinese character for the word méng 蒙: originally it was the name of a twining plant called dodder (Cuscuta chinensis). Chinese character 蒙 is a picture of a house with the roof covered with that plant. Hence another meaning of the word méng which is "Covering" because dodder covers the roofs everywhere. "Covering" in the context of Yi Jing would be for example when an ignorant child's talents are covered therefore parents and teachers have to discover or uncover those talents.

First hexagram tells us that our civilization is in the process of breakdown (intentionally created breakdown in an attempt to create a new type of society), ordinary people will suffer but politicians who have been facilitating that breakdown will pay the price for that.

The second hexagram tells us something new is sprouting out and that new thing is resilient but inexperienced (foolish), facing harsh realities of the newly created environment which can be unforgiving. Life is forging ahead despite all the dangers and obstacles it may face. Subject of this hexagram needs sincerity and good faith when approaching those in the position to teach them or give them right instruction.

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