Bi - Firmament
BY PURPLE YANG
So far, this hexagram has been the most challenging concept for
me to swallow and digest since I started this 16-year project
4 years ago. And it is getting more and more difficult for me
-- to the degree that I want to quit, but I cannot.
cannot come to peace with using the name of Union as it has commonly
English word "union" is very cognitive and conscientious;
it is more mental when a physical relationship should suffice.
Whether it is combined with un-and -ion , or unite
or unity, "union" is too arbitrary or forceful
to me for the transliteration of the Chinese character Bi.
Especially in modern day economic and political usage, the word
"union" is applied between labor and management, established
legislations and acclaimed rights. Union is a body away and aside
from the political lobby and capitalistic alloy, working with
labor and its established, earned, and contributed rights.
It is not a neutral or free word anymore.
In Chinese, the character of Bi for the Water
over Earth hexagram is the perfect expression of the
divine creative female power below, over, and through undivided
and unquenched masculine fire. The single yang line of
the upper Water trigram holds the entire five creative threads
and matter, matrixes, and lines to the point that this line
itself is the dotting eye of God, the first visible light of
the universe, and the most expressed joy in our eyes.
inverting or flipping the Army (Shi, Hexagram 7) of the
universe, signified by the teacher of love and the power of
grandmother, Bi makes blood and water the same fluid,
a tear and oil the same expression, dew and a view the same
image, light and blue the same distance. When blood combines
with water, the flesh is alive. When a tear speaks for the heart
-- through silent joy and a salient agreement -- no external
force is needed to unite or tie. No extra effort is required
to bind or bond, mind or mount.
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