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I Ching Hexagram #41:


How to interpret "Decrease"

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Like a wooden foundation that has become weak and flimsy, this hexagram signifies a time of instability. Be careful, this could be a time of decreased prosperity. If handled wisely however, the future may hold a simple redistribution of funds. Simplicity and integrity are the keys here. If you reduce your goals, others will support your efforts. Reducing your immediate expectations may be a necessary step toward your greater dreams and aspirations. This is not a time to panic. It is a time to value simplicity and enjoy the natural world.

Changes in Line 1

"Practice Giving"

This is a time to be unselfish. Hasten to your friend's aid. Current problems can be alleviated by sharing what you can. Give of your time and energy, if not with your wallet.

Changes in Line 2

"Cutting Expenses"

Decrease and increase go hand in hand. Decrease in one area implies increase in another. This is a necessary and natural cycle. For instance, cutting expenses may afford an employer the opportunity to increase wages. Trust the flow and changing currents of your finances.

Changes in Line 3

"Sticking Together"

Walk alone and another will soon join you. It is prosperous to band together. But don't over do it. Having one too many on board can lead to problems

Changes in Line 4

"Practicing Humility"

Decreasing your faults leads to true prosperity. Others will assist you and come to celebrate with you, as you assist and celebrate yourself.

Changes in Line 5

"Receiving Turtle Shells"

Be open to receive at this time. Turtle shells symbolize a beautiful gift headed your way. If anything, no matter how small or simple, comes your way, be grateful and receive it with an open heart.

Changes in Line 6

"The Power of Reciprocity"

To give is to receive. Endeavor to share your gifts and talents with the whole world and you will personally benefit in surprising ways.

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