Aug 09 2022

We don’t love ourself and we never have. “What do you mean love?” Well, when we look in the mirror or project an image of what we feel/think others see when they see us (like when waiting in line or walking past someone on a sidewalk) we have a mild to severe revulsion of the image. As well, if we reflect on ourself in a general sense, we kind of loathe that comprehensive image/feeling too.

In large part, we know why this is the case. There were un-integrate-able (dark, shameful, unexplained-by-the-adult-world) scenarios in our youth which caused difficulties in straightforward “normative” interaction (we were always possessed by a feeling that others could see what was un-integrate-able about us). The result was a sense of being outside the world — and becoming an outsider.

Being an outsider is not easily extricable; it is self-reinforcing, as it inherently makes one a liar. It is fairly impossible for consistent, self-aware lying not to compound/harden into self-contempt (there are exceptions — Jean Genet comes to mind). Loving yourself is a kind of ignorance of self that is irrelevant to the outsider.

But years on the outside, having to eschew (blissful) ignorance (of behavioral causations and environmental causations) has pushed some new aspects. The chief of which being an incisive consciousnessthe result of which, a high awareness of ambiguity in all human perception/beliefs (particularly of the inside).

This is not a perceptive panacea, and it certainly doesn’t keep all the various malignancies from sniffing around the door, but it does incline us toward a new lightness. Ultimately, a feeling that life is best viewed as an art rather than anything like a certainty. We have a growing comfort in seeing the beauty, silliness and tragedy of ambiguities seeking rhythm and form in bodies.

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Hermit is a casual and beautiful digital zine tenderly focussed on perhaps the most significant aspect of our times: “people at home.”

Of all Hermit’s unflustered merits, what we really, really love is their super subtle navigation. It’s just so basic and quietly refreshing and thus so lovely. The device obvi may need a state change when entries become voluminous — but they’ll cross that threshold when they get there; for now we’ll just enjoy the opposite of obvious…  ❤️

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Charlotte Smith, Written on the Banks of the Arun, 1785
Hussein Chalayan, Place to Passage, 2003
Mira Makai Exhibition at L21 Gallery, 2022
Rifat Ozbek, Fall/ Winter, 1996-97

Tony Williams, Next of Kin, 1982


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:

All times are not all times. Some stages or conditions are favorable, some middling, whilst others are outright hostile to one’s interests/goals. An intelligent person knows this (by “intelligent person” we mean someone transcendentally sensitive, self reproachful, and always striving for well-rounded awareness).

So if you are someone transcendentally sensitive, self reproachful, and always striving for well-rounded awareness, continue to be bold in the understanding of your conditions — really struggle to weigh your personal biases/preoccupations against the biases/preoccupations of the time you live in (or are going through). Interior and exterior situations most often don’t line up. It is important to bide your time and think long term.

The twist is that you have to make mistakes to actually see your biases and materialize your talents. Go out into the world mildly but sincerely and then return to your quarters to take stock. If you come home every time covered in tomatoes and shit — take a break and figure out another way.

Unintelligent people are presumptuous. Intelligent people know that they don’t know — their main quality is sensitivity.

(Side note: If you’ve managed to yoke the sphinxes; make it your life’s work to get to know them!!)

* * *

This week we “pulled” The Chariot. Tis true that fortune favors the bold, but it also rewards organization; this card is kind of a combo of both. A.E. Waite said that it is important to note that the Charioteer and their Chariot are pulled by sphinxes — that is, they have yoked / dominated / answered-successfully the riddle — a symbol of the “triumph of the mind.” Be brave and “intelligent” this week.

Our first hexagram this week is #9, The Taming Power of the Small. A great army can be hindered by the collapse of a small bridge in an insignificant town. A gigantic machine can be thoroughly wrecked by a tiny pin entering its works. It is not only hurricanes and tectonic shifts that have the power to prevent major advance — sometimes impediments are caused by little, unassuming things. If something bars your way this period, perhaps investigate basic, small causations. There were four changes this week (expect unevenness or even turbulence) the specific notes are as follows: be open to differing methods (retreat or advance), if your advance is not in harmony with the time — fall back, expectations of success are dangerous to ultimate goals, and the best (least destructive) truth is a non-partisan/disinterested truth.

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #12, Standstill (Stagnation). Here we have a depiction of a time out of joint. The I Ching expresses that it is the pre-fall time; that typifies this type of condition (how apropos). “This hexagram is linked with the seventh month (August–September), when the year has passed its zenith and autumnal decay is setting in.” “When, owing to the influence of inferior people, mutual mistrust prevails in public life, fruitful activity is rendered impossible, because the fundaments are wrong. Therefore the intelligent people know what they must do under such circumstances; they do not allow themselves to be tempted by dazzling offers to take part in public activities. This would only expose them to danger, since they cannot assent to the meanness of the others. “They therefore hide their worth…” and “nevertheless remain faithful to their principles and withdraw into seclusion.”



Aug 02 2022

This age makes plain,

in its “new” language

like all other age’s “new” languages,

that what is new hides

among some other things,

what becomes plain.

“What is it that always becomes so plain?”

That, no one knows.

What we can’t figure

is whether this veiling

is all we can do.

 As it sincerely seems plain

that this constant defamiliarization

veils something else entirely.

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The world simply isn’t real — it is totally navigable and for the most part stable (brains can be operated on with constancy and stop signs regularly do good work) but under definitive pressure one couldn’t really say that life is real — as “reality” is different from owl to owl and from lawyer to lawyer. For us, the understanding of this sort of circumstantial relativism of reality is where “art” and art-making has profound importance.

Art is like an extreme ambiguity that gives respite from the overbearing realities and certainties of others. Take the totally compelling, somewhat dark, somewhat humorous output of artist Martin Maeller — let one of his inky urns usher you somewhere random. Is the resultant place fact-based? Are these mascara-black Delphic vessels measuring cups to mete out moral volumes? No; they are welcomely and totally abstruse, dark, and witty.

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Amy Clampitt, The Sun Underfoot Among the Sundews, 1969
John Divola Exhibition at Office Baroque, 2020
Mike Kuchar, Sunlit Sorcery (Excerpt), 2022
Veronica Ryan Exhibition at Paula Cooper, 2022

Miguel Adrover, Fall/ Winter, 2012-13


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:

There is a basic, two-aspect scenario that we are deeply struggling with: the complexity of our interior meeting the complexity of the encountered environment. We know that humans are of the world so it isn’t like our interior isn’t subject to the same processes as most existing things, it’s just rather difficult to continually experience an interior plan never mapping over the world it encounters (we understand that there are just too many eddies of variables).

Specifically regarding “Interiors”: The formation of our motives is complex — that is, the reason(s) one likes a particular thing (or wants to get to a certain place) has shaping factors that include varied/incalculable environments and varied/incalculable “nurture” and “nature” influences. As well, the formation of motives exist in the past; origins, for the most part, are permanently hidden from view, thus we are often incapable of understanding them or explaining them to others.

Specifically regarding “Exteriors”: The formation of the environment transcends complexity — it cannot be predicted and it cannot really be understood. Just think of the atmospheric environs, the political environs, the financial environs, the bacterial environs, the tectonic environs, the parental environs, the environs of various historical understandings

A concrete example: The reasons why you are involved with your significant other is not at all identical to the reasons why that significant other is involved with you. In this way they are your exterior and you obviously are your interior. This awareness — when things aren’t going at all smoothly, is a sincere drag. Heavy confusion ensues…

We ask the oracle for some help here.

“…the Divine Mysteries secure their own protection from those who are unprepared.” 🤔 So yes, perhaps paradoxes and difficulties are only paradoxes and difficulties for those that deny (or are scared of) of the existence of paradoxes and difficulties. It is of course true that the world can ONLY be ill understood — but not understanding this fact or not expecting this will deliver unending pain.

Also, in a crisis of understanding don’t embroidered or decorate, just address it. Let the shape it takes be its shape — that will be your new arrival.

Lastly, if you know something to be good about yourself (like a sincere talent or the possession of a clear, incisive understanding) but the time isn’t congenial to this best self (or is even hostile to it) keep that light and talent inside — don’t waste it on deaf, dumb or malignant people. For uncongenial times go with the flow outwardly, but on the inside hone yourself and bide your time.

* * *

This week we pulled the Hermit. The arrival of this card signals that one’s lodestar, one’s guide, is most likely internal (rather than to be sought somewhere outside). This period take a good look at the path on which you stand and trace back, as far as possible, the reasons why you are traversing it. Then, a simple look ahead will mostly likely reveal what you are after (good or bad).

Our first hexagram this week is #22, Grace. Here we have an admonishment, something like: the aestheticizing of a task or situation should not be the fundamental preoccupation. Making something beautiful is a top form of communication and can be the reason why something is widely adopted — but in and of itself beautification is not the underlying cause. An example: if direct sunlight is preventing you from sitting on your patio getting a shade is the primary thing — decorating the area would be of secondary importance. There was one change this week, of which the specific note is: “…at the highest stage of development all ornament is discarded… Perfect grace consists not in exterior ornamentation of the substance, but in the simple fitness of its form.”

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #36, Darkening of the Light. “In a time of darkness it is essential to be cautious and reserved.” There are times when a darkness, a sort of malignant cloud, descends upon one’s journey. When this happens the best thing to do is maintain your “inner light” (your deepest intentions and talents) and wait for a more favorable circumstance to express them. So, in this interim period, don’t reveal your light but be “outwardly yielding and tractable” but DO secretly protect it and develop it!!



Jul 26 2022

Though discussions/opinions about technology, culture, politics, religion and/or philosophy abound — a particular foundational belief rarely gets clarified before anyone enters into them: does the person (or persons) speaking think that they are nature or does the person (or persons) speaking think that they are outside of nature?

Most people believe the latter, that humans have special status in the world.

We don’t particularly like this idea; to us humans are equal in standing to oaks and tardigrades. It is our understanding that the way a rocky outcropping or a dolphin forms is the same way a religious system or a system of traffic signs form, by a basic albeit psychologically cloaked morphogenetic process.

If you believe that all is nature, (that humans are just as much “nature” as anything else — and given no special status) — a few kindly notions get naturally pushed; a primary one being the tendency to see human behavior as caused rather than willed. This outlook inherently appeals to a neutralizing of populist hierarchies, general biasing and endless Hatfield/McCoy myth wars — and perhaps points towards a dignified, field-wide, integrative social structure.

But of course there is a tremendous amount of profit to be made from undignified fear-mongering and the degrading bolstering of factioned superiorities — whatever they may be.

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We harbor a pet notion that foregrounding random incidence is the height of art making — as to us it seems that this is generally the way life is experienced — that is, surprised and subsequently animated by the haphazard and arbitrariness created by a friction between reflection and expectation.

Absorbing ourself into the offerings of — an art and photo “outlet” and “research platform,” re-stimulated this sentiment. The curatorial approach seems wholly informed by a predilection for art that stimulates peculiarity rather than a reinforcement of presupposition.

As well, it is worth noting that it is really pleasing that each piece links out to other sites — as this is the most lovely (and most oft discouraged) possibility of the web — reinforcing the above idea, that you don’t learn much if you always know where you’re going.

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Charles Sangster, Evening Scene, 1856
Bas Wooldrik, Steven Aalders, in Search of Red, Yellow and Blue, 2020
Walter Van Beirendonck, Fall/ Winter, 1999-00
Stuart Heisler, I Died a Thousand Times, 1955

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Fase, Four Movements..., 2018


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:

An obstruction stands in your way. (It is worth noting that “obstruction” is different than something like a random eruption or shock — this is an obstacle that can be seen.)

Do not spend your energies trying to forcibly remove the barrier. Retreating or relinquishing has much dignity and much opportunity for learning — in fact one would not improve if they never withdrew to take stock.

99.999999...% of energies that swirl around us, within us and even animate us are more powerful than us. Working with them is the key. Perhaps take time this week to reflect on this notion.

(It is also worth noting that some people have an easier time accepting things than others — this week’s admonishment is particularly significant to those that have difficulty accepting fixed truths.)

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This week we pulled the Queen of Wands reversed. The suite of wands deals with Energy writ large: animation, passion, bravery, the vitality needed to start and pursue goals but also rage, jealousy and myopic focus. Queen cards represent the inward facing, self-knowing aspect of any suite. And reversals are not necessarily opposites but more like entrenched versions of a card’s meaning. So all together, there is indication that the way you are thinking about your vital energies is a bit overdetermined; that is, be careful this period of over-doing, over-participating, or over-controlling. Move through the fair simply looking at all that comes into your field of vision.

Our first hexagram this week is #63, After Completion. Personally this hexagram really speaks to us. It severely cautions against relaxing when a certain order has been reached. “Everything proceeds as if of its own accord, and this can all too easily tempt us to relax and let things take their course without troubling over details. Such indifference is the root of all evil.” We have this problem perpetually; we often treat goals like they are something that will take care of themselves after they are achieved — but this is very, very dumb. A goal should only exist to service a life responsibly and lovingly led, not something to vacation after. To paraphrase a notable phrase: the price of transformation is eternal vigilance… And yeah it will be tiring (that’s where personal management comes in)… There was one change this week, of which the specific note is: with dignity go against the crowd’s invariable tendency to overdetermine and overcorrect — a crowd doesn’t possess the ability to get things right, rather only to have great momentum — a crowd touches the world with concrete gloves — only individuals and small teams/groups touch situations with direct flesh.

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #39, Obstruction. “Here an individual is confronted by obstacles that cannot be overcome directly. In such a situation it is wise to pause in view of the danger and to retreat. However, this is merely a preparation for overcoming the obstructions. One must join forces with friends of like mind and put themself under the leadership of a person equal to the situation: then one will succeed in removing the obstacles. This requires the will to persevere just when one apparently must do something that leads away from their goal. This unswerving inner purpose brings good fortune in the end. An obstruction that lasts only for a time is useful for self–development. This is the value of adversity…” “Difficulties and obstructions throw a person back upon themself. While the inferior person seeks to put the blame on other persons, bewailing their fate, the superior person seeks the error within themself, and through this introspection the external obstacle becomes for them an occasion for inner enrichment and education.”



Jul 19 2022

When we knew our grandmother, on our father’s side, she was a wholly solitary woman. She lived alone in a tall, remote and fairly antiquated farmhouse. But in a previous time, long before we were born, she had been married to a dairy farmer and horse trader (our grandfather). For most of her adult life she cooked 3 meals a day for 6 dirty men. Our grandfather and his brothers were strange — they laughed and labored hard — but something gothic and disturbed lorded over their existence. The odd demeanor was visited squarely on our father and his brother; and there is clear unfortunate evidence within us as well.

From about the age of 3 up through around 12 we visited Grandma Sally every summer. There was no more farm, just a blackened dilapidated barn and acres of tall grass. A freight train ran through Sally’s back field. When it came through in daylight it was a joy to count the cars — when it rode through at night it was a grim procession of shadows moving across the ceiling. The latter of which we saw from our side of Sally’s bed; we always had to sleep in her bed when we stayed there. We hated it immensely.

At some point on our trip our father and Sally would sit down at her kitchen table with an old cookie tin. Within were clippings of obituaries of those that had died in the county, the year previous. These chats seemed annoyingly mystifying to our mother and pushed her out to the back porch with a cocktail.

One summer evening, probably about the age of 7 we were in Sally’s living room. We were standing, vacantly looking at the television in the far den, absently rocking an empty wooden rocking chair. Sally came in and sat on the adjacent sofa. In her quiet, inward-facing voice she said “You know you shouldn’t do that.” “Do what?” “Rock a rocking chair with no one in it.” We stopped moving. “When I was, about your age. I went to a summer fair. There was a fortune teller. I can’t remember anything she said except one thing, never to rock a rocking chair with no one in it — it brings in evil spirits.”

Of course we don’t generally go in for such loose and groundless admonishments, but in reflection, we are inclined to think it quite true.

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As designers we are mostly oblivious to our constant eradication of human irregularity — always masking the rough hand with true grids, sharp-edged fonts, and isolated/abstracted color. Of course it is easily forgiven/understood as our activity primarily deals with the general legibility of communication.

Nevertheless, it is nicest when imperfection is joined to graphic clarity — as it is with the student designed magazine “ABONO” (to be found as one of the projects on the site). We were just struck by the publication’s sincere feeling of “designing for design’s sake.” Lovely.

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Nancy Sullivan, An Edward Hopper Poem, 1960
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John M. Stahl, Leave Her to Heaven, 1945
DEEWEE TEEVEE, Episode 4, 2021
Leather Archives & Museum, Leather Fashion Show, 1991


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:

Basic binaries and balances are baloney — keeping things going in a healthy way is rather complex. Just think to a few basic life aspects: work, weekends, sex, self-care, relationships, past-selves, aspirational-selves, artistic expression, activism, high-energy periods, low-energy periods, ennui… these hardly even cover the scope of lived experience — good luck fitting them onto a balance scale or into a yin/yang type symbol. Existence simply doesn’t lend itself to minute parsing as it is more of a combination of eddies or constantly merging and repelling flocks of energies.

What to do then regarding the swinging from mood to mood to mood and from phase to phase to phase and from transition to transition to transition…?

Life for humans when done well is more about learning to have sensitive intelligent intuition, than it is about plonking down hard facts. “Sensitive intelligent intuition” is achieved by nurturing, encouragement and disciplined reinforcement.

As well, the central node of nurturing intelligence is powered by enthusiasm, like a primordial joy/love, not by tricks. What do you love? What gives you joy? Whatever it is (cleanliness of spirit, tennis, caring for others, expressing a thing very particularly like with sculpture or what have you) commitment to it and love of it will innately require discipline and exclusive focus to achieve — this is how love/joy organizes a varied surface (the unbalanced life) — it demands respect and focus. If you truly love something you wouldn’t want to be hungover when you’re doing it. If you truly love something you wouldn’t allow yourself to be to neurotic around it — you’d try to be lithe and calm.

Ultimately, always approach a desire for balance with modesty and respect not a fake it ’til you make it attitude.

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This week we pulled the Queen of Cups. The appearance of this card prompts one to think about emotional intuition, that is, the need to receive or administer supportive encouragement and reinforcement. This week consider how you or someone you know might need the loving and nurturing side of intelligence.

Our first hexagram this week is #7, The Army. “If justice and perseverance are the basis of action, all goes well.” “Without strict discipline nothing can be accomplished, but this discipline must not be achieved by force. It requires… an awakening of enthusiasm.” Here a metaphor of an “army” is used to show how to rally and congeal powerful forces into action (whether of the interior or the exterior). The advice centers around discipline, awakening shared enthusiasm(s), discipline and justice. Together these add up to something like true/deep love. As in, nothing substantial/worthwhile can ultimately come to pass without powerful, north-star-type love. We pretend our loves too often and thus lose touch with our joy(s) — all energies getting dispersed into tiring, petty battles. One should lead all of the parts of themself under the banner of that which is most important to them. There was one change in our hexagram of which the specific note is: unscrupulous people should never be given power or significant place in one’s life (even if they have been helpful) — unprincipled people are a disaster.

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #4, Youthful Folly. As we’ve mentioned before, whenever this hexagram comes up, we are always struck with the sincere basic truth it transmits regarding the successful scenario for accessing knowledge and experience. Obviously the main substance of the hexagram is a familiar proverb (enough even to be cliche: the student seeks the teacher) but the detailing of “modesty” and “no guarantees” is quite beautiful — as is speaks to a truth we’ve experienced: “…the youth… must be conscious of their lack of experience and must seek out the teacher. Without this modesty and this interest there is no guarantee that they will have the necessary receptivity, which should express itself in respectful acceptance of the teacher. This is the reason why the teacher must wait to be sought out instead of offering themself. Only thus can the instruction take place at the right time and in the right way.” Education is being patient (and modest) for a sincere question to meet a sincere answer.


Jul 12 2022

Trusted thoughts form a wall

            to keep unwanted thoughts out.

This is what we are,

            thoughts with a wall round.

The wall is only very slightly permeable,

            just enough to keep things fresh in feeling

but without any real novelty.

            Most seem to think their thoughts

are open, special and free wheeling,

            because somehow (?) thoughts excrete a sensation

of being open, special and free wheeling.

            But thoughts are consistent and always in the same spot,

which is the opposite of open, special and free wheeling.

            So, can one really trust thoughts

if thoughts have a consistent way of behaving,

            but feel otherwise?

To be sure we don’t find this a depressing query

            or at least we’re not sure we do

because we know knowing to be made of these untrustworthy thoughts.

            Neither happiness, depression, or any other sensation

is what we think them to be, not at all.

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All of us are the centers of our worlds, so as can be expected, self-referentiality is oft a subject of art. But it is not an easy thing to get right. Generally its employment is boring and cheap — as it’s easy to feel that one’s own thoughts directly transcribed will retain the same significance of centrality that they have in our heads. But centrality when de-centered is no longer central. When done right though, that is, when an artist can transubstantiate the personal into something like abstract remove, it can transcend the specificity of our general personhood — and truly reach the viewer — like with a Joseph Beuys or a Nan Goldin or here like with Ian Waelder.

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Denise Levertov, Everything that Acts Is Actual, 1949
Bram Bogart Exhibition at White Cube Mason's Yard, 2020
Robert Altman, That Cold Day in the Park, 1969
Morton Feldman, Piano and String Quartet, 1985
A.F. Vandevorst, Spring/ Summer, 1999


Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following:

We are, all of us, changing configurations… That is, changing configurations built from smaller changing configurations, residing in larger changing configurations. (We were trying to avoid simply saying: all is change…)

However it is phrased, all this change doesn’t make for an easy life.

This week we ask the oracle what is the recommended attitude for facing constant change (within and without)?

Most change involves a good deal of the unknown. Constant unknowing leads to fearful behavior (anxiety, neurosis, etc.). The first step to overcoming/befriending your fears/insecurities is admitting them.

Sharing your varied dreads with trusted/loving friends is the next step — doing this deflates worries and gives your overall sense of self durable dimension. DO NOT share your worries with undignified, untrustworthy, “fast” or shallow people — if you do, you will have more variables (and changes) to deal with, NOT LESS.

(To foster noble/proper friendships you must genuinely/lovingly encourage them unburden their own stresses with you — to lead is to serve.)

Lastly and perhaps most importantly (regarding a healthy comportment towards change) is to try earnestly to adapt to the time. An easy way to know what to adapt to, is to seek out that which has beautiful form, and THEN check if it is beautiful in substance as well. So, constantly seek to adapt to what is currently/relevantly solid in both beauty and substance — this should be your “lodestar.”

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This week we pulled the Strength card, reversed. What is the shadow of strength? Fear — fear, anxiety and all manner of neurosis. Pay special attention to your defining fears this week. What do you avoid because of fear? What do you amplify to camouflage your fears? There is much strength in admitting and outing your fears.

Our first hexagram this week is #17, Following. Herein lies a version of the deep/lovely aphorism: to lead is to serve. “If a person is to rule they must first learn to serve.” But there are much subsequent fertile modifiers to that main thrust: “If a person tries to obtain a following by force or cunning, by conspiracy or by creating factions, they invariably arouse resistance, which obstructs willing adherence… The thought of obtaining a following through adaptation to the demands of the time is a great and significant idea…” “No situation can become favorable until one is able to adapt to it and does not wear themself out with mistaken resistance.” There were four changes this week, of which the specific notes are: surround yourself only with people who are dignified, a reliable/solid following is not gained by setting-up a weaker group as a scapegoat or butt-of-the-joke, and “every person must have something they follow—something that serves as a lodestar.”

Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #22, Grace. Here we have a rather specific admonition regarding “grace” defined as: “beauty of form.” Though it states that the “beauty of form — is necessary in any union if it is to be well ordered and pleasing rather than disordered and chaotic” it adds that grace “is not the essential or fundamental thing; it is only the ornament and therefore to be used sparingly, in little things.” Ultimately saying “by contemplating the forms existing in the heavens we come to understand time and its changing demands. Through contemplation of the forms existing in human society it becomes possible to shape the world.” The sum point seems to be this: valuing beauty is fundamental in all endeavors, but thinking beauty to be the main or only thing to consider, can lead to catastrophe — a beautiful surface can mislead if other depth examinations aren’t appraised.