I-Ching Study of the USA:  April 19 – 24, 2020

Drawing by Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee

Insight from the I Ching Reading of the USA

The text focuses on the Leader of the Country – Our President:

It states that the main hindrance for the USA

is the standard by which the President appoints people:

appointing people by favoritism 

rather than by merit and ability.  

The text further states that the worst thing 

is for the President to appoint petty persons and to accept their slander.

The focal line for this period suggests

that the USA can get through this time of hindrance.


Much depends upon the President and his attitude. 

I Ching:  Gua 12, Line 2:  Hindrance. 
This gua appears  for April 19 – 24, and again Nov 26 – Dec 1, 2020.
This is from the I Ching Astrological Study of the Progressed Birth Chart of the United States of America, Winter Solstice 2019 – Winter Solstice 2020, prepared by Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee.


A study of the progressions in “I ching Astrology” for the USA for April 13 – April 19, 2020 suggests that during these days there may be a push by one in high position “to open up the border regions of the country,” which will need the support of the people.

The I Ching advises that to achieve this, the Leader (i.e. the President) “needs an attitude of truthfulness and sincerity; 
otherwise people will not lend support.”
Furthermore, the Leader needs “to cultivate virtue, build-up character,  accumulate knowledge and experience, 
and work hard to establish credibility.”
Additionally, there is the image one in a high level of Priesthood 
presenting offerings with faithfulness and sincerity to the Lord of Heaven. 
Gua 46  Growing Upward / Pushing Forward, Line 4
The Complete I Ching: The Definitive Translation, by Taoist Master Alfred Huang 
at this point in time,
there is a warning.
The I Ching warns that healthy growth may be in trouble,
due to the ignorance and immaturity of the Leader.
The image is presented of 
“stopping in perplexity on the brink of a dangerous abyss” —
there is uncertainty about which way to go.
A requirement is presented:
The one standing in this position must:
be “conscious of his lack of experience” 
and of his need to seek guidance from a teacher – 
from an expert in the field.
“Without this modesty and this interest
there is no guarantee that he has the receptivity,”
to allow himself to be respectful 
and show acceptance to the expert
and to what the expert has to share.
Furthermore, it is stated that this is why 
the expert cannot not go uninvited to him;  
The Expert / Teacher “must wait to be sought out 
instead of offering himself” to the Leader.
But — if the Leader seeks his service — the expert / teacher 
in the right time and right place, 
needs to
 be “clear and definite” in his guidance, 
resolve doubts 
and provide a basis for the decision to be made.
If the Leader — the one needing this guidance — 
continues “mistrustful or unintelligent questioning” [of the Expert / Teacher],
it will serve only to “annoy”,
and is the Expert is advised to stay silent and 
to not engage in further conversation with the Leader.
The progression concludes:
At this point in time, the Leader is in a state,
referred to as “Youthful Folly” which is a “most hopeless thing”.
 If The Leader “entangles himself in hopeless imaginings” 
and if he “more obstinately . . . clings to such unreal fantasies”,
then, “the more certainly will humiliation overtake him.”
Gua 4  Youthful Folly, Line 4
The I Ching Book or Book of Changes, Richard Wilhelm Translation
This is from the I Ching Astrological Study of the Progressed Birth Chart of the United States of America, Winter Solstice 2019 – Winter Solstice 2020, prepared by Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee.
Posted:  April 13, 2020


Standing Strong, Day by Day


April 7 – April 12, 2020

As we find ourselves in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, we find ourselves in a time of great change on so many levels.  It seems appropriate to turn to the The Book of Change, The I Ching.  The I Ching is considered to be perhaps the oldest of the existing sacred texts.  It is a Book of Wisdom.  For reference, the text from which I work is The Complete I Ching by Taoist Master Alfred Huang.
So today, I am launching a daily post reflecting on those teachings as they apply to the day and time for all of us, especially those in the United States.
Let us begin today, with  “18  Gu  Remedying”Line 3.
As the text begins we are reminded that when we just follow along with others, without thought of our journey, we may fall into patterns of living which often are not the best for us.  At such times, it is recommended that “one should turn over a new leaf and make a fresh start.”   As we reference this gua in terms of the times in which we are now living, it becomes quite significant.
The text presents of the image of being in a time when things have been neglected for a long time. 
It is a “situation of ruin and decay”
with a “need for remedying and innovating.”  
That certainly describes the situation in which we find ourselves with this pandemic. 
The text states: 
“The world will be regulated in good order. 
It is time to go forward and do something . . .” 
At this time we are in the midst of medical science  working very hard to find solutions to this massive problem.  And we are asked to do our part in changing our living patterns, by staying at home, allowing healing to happen — by not “stirring the pot” by congregating and further spreading this virus.
The text states that this is the meaning of
“turning over a new leaf and making a fresh start.” 
This is the process of Remedying.
We are advised by this Sacred Text,
that there is a
“proper attitude to adopt in remedying a difficult situation.” 
The ancient sages believed that no matter how difficult a situation was, there was always a way to work it out. 
“The attitude of the one who deals with the matter
is vitally important. 
Before starting, he should fully plan;
after finishing, he must deeply reflect. 
During the course of action
he should neither act  with undue haste
nor continue in the same old rut
and be content with temporary success. 
Otherwise regret will come.”
As we look at the current day, this raises the question if some of our leadership are trying to act with undue haste to push us back to the old way of living, claiming what may prove to be a temporary success? 
Our scientists certainly are saying that we need to continue this “time apart” — not go back to the old way of gathering in groups — they see this as a temporary success which can falter if gatherings occur.

I Ching, Line 3, April 7 – April 12, 2020, in the USA Chart: 

The temperament of this time, using the astrology of the I Ching, is as follows:

. . . there is an overly strong character. 
“With this kind of character, in dealing with the remedy . . . it would be difficult to avoid impetuosity.  There will be regret.”  
Is this suggesting that if our Leader / President / Clergy — is impetuous and encourages to go back to the old way — to go back to “being normal” — to go back to gathering in groups — that this will ultimately lead to regret?
This is a time for having resolve, for standing strong, day by day.  
Be Well.  Stay Well. 
Hear what the medical scientists say.
Posted:  April 11, 2020
Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee