The magic turtle of hexagram 27

Hex.27, jaws

Hexagram 27 is about sustenance. The food you need, both physically and spiritually, but also all those things you need in order to stay alive and healthy. They can be 'things', but also intangible stuff like joy or motivation. You have to fight for all those things, because you are the one who is responsible for your own life. But you also have a responsibility for the lives of those you are connected with. Nobody is an island.

The bottom line of 27 says: "The magic turtle abandons you and you contemplate me moving jaws. Pitfall."

A hexagram pair has lines which have some connection. They are each other upside-down, so the bottom line of the first has a connection with the top line of the second and so on. But when you turn 27 upside-down, you get 27... And that means that the bottom- and top line of 27 are connected.

The top line of 27 says "The source of jaws: danger. Auspicious. Fruitful to wade the great stream."

Where can you find your magic turtle? In your spirit, your mind, your feelings. The bottom line is close to the earth. Your feet, impulses, the strength to act, nothing very spiritual. You have to look for it high up in your mind, or maybe even beyond that. The tortoise is 'magic', not tangible, like thoughts and inspiration are 'magic'. Invisible and yet very powerful.

When you turn 27 upside down, the bottom line moves to the top. And there you find the answer for the whereabouts of your motivation. Your mind or spirit or feelings are the home of magic.
Fruitful to cross the great stream - new impressions, people or landscapes are a great help in finding inspiration.

Turtles live in the water, but the magical ones can ascend to the moon, which is also connected with water. It is the element of your feelings, which is also the home of motivation and inspiration.

Shenshu poem 053 The moon-toad
You have to put forth effort
Not travel far
With a long rod you fish in the cave of the moon-toad 
With dedicated desire you catch the giant turtle Áo in the center of the clouds

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