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Lucas Bernhardt – Four hexagrams from the I Ching tr

Lucas Bernhardt

Four hexagrams from the I Ching translated into cheerleading cheers.
The Xs denote hand claps.


#8 Pi/Holding Together (Union)

Water fills the empty plain.

U-N
X
I-O-N

Those uncertain slowly join.

U-N
X
I-O-N

Together we’ll have good fortune.

U-N
X
I-O-N

If you’ve got spirit, constancy,
perseverance, sublimity,
you won’t suffer any blame.

U-N
X
I-O-N

Come too late, find misfortune.

U-N
X
I-O-N

On earth the waters flow together.

U-N
X
I-O-N

Thus the kings in days of old
their different states and fiefs bestowed.

U-N
X
I-O-N

Ask the oracle again.

U-N
X
I-O-N!



#12 P’i/Standstill

Heaven X X
above X X
is moving far away.
The earth X X
below X X
is sinking, don’t you know.
Standstill X X
decline X X
autumn is setting in.
Heaven X X
and earth X X
are out of communion.
Below X X
above X X
all things are benumbed.
The weak X X
within X X
from their principles have turned.
The strong X X
within X X
fall back on their inner worth.
They hide X X
their worth
and withdraw from the world:
standstill!



#23 Po/Splitting Apart

The weak will undermine the strong
Split-ting apart X

The roof will shatter and collapse
Split-ting apart X

It will not further you to travel
Split-ting apart X

Inferior men crowd out the strong
Split-ting apart X

The quiet mountain stands its ground
Split-ting apart X

Be broad and great not tall and steep
Split-ting apart X

And found your rule upon the people
Split-ting apart X



#54 Kuei Mei/The Marrying Maiden

The marrying maiden says
affection is all-inclusive
X X X X X X X

Thunder up above the lake
that follows it in shimmering waves
X X X X X X X

Understand the transitory
in the light of eternity
X X X X X X X

Spontaneous affection is
the essence of relatedness
X X X X X X X

When you join a new family
you must behave reservedly
X X X X X X X

Supplanting matrons brings disorder
undertakings bring misfortune
X X X X X X X

Eldest son and youngest daughter
shimmering waves upon the water
X X X X X X X

Heaven and earth joined in union
is all of nature’s origin
X X X X X X X

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