Hexagram #19 ䷒ Overseeing

Overseeing is creative and developmental, beneficial if correct. In the eighth month there is misfortune.

EXPLANATION: Overseeing is watching over. As for the qualities of the hexagram, above is Earth ☷, following, and below is Lake ☱, joyful: joyfully following truth, acting in accord with that joy, it is therefore called Overseeing.

This hexagram represents watching over the furnace, culling the elixir. Once yang energy has been restored, it becomes increasingly manifest, gradually expanding; at this point you watch over the furnace and get to work, fostering yang and repressing yin. Then yang energy grows and yin energy wanes; this is why Overseeing has creativity and development. Creativity is the first return of one yang; development is the increase and rise of the second yang. Watching over the furnace and getting to work, one culls — these two yangs. But even though the two yangs are growing, yin energy is still abundant and yang energy is still weak; it is necessary to be careful to ward off danger. Don't be negligent, but don't be eager either. Otherwise, if one does not know when the medicinal substances are too dense or too feeble, and does not understand when to intensify the work and when to relax it, but starts out impatiently, eager for quick success, then the medicinal substances will not be genuine and the firing process will not be correctly tuned; those who spurt ahead quickly will fall back rapidly. What will happen then is that once the two yangs have grown smoothly they will soon dissipate — the positive energy that has developed will disperse — and overseeing will turn into observing (next hexagram); in the eighth month there is misfortune.

If one's effort is not correct, it will not bear fruit; if it doesn't bear fruit, what is begun will not develop — one loses what one has gained, and the great affair is gone. Therefore the path of overseeing requires harmonious accord with the time; it is important not to miss in the firing process.

1st yang: Sensitve Overseeing leads to good results when correct.

EXPLANATION: In the beginning of watching over the furnace, when yang energy has just arisen, and one can handle it firmly, and the one thought is pure and true, and when there is any sensing one watches over it — one senses correctly and is not influenced by aberration; as long as it is correct, it is good. This is overseeing being careful in the beginning.

The Top line: Attentive overseeing is good and blameless.

At the end of overseeing, from striving entering into nonstriving, returning to pristine purity, totally good, without evil, there is nothing one is not aware of, nothing one doesn't know; following the laws of God, this is called attentive overseeing. When overseeing reaches ultimate attention, it is at peace with suchness as is; neither being nor nonbeing can be established, others and self are void of absoluteness, and the original face becomes completely manifest. This is overseeing that completes the beginning and completes the end, auspicious and impeccable. This is really a guide to the firing process as one watches over the furnace; if students study and find out the facts in the hexagram overseeing, then they can grasp most of the process of firing the gold elixir. -- Liu Yiming (The Taoist I Ching)

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The hexagram 19 Overseeing

On the left the Liushutong character, in the middle another ancient shape and on the right the present shape of the character
for Hexagram #19 Overseeing.

Tarot card XII, the Hanged man
The mind of Tao is upside down, which means it is not acting. Twelve branches, symbolizing the twelve sovereign hexagrams, the inhalation and exhaltion of the six breaths of the firing process, are not bearing fruit.

A Pharao and Amun, temple of Karnak,
Luxor, Egypt