What are trigrams all about?
This is an excerpt from 2010.
Traditionally, Thunder (in the I Ching trigram system) is depicted as something startling and terrible happening.
Descriptions of Thunder in the I Ching (hexagrams 16 & 24) make reference to music and drumming, and this links it to timing or rhythm. According to the Family Style Bagua, it is the yang, initiating, and vital phase of the yang journey, and most closely associated with “pure” or “true” yang. Therefore it could also be found in change, a surprise, a joke, an itch, or a sneeze.
Thunder represents the NOW.
I used to think thunder meant something intimidating, like “Buy 100 shares of IBM stock!,” but now “the Arousing” represents something much more innocent to me; it means waking up to the moment.
In contrast to the holistic trend over time illustrated by the Wind/Wood trigram, Thunder represents the emergence of focused awareness on the current moment, also known as “the time.” The identity of thunder changes with each moment.
Sade sang “Its never as good as the first time!” and this describes the identity of Thunder well.
I find the challenge is to not get stuck in some moment or fantasy other than now. I have to refrain from trying to prescribe or control the moment; too often I take action that is prescribed by a reality other than the current reality!
Gone wrong, Thunder manifests as impulsivity. I can barely stand to stay in the moment, and have to DO SOMETHINGANYTHING, even if it is the wrong thing!
Many of us spend time trying to reproduce that happy moment in the past, getting into all kinds of trouble trying to relive it. It seems true that “it’s never as good as the first time!” What a blessing to realize that this encounter has no comparison, because it IS the first time.
Stop trying to make things happen. Enthusiastically pursue what is. Perfected, the thunder experience can become manifestation and co-creation as we participate fully in the moment, aligning our will with that of the Tao.