Hexagram 11: Re-Org
The new emperor enters the castle -- his ministers run around in great confusion.
The new emperor replaces the old and vows to shake things up. The ministers are afraid, for their positions are uncertain and the future unsure. The Wise One knows that confusion is not progress. After the dust settles, work must still be done.
- Line 6 -- From the throne, the empire appears to be made of gold. Ministers bow low before the emperor and he is pleased. Darkness lurks in the hallways.
- Line 5 -- The emperor establishes his rule. Change moves through the castle like a strong wind, his edicts echo like thunder. Ministers vie for his favors.
- Line 4 -- Few are called to serve in the court. It falls on them to rule the empire according to the emperor's wishes. If his vision is clouded, misfortune follows.
- Line 3 -- The messengers outside the castle receive new orders. Bridges burn and confusion reigns. The emperor's wishes fail to inspire the people, like a withering wind from the desert. The messenger winks at small indiscretions.
- Line 2 -- What shines like gold on the mountain top becomes tarnished near the shore. The messenger must choose between lighting a fire to keep his servents warm and abandoning them to the waters. The wise messenger sees peril in believing thrones are more important.
- Line 1 -- Emperors come and emperors go, but the work must still be done. The Wise One may not know his new rulers, but he knows his job. He bends like a willow in the winds of change and smiles quietly at the spectacle above him. He finds contentment in code, not thrones.