1. The Creative- "Close to the Sun"

"Close to the Sun" by Cotton Mather The Creative is the gateway to the I Ching, and according to Confucius, the key to understanding all the subsequent readings. The hexagram is formed by doubling the figure of "Qian" translated "Heaven" and consists of all yang lines. It represents the ultimate condition of yang, which we associate with sun, the heavens, or the male archetype. And in the same manner, Hexagram 2. Kun, The Receptive, is created by doubling the figure of "Earth" to create the ultimate condition yin, which we associate with the moon, the earth, or the female archetype. The most powerful manifestation of yang isn't strength or power. It's creation. The hexagram explores how and when one is in or out of sync with the way of heaven, by correctly or incorrectly emulating the "nature of nature". And in the fifth changing line, which most successfully exemplifies the condition of the creative, the I Ching explains that in order to create the new, take action, establish collective harmony, or even overthrow tyranny, one needs wise leadership and a community of worthy helpers. One can use the power of the creative to create or destroy.

 

 

Close to the Sun 

High inside the mansion of the ancients 

Blind to all the mysteries of creation 

We were ensconced in a parlor where the statuary dons 

Wedding gowns from a slumber, next to the wonder, backs to the thunder 

And close to the sun 

I want you my love but I feel destined for a different sort of medicine 

I've got to transcribe what's inside into these cylinders of Edison 

Faces pressed against the window 

Where we feel the warmth of love 

Waking up from a slumber, next to the wonder, backs to the thunder 

And close to the sun 

I'm close to the sun, close to the sun 

I want to rise above the pyramids cause I just can't see enough 

I would try to say I love you girl but you'd miss that trendy stuff 

We were ensconced in a parlor where the statuary dons 

Wedding gowns from a slumber, next to the wonder, backs to the thunder 

And close to the sun

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