Archetype 1: God


In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.

—Genesis 1:1–3

The Reading

The reading describes the awesome creative force that we call God. Nothing can be more creative than God, because God is the ground of all that is. This is a force that cannot be contained by space or time, because space and time are themselves only manifestations of its creativity.

The Hexagram


The hexagram consists of a doubling of the God trigram, resulting in six solid lines. These solid lines symbolize the divine power that is the ultimate creative, loving force. This is a hexagram of power, energy, and love. It represents the paternal.

The Archetype

There is a time...

  • To persevere, anticipating success.
  • To draw strength from the boundless and eternal power we call God.
  • To create great works that will last for generations.
  • To deliver on God’s promise of justice, peace, and love.

Now is that time.

Moving Lines

Moving Line in the First (Bottom) Position

A moving line in the bottom position indicates a creative force that is hidden and unrecognized but remains true to its calling. This is not the time to worry about how the world defines success. It is the time to listen to how Wisdom defines success. It is a time for patience and knowing that God’s work happens in God’s time. That time is coming.

Moving Line in the Second Position

A moving line in the second position indicates a new light dispelling the darkness. A wise one comes forth to offer guidance and help. The wise one seems powerless, but power is not always obvious. This one has the power of authority, recognized expertise, and great character. This is the power of faith. When one has faith the size of a mustard seed, mountains can be moved (Luke 17:6). This is the time to embrace the wise one.

Moving Line in the Third Position

A moving line in the third position indicates a new sphere of influence. Fame is increasing, and people come with hopeful hearts. But Ego is fed by the popular adoration, ambition, and desire for power. One must not be seduced by Ego. One must remain centered, focused, and attentive to Wisdom. Great things are going to be accomplished. Do not worry. Do not be sidetracked.

Moving Line in the Fourth Position

A moving line in the fourth position points to a divergence. A choice is being offered. One may choose to emerge and become a hero, or one may choose to withdraw and become holy. Either could be the right choice. The right decision will be reached by listening attentively to the voice of Wisdom.


Moving Line in the Fifth Position

A moving line in the fifth position indicates one who has taken on the light of God. The holy one’s influence spreads throughout the world and blesses all whose presence it graces.

Moving Line in the Sixth (Top) Position

A moving line in the top position warns how easy it is to lose touch with humanity. Ego calls: “You are chosen, you are the one, you can do anything!” But listening to Ego can only lead to isolation, failure, and destruction. Listen to Wisdom, who will show what can be accomplished within the limitations of your abilities and power.

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Reproduced with permission from Wisdom's Way; The Christian I Ching copyright (c) 2015 Roger Sessions.