It's been a while since I last consulted the oracle. With all the turmoil in stock and credit markets the time is now right. I asked: how bad will the economic crisis be? And the I Ching answered that it could be bad, very bad. But it said more than that, too. In a sense, it redefined my question - or answered a somewhat different question than the one I had asked. The response had more to do with what was happening at the moment, rather than how bad things might get.
The primary hexagram the came forth was, "Youthful Folly," which may be an apt description of how we have come to find ourselves in the mess we are in. When we consider the moving lines, the I Ching suggests that circumstances are trending toward "Opposition," another clear element of the current political situation. Below the jump I will analyze all this, but let me just say here that the I Ching has again come up with an analysis striking in its applicability.