I Ching



Earth above

Sky below

Reversals are good

Like sound from a bow

Above the violin’s bridge

Music rains upward

Spreads across the universe

Gently multiplying

Wrapping itself around the many

What say the Ancients

Designers of the I Ching

A time of peace may weaken resolve

At the Center of things

Change is necessary

The Tarot calls #11 Justice

Eyes closed

The Drom ek Romani calls #11 Chachimos

Eyes wide opened

All three warn against the belief

That good fortune lasts forever

But always remember


Will not completely abandon

Those whose inner abundance

Remains superior

To the workings of fate…


© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Chachimos altered art from my Drom Ek Romani




Box of mystery

Found half under the bed

Swollen with humidity

Slid the lid with effort

Crystal number nine

Prismed from fake light

At first I smiled

Thinking of John Lennon

Intoning “Number Nine Dream”

But then hesitated

What can it mean?


The Tao Te Ching says:

“To retreat after a job well done

Is heaven’s way”

Did you leave?

Was I your well-done job?

The I Ching says:

“Small influences

In a receding tide”

How similar the two are

No doubt now

You are gone

One last chance

The Tarot says:

“Nine is the Hermit

Only alone can one seek

The answer”

No!  I know the question

Only with you could I find the answer


To hide the staring emptiness

I flick the light to dark

Left-handed waning crescent

Barely illuminating

Our once moon-struck bedroom

Safe starship buoyantly braving

The fourth dimension

But time’s clock stopped at nine

And now you are gone…


© Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)




(The Wanderer: Lu)


“Success through smallness.
Perseverance brings good fortune
To the wanderer


Ah, the urge to seek knowledge

To travel, once again

Life is leaping into an adventure

Risky, yet rewarding


From the burning city asphalt

To the planet’s desert core

To swampy, humid muck

Finishing in finest, thin-spun mountain air


How I enjoy daring myself

Blaming it on the tossed coins

As I smile in anticipation

For age is a mindset

Until the body catches up

But there is still time…


© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE & JUDGMENT: I Ching Online


coin from my boot 1

Haven’t tossed coins

To read the I Ching

In many years

Don’t know what happened

To my three Chinese coins

Bought for the purpose

From a coin convention

Pre-Ebay days

When it was the only way

To buy unusual things


Today I took my slouch boots

Off the shelf

Wear them four times a day

To work out on the elliptical

And my new treadmill

What was that in my boot?

When the work-out song ended

Hopped off and dumped the boot

Half expecting a gecko or worse,

A palmetto bug

(Oh, please, let it not be the flying kind)

Old Chinese coin tumbled onto the

Plywood floor of the exercise yurt


Well, markings not as good as entrails

And only one coin would not make a

Decent hexagram

So googled it in images

Temporarily ignoring the meaning

Of it being in my boot for no reason

Since I had worn the boot 3 hours previously



Identified it and learned all sorts of trivia

A beloved pastime for me

The characters determine the dynasty—year—

The coin was minted

And because it was from a 60-year dynasty

It had the powers of a charm

Sixty years of a dynasty represent longevity

Very good luck

But also a pledge of love

And the coin

Could be worn like an engagement ring


Ah, love…nothing gets me looping like love

I laugh at my OCD and largely ignore it

So I put the coin into my gris-gris bag

And immediately forgot about it?

No, immediately obsessed some more

How did it get there?

Impossible to have fallen from somewhere

What could it mean?



Why oh why am I not talented enough

To figure things out for myself

I can do it for others

But never for myself

Somehow I know this is important


Well, only one thing to do:

Fire up my kindle and ask the

I Ching app for help:


Sky above fire below (fellowship)

Sky above thunder below (innocence)


Seems like I have to stay in touch with

Community for fellowship purposes

Almost impossible since retiring

I have no desire to be around people

Just nature and dogs

Seems like I have a pure heart but

Must work at retaining it

Ah, so much for the question of love


This is an appropriate guidance for


International Day of Peace Month

I’m somewhat disappointed

Because although I’m aging

I still await my prince charming

Even if he is old and gray

Where is the personal meaning

I mean, could some guardian angel

If there be guardian angels out there

Toss that coin in my boot

To give me hope

That life has more in store for me?


Well, perhaps not, but

I will try to remember to

Continue good thoughts toward

The world community

And recall that all we need is love…

© 2015 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)