The I Ching doesn’t answer “yes or no” questions directly, but usually describes a pattern of thinking. So I asked the I Ching two questions. The first question was “Will Trump Win the 2020 Presidential Election?” I received hexagram 11 (Peace) with the second, fourth and fifth lines changing. The new hexagram is #49 (Revolution).
The second question was “Will Biden Win the 2020 Presidential Election?” I received hexagram #12 (Standstill) with the first line changing. The next hexagram is #25 (The Unexpected).
Peace and Standstill exact opposites of one another. As you can see, in Peace three unbroken lines are on the bottom and three broken lines are at the top; in Standstill, the three broken lines are on the bottom and the three unbroken lines are at the top. The I Ching seems to be impatiently saying, “You already asked that question. Of course Trump and Biden will get opposite hexagrams. They’re competing for the same job!” These patterns repeat again and again, not only in the I Ching but in the Tarot and other oracles. But on to the interpretation!
The I Ching seems to be a Trump supporter. Peace is one of the best hexagrams, and Standstill is one of the worst. But as always, the devil is in the details. The first detail is that the I Ching is an ancient oracle, about 3500 years old, from a time of kings who claimed to be descendants of the gods. The I Ching doesn’t understand our modern custom of elections. John Michael Greer at Ecosophia.net has similar comments about astrological charts for countries; the astrological tradition understands kings and epidemics but elections are too new for the tradition to incorporate.
The Peace hexagram can be summed up by saying that peace is achieved when the strong put themselves at the service of the week, with the warning that times of peace are unnatural and fleeting. The changing lines emphasize how much Trump honors the weak. One line mentions “bearing with the uncultured in gentleness.” Another says, “High rank comes close to low rank.” Trump has consistently favored both the working class and the capitalists. His tax cut clearly favored capitalists, and his immigration policy favors the existing working class by limiting competitors for their jobs.
The changing fifth line represents the ruler, and the text for it is revealing. It says even the emperor’s daughters are required to obey their husbands during a time of peace. To the I Ching, this is the greatest absurdity. The world of the I Ching is one where the powerful rule unapologetically. An emperor’s daughter will always be more powerful than their husband, and in any sensible world, these daughters will order their husbands around. Only in the upside-down world of peace would an emperor tell his daughters to obey their husbands. To the I Ching, this unnatural world must change to the more natural world of power taking all.
To the I Ching, an lost election in an inconceivable thing; the emperor is too powerful to care about what the people think. It’s closest analogy to an lost election is a revolution. (That’s why Trump was ranting a few days ago that Biden and the other Democrats were planning a coup. Emperors don’t do elections.)
Standstill, being the opposite of Peace, is a time when the strong place themselves above the weak and ignore them. Nothing useful can happen. The only changing line is the first, representing a peasant, in which a man with blocked ambitions goes back to his family farm in retirement. It indicates Biden, who came out of retirement, looking rather frail. The I Ching gives him little hope, except that the Unexpected hexagram means that a petitioner can reasonably hope for a miracle, as long as his intentions remain pure and he doesn’t sully himself with base politics. Biden has played that part to perfection, being careful not to relay on the support of specific factions, but pointing continually to Trump’s failures. Most people hardly know what’s in Biden’s platform, because Biden is playing the common man to Trump’s imperial friend of the common man.
This is a complicated reading, where I have to work around the I Ching’s potential weaknesses as a guide, which makes me wonder if I’m twisting the I Ching’s evident meaning to fit my anti-Trump beliefs.
My job is to give a clear answer, so I’ll give one. The I Ching commends Trump for his consideration of the common man, but says that he’ll lose. There may be significant violence surrounding the election.
Yet I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve misinterpreted everything.