Today was World Blood Donor Day, but I’m sure the World Health Organization would be happy if they got more than one day out of the year to spread the word about the need for more blood donors. I had seen something on the local news about a critical shortage, and then I got an email from the Red Cross about scheduling an appointment. I had not given blood in a few years, and took this as a nudge from the universe to step up. It was quick, it was painless, and I didn’t even need an appointment. (Your mileage may vary, as they say.) I got some yummy cookies too, so I want to thank Keebler for providing snacks.
Going into the experience, I was expecting to come out the other side with a wonderful little nugget to write tonight. I even figured I could give it a snappy title like “Blood Draw” (to echo my earlier “Gun Draw” entry), but it was all so uneventful that I’m reduced to rambling about cookies. Maybe I’ll let it simmer in the back of my mind for a while longer and get a future fiction sprint out of it.
The real problem is that I have too much else on my mind this week. I’ve been looking at my financial situation and wondering in which direction to take my next career move. I’ve tried to assess my skills and interests, but they do not really align well with the job search tools I’ve been using. Perhaps I should be seeking the advice of a guidance counselor. Instead, I am asking the I Ching for insights. To hedge my bets, I’m comparing three different online oracles. If this stuff is valid, I should get similar results, right?
To be fair to the method, I asked the exact same question of all three. One displayed coins to throw for my reading, so where I was given a choice on another site I also chose coins (rather than yarrow sticks). My question surrounds the choice I face between two different kinds of work, and I phrased it in a general and symbolic way.
The first oracle gave me the hexagram for ENTHUSIASM. While this does not immediately tell me which kind of job I should be applying for, it does suggest that I should choose the path for which I have the most passion. One path is familiar territory for me, while the other is something I think I would be good at but have never tried. Would I be more enthusiastic for a new opportunity, or would I be fraught with fear of failure? For this reading, the imagery was of thunder and chanting, and told me to use instinct over intellect. It gave me no “changing lines” to project an outcome for either choice.
The second oracle gave me a different hexagram and two different answers, because this time I did throw lines of change. In the present, it told me, my advantage is in remaining patient and solitary, waiting for the situation to evolve. In the future, it said, change will bring both fear and smiles. Again the imagery mentioned thunder, and told me not to be startled by it. Bottom line: change is good.
The last oracle probably sensed that I was testing the universe, and so it gave me CONFLICT. The language on the third website was harder for me to parse. I could make the case that it was telling me that a little caution at first is fine, but too much hesitation will be a hindrance. This could also be encouraging me to accept a new path without resistance, if it is resistance which is stopping me now.
I went ahead and answered three different job ads this week. It’s probably too soon to expect a response. It’s making me woozy just thinking about the possibilities. I must remember to breathe. After all, I’m down one pint of red blood cells now.