Thunder Question Assignment


Assignment: How does the trigram describe a situation; a cause (origin, root); a person?  How does it tell you what to do? What does it tell about how to do something?

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Trigram Thunder by Adele Aldridge

“Thunder would fight, ferociously. It would never run away. It would rather give all it has in one last exploding effort.” –Harmen Mesker


All day I had been stressing about the situation at my job, and so I decided to spend the evening relaxing with friends. I went out in the garden of my artist friend. It is a magical place, especially in springtime with all of the new growth. It was twilight and the sky was grey with looming clouds. There was a refreshing breeze relieving the warm, humid air. Thunder rumbled long and low. I ducked under an archway covered in vines. I thought of thunder in the Yi. I thought of the thunder that followed the lightning that comes when I think of, …when, oh, scary, I won’t think about that now. The thunder subsides. I smile. I peer out at the clouds for signs of lightening. I continue on the garden path. There is a lovely old religious icon, Mother Mary, clothed in blue and white. She wears a sacred heart around her neck. She stands about two feet tall on a pedestal. There are shells surrounding her feet. At the foot of the pedestal is a figurine of two frogs hugging. The whole tableau is encircled by plants with a reddish color amidst the large, green leaves. As I contemplate Mary and the frogs of the Earth, thinking of my story and my study of the Yi, I consider the elements of the trigrams present here and now. I look just 13466529_1028264877221628_2277214813664377104_nbeyond Mary to the left. Climbing up the wire fence behind her is a bronze turtle, the size of a platter, with six sparkling stones on his back. I got chills. Just then, the thunder roars and rumbles. I flinch and duck in automatic response. As the thunder passes to a low rumble and then quiet, I laugh out loud. I am amazed at the beauty and resonance. I tell my friend later that I had a religious experience in her garden.

A situation of thunder is one that brings a rumbling, shaking things up. There is a promise of spring which brings new growth. It is frightening at first. Afterwards there is a release.


Thunder might be the cause of coming into a situation all sound and fury. It’s all good if that is what is called for in a situation. Thunder causes movement and growth in a startling way. Something that is alarming causes people to act in a certain way. Restlessness and a desire for something new could be a cause or origin of a situation. Being frightened by something startling could be a cause for all sorts of actions.

 “It can also mean that a sudden unexpected change caused the current situation.”  – Harmen Mesker


I am thunder, ready to give it all I have in a moment of truth. I am alert and moving. There is power that comes from below and moves through me in a burst of sound that shakes things up. I arouse, excite, and inspire new perspectives.

“This is all true, however I would like you to describe another  person. Like, “a Thunder person is someone who is easily excited or angered, is able to make quick and intuitive decisions, is decisive yet reckless and inconsiderate” etc.” –Harmen Mesker

What to do

Go in in with power and authority to get things moving. Issue forth. Cause a stir, especially one followed by release and growth.


Take action.  Heavy work. Fertilize the situation. Take charge. Rise up.

Describe how an action should be done: quick, without thinking (about consequences), with a *bang*, with one irreversible effort that causes a complete change of events etc. –Harmen Mesker