Ides of March walk 2013

Occupy Walk @ Joshua Tree March 9, 10, 11 Southern California General Assembly

Occupy Walk USA at Joshua Tree

#occupywalk — the adventure begins:

Come to Joshua Tree this coming weekend to see what it’s about.

Day 20, 21 Joshua Tree Outreach

March 9, 10, 11, 2012



Check out Joshua Tree National Park

For a first-time visitor the desert may appear bleak and drab. Viewed from the road, the desert only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals. A rich cultural history and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place.

Two deserts, two large ecosystems whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation, come together at Joshua Tree National Park. Below 3,000 feet, the Colorado Desert encompasses the eastern part of the park and features natural gardens of creosote bush, ocotillo, and cholla cactus. The higher, moister, and slightly cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua tree. In addition to Joshua tree forests, the western part of the park also includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts. Five fan palm oases also dot
the park, indicating those few areas where water occurs naturally and wildlife abounds.

Hexagram 45, Gathering

Key Questions

What is asked of you?
What are you investing in?


‘Gathering, creating success.
The king enters his temple.
Fruitful to see great people, creating success.
Constancy bears fruit.
Using great sacrificial animals: good fortune.
Fruitful to have a direction to go.’

The old character in Chinese for ‘Gathering’ shows people gathered like grass, or perhaps gathered to bring in the harvest: they have a shared identity, and invest together for a purpose, looking for what will bear fruit. Sometimes this is an external gathering, sometimes an internal one – collecting yourself and integrating your many roles and strengths, getting yourself together. Many people, roles, energies and issues are concentrated in this single focal point.

The king enters his temple to connect his people with the ancestral spirits. This is a time to strengthen shared roots, and understand mundane daily activities as part of a larger story and identity that gives them meaning.With this connection made, it is time to see great people. Originally this might have meant consulting with diviners, to make sure your offerings were in harmony with the spirits of nature. Seeing “great people” (whether in the flesh or with your inner vision) gives you longer- term guidance to align your efforts with your purpose. Then a steady persistence will bear fruit. And you are making great efforts – and an act of faith – investing the best you have in this gathering. You need those good, deep roots, and clear-sighted guidance, and you need to know where you are going with it all.


‘Lake higher than the earth: Gathering.
A noble one sets aside weapons and tools, and warns against the unexpected.’

We should be careful not to let anything get out of hand and we should try to foresee possible misfortune in advance.

Joshua Tree map

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March 7, 2012 - Posted by | General Assembly, Occupy Walk News, Preparation, Walking Blog

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