Trains of the Union Pacific run from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean.
Magellen named the ocean ‘Mar Pacifico’ after emerging from the stormy and difficult-to-navigate straits that now bear his name. The commander must have ‘prayed that the waters might always be as peaceful as they were that morning, and named the Ocean in hope, not knowledge.’ Speculating into the unknown, Magellen relied, as Columbus did, on the 1508 edition of the world map by Ptolemy, who estimated the circumference of the Earth to be 30% smaller than it is.
Methods of divination from the I-Ching such as throwing coins or interpreting turtle shell cracks find a balance within the physicality of display, each reading is individual, yet as a whole, outputs follow probabilities.
Investive nature of the ‘Union/ Holding Together’ hexagram, a place rewarding those who mutually invest. Linked to the term ‘Credit Union,’ the idea of equanimity, a member-owned structure. Friendships corralled and protected by a mutual investment composition. Last line of ‘Union’ hexagram, speaking of the importance of integrity in a leader, combined with the time-critical nature of this union, ‘If Bi [Closeness] had no proper beginning, it would result in misfortune here at the end.’
As a commander, Magellan adopted the bold style favored in Portuguese seafaring culture: his fearlessness and focus were unrelenting.