The Hexagrams


Book Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Technique
Base Structure of the I Ching
The Hexagrams
 — 01 QIAN (Yang) — 02 KUN (Yin) — 03 TUN (Difficult Beginning) — 04 MENG (Immaturity) — 05 XU (Waiting Patiently) — 06 SONG (Dispute) — 07 SHI (The Army) — 08 BI (Fellowship) — 09 XIAO CHU (Small Accumulation) — 10 LI (Conduct) — 11 TAI (Peace) — 12 PI (Obstacle) — 13 TONG REN (Fellowship) — 14 DA YOU (Great Harvest) — 15 QIEN (Modesty) — 16 YU (Enthusiasm) — 17 SUI (Compliance) — 18 GU (Correcting the Corruption) — 19 LIN (Advancing) — 20 GUAN (Contemplation) — 21 SHI HO (Biting Through Hardship) — 22 BI (Adornment) — 23 BO (Erosion) — 24 FU (Return) — 25 WU WANG (Innocence) — 26 DA CHU (Great Potential) — 27 YI (Nourishment) — 28 DA GUO (Critical Mass) — 29 KAN (Watery Depths) — 30 LI (Fire) — 31 XIAN (Mutual Attraction) — 32 HENG (Constancy) — 33 DUN (Retreat) — 34 DA ZHUANG (Power of the Great) — 35 JIN (Success) — 36 MING YI (Time of Darkness) — 37 JIA REN (Family) — 38 KUI (Contradiction) — 39 JIAN (Obstruction) — 40 JIE (Dissolution of the Problem) — 41 SUN (Sacrifice) — 42 YI (Benefit) — 43 GUAI (Resolution) — 44 GOU (Contact) — 45 CUI (Congregation) — 46 SHENG (Rising) — 47 KUN (Adversity) — 48 JING (The Well) — 49 GE (Revolution) — 50 DING (The Cauldron) — 51 ZHEN (Force of Thunder) — 52 GEN (Keeping Still) — 53 JIAN (Gradual Progress) — 54 GUI MEI (The Maiden) — 55 FENG (Peak) — 56 LU (The Wanderer) — 57 XUN (Gentle Wind) — 58 DUI (Joyousness) — 59 HUAN (Scattered) — 60 JIE (Self-Restraint) — 61 ZHONG FU (Inner Truth) — 62 XIAO GUO (Predominance of the Small) — 63 JI JI (After Crossing the Water) — 64 WEI JI (Before Crossing the Water)

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Yin / Adaptive Energy / The Receptive Principle

Adapt. Go with the flow.

This hexagram was traditionally associated with a female horse. It represents soft and gentle characteristics. This hexagram is generally very positive, except the sixth line which indicates the illusion one could achieve success single-handedly. The overall stress of this hexagram is collaboration and communication with others.

1. To understand all means to forgive all. Be open-minded. In the beginning stage of a project or relationship, you should be gentle and cautious. Your knowledge is not broad at this point and you should proceed with care and foresight.

2. This line indicates that you act in accordance with the universe now and that your endeavors will be naturally successful. Be honest and upright, and do not worry. You can advance gracefully now!

3. This line traditionally speaks about a government official who is not paid for his work, yet what he does serves the public good. This means that what you do now in a public, unselfish spirit will be rewarded later on. For the moment, keep your talents and ideas for yourself and proceed in this spirit, then you act in accordance with the universe!

4. This is a time for prudence. Run a low profile and be self-contained. You can advance at this time more on the inner level than outwardly. Be faithful to your highest guidance and restrain your impulsiveness in order to avoid unnecessary disturbance; confrontations may lead to undesired obligations.

5. This is a position of leadership. Your modest attitude and humility in a position of power and influence lead to great success. The traditional interpretation assigns the color ‘yellow’ to this line, which was associated with intelligence. It said that if leaders were willing to follow the natural virtue of this line, there would be nothing wrong in the world.

6. You will gain the insight that the hallmark of success is not competition but cooperation. If you insist on your way in a matter where more people are involved, you may cause losses for all, and nobody wins. The traditional interpretation speaks of dragons fighting in the wilderness. However it also says that their blood blends together, which connotes a blending of yin and yang. Thus, if you are able to ‘blend’ your energy with those of your collaborators, your project may still succeed, but you need to realize this truth and change your attitude.

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