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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Difficult Beginning / Birth Pangs / To Be Stationed

Be stationary and firm. Do not move. Reorient yourself.

This hexagram teaches a need for careful thought before starting a new venture. It indicates a potentially confused beginning which is why treading carefully and seeking advice is recommended. There is however a chance that persistence leads to later success.

1. You cannot advance alone in this position. Be faithful to inner guidance; you will attract the right helpers.

2. You need to be patient, for there are difficulties and obstacles in your way. The traditional interpretation speaks of a girl mounted on a horse but at a standstill. This is because she declines to marry and will wed only in ten years. This means metaphorically that you should not collaborate with others when the time is not right or when such collaboration is against your principles. In such a case it is better to wait until you attract the right people to help you.

3. The traditional interpretation speaks of a person who is hunting in a forest without a guide, unable to find deer and in addition losing his way. This means that if in your isolated position you push forward, you will experience a setback. The right action here is to stand still and wait until your inner guidance shows you a way out. You may also want to check out your goals and intrinsic motivation; it may be necessary to adjust your goals to the situation.

4. Now the way begins to open for you, but not for acting single-handedly. You need to cooperate with others, but stay your course and be faithful that you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

5. This line advises to not granting favors to others and to not realize big projects. This means you should do a step at a time, avoid any form of corruption, and proceed with a humble attitude. Doing small steps toward your goal is after all a form of advance; sometimes slowness is the correct response in certain situations. The most important is that inwardly you stay your course and be faithful to your ultimate success at a later time.

6. This line traditionally is associated with a person mounted on a horse, but at a standstill, weeping uncontrollably. This means that when you encounter a blockage on your way, this may cause you momentary sadness. However, this line also teaches that if you change inwardly, the outward situation will also change. This is a good time for introspection, meditation and self-cultivation. Stop your course of action for a while and ask for inner guidance. You will receive it!

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