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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Immaturity / Lacking Experience / The Undeveloped

Be willing to learn and educate yourself.

It may be needed to educate yourself as the situation may be confused because you are lacking inner coherence. You may thus be at pains to make an informed decision. In such a case, patience and inner strength are needed to gain clarity for advancing at the right moment, relying on your inner guidance.

1. Restrain yourself and practice self-discipline. Set yourself strict guidelines for action and you’ll avoid having regrets later on. A stoic attitude and strict principles are the path toward happiness; while leading an unregulated life is not a recipe for success.

2. This line traditionally announced a good marriage. While such an interpretation may be too narrow, what is indicated here is that collaboration with others brings good results. In all human affairs, judgment is short-sighted because we never know all the factors that motivate human action in others. Hence, tolerance and benevolence with others, even if they act inappropriately, is the correct attitude and brings success.

3. This line traditionally speaks of one attempting to marry a women who seeks a wealthy man. More generally, what the I Ching advises here is to not be blinded by desire and to avoid excess. Thus, wait patiently for a better moment and avoid action.

4. This line warns of ignorance. It may be a matter where you need more background information before you go on. If you do not heed this advice, you may suffer a painful setback. Spiritually, if your inner mind does not support your project, there will be conflict. Right action here is to check if your intended action is in accordance with your conscience and to affirm that you are guided by correct principles. Affirm this over and over and your subconscious mind will pick up on it and will give you feedback, through dreams and premonitions, how you should act in this situation. Until you receive this inner guidance, hold on and do not persist.

5. Being faithful to your inner guidance, you shall achieve your goal and advance in your life. It will bring you advantage to seek another’s advice and support.

6. This line traditionally speaks of punishing an ignorant child. A modern interpretation would see the ‘child’ as a metaphor for your own inner child. If this inner energy is too boastful and neglects proper guidance you should restrict it by considering the matter from the perspective of your inner adult (rationality) and your inner parent (responsibility). The inner child is your most creative impulse, but sometimes creative solutions are hurting social traditions, and thus you need to apply wisdom to the way how you proceed in life.

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