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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Waiting Patiently / Stagnation / Hesitation

Be patient and bide your time. Overcome stagnation.

This hexagram teaches the importance of time in all matters that need a growing energy for realization. When you need to wait, rushing ahead only results in restlessness without bringing a real advance. The wisdom of this hexagram is to teach creative adaptation to a situation where quick progress is not possible.

1. Do not rush into things. Do not exhaust your energy at this point. Wait until you see a safe way to proceed.

2. There are difficulties ahead. To be aware of danger is a good way to avoid it. When you are faithful to your inner guidance, you will see a way out and you can advance successfully!

3. You are in a vulnerable position. You may have got into this position by having been too reckless in your recent past. Now be cautious and hold still so as to not invite trouble.

4. The situation is such that retreat is the best action here. Keep your inner light and be faithful to be guided when the moment is right. You may find help and support to get out of this situation if you are faithful to your inner guidance.

5. This is a time for relaxing and getting a good new perspective of the situation at hand. There is much more to do for realizing your goals; thus remain focused and do not become restless. You will be guided to advance when the time is right.

6. You’ll receive a blessing in disguise. The traditional interpretation speaks of three uninvited guests who need to be properly treated for everything being alright. This symbolizes that in some form or another, you receive a helping hand from the universe, but you need to recognize the blessing which may not be obvious. Often in life, when we do good to others, it comes back to us not from the same people and at a later time, but it does come back to us.

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