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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Fellowship / Unity / Togetherness

A time for union and cooperation. The undecided will join in.

This hexagram indicates a situation where even when you think you are absolutely right, you should consult others by communicating effectively. Success is indicated but it will come only through joint effort and cooperative action.

1. This line indicates success while one may not have done anything special, thus a lucky situation. This is the result of your inner coherence which makes that on the outward level you come over as honest and trustworthy.

2. This line teaches that the achievement of good partnership outwardly is the result of inner values, integrity, coherence, sincerity, and focus. The traditional interpretation speaks of ‘unity from within’ which bodes well. Thus perseverance brings a positive result!

3. The traditional interpretation speaks of fellowship with an unvirtuous person. Thus, make sure to align yourself with the right people. If you link up with people of shadowy reputation, it may negatively affect your own social standing later on.

4. You have made it to a position of some influence or leadership. You may be in the role of support for a person, or persons, with whom you can cooperate. Thus while being prudent, you may graciously support others, as this will bring advancement for the partnership.

5. The traditional interpretation of this line speaks of a leader who engages in a hunt. He practices self-restraint in that when an animal achieves to escape the hunting circle, he will not persecute it. Likewise, a good leader uses only those who approach by their own volition and doesn’t force himself or herself on people. When this is achieved, great success is possible for all parties involved!

6. Here a situation is indicated where one has failed to cooperate with others because of a tendency to isolate oneself or because the time of unity has passed, and another cycle has set in. A historical example here is the French Revolution. If the nobility had seen the necessity to make concessions when the time was still positive for reform and moderation, much bloodshed and still greater corruption by Robespierre’s brutal revolutionary regime would have been avoided. In daily situations, this line teaches the importance of using time effectively in a leadership position as everything is cyclic in life.

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