09. XIAO CHU

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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Small Accumulation / Limitation / Incremental Progress

Small successes are at the basis of abundance.

The traditional picture of this hexagram is that clouds are moving across the sky but no rain is falling. This indicates a situation where one should be outwardly flexible but inwardly determined and focused. Others will realize that you are open to compromise. All success under this hexagram will be incremental and slow.

1. As so often at the starting point of a new situation, the I Ching advises prudence. You have the choice here to proceed or retreat. If you focus on inner guidance, the right way will be shown to you. Avoid reckless actions!

2. You may notice that somehow you are dragged away from a problematic situation. This kind of involuntary retreat is auspicious for it leads to a reevaluation of the situation. Trust your inner guidance and you will know how to act appropriately.

3. There may be some contention or struggle. It doesn’t bring you advantage to insist on your point of view or go ahead with too much self-confidence. The situation cannot be mastered through single-handed advance, but through proper cooperation and communication. Inner coherence and harmonious thoughts will assist you in bringing about positive results.

4. When you sincerely communicate with others, you can be influential in this position. The traditional interpretation of his line is ‘Be confident. Wipe away the blood and avoid danger. No more trouble.’ This means that your understanding of the situation, your moderate attitude, and your honesty will help you to cooperate effectively with others so as to master this situation and bring about a successful outcome.

5. Here your cooperative attitude attracts even more important people and you can make good connections. Be willing to share and have a charitable intention, then everything will bode well!

6. This line cautions you to consolidate your gains instead of pressing further ahead. Adversity may be on the increase and you are advised to not lose your cooperative spirit.

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