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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Obstacle / Adversity / Obstruction

Keeping still and remaining upright is favorable.

This hexagram depicts a situation of confusion. Traditionally the picture was one of scattered sand which cannot bind together. It is hard to know which direction to take. A strong will and patience are needed. Be faithful to your inner guidance.

1. Do not get involved in anything that is not in alignment with your highest principles. Do not go forward with your undertaking or relationship, but wait and keep to yourself. This time will pass. You can use it for strengthening your resolve and preparing for later success. Remaining upright in times of adversity is the recipe for great prosperity!

2. Do not compromise with the mass mind and be unaffected by flattery. There is potential success waiting for you if you keep uninvolved and trust the correctness of your cause. The most important is to keep your smart in such a time and to not divulge your motives or strategy.

3. Do not attempt to please those who you find are lacking integrity or honesty. Instead, keep to yourself and maintain your dignity. On the other hand, assess how you have contributed to bringing this compromising situation about. Thorough self-reflection will help you to correct the situation and go out unharmed.

4. The cycle is about to change and adversity now begins to wane. Having faith in a good delivery brings you blessings. This is the result of your inner coherence, and your faith in the positive nature of cyclic development.

5. You can now pull through the crisis and turn danger to safety. A cautious and prudent attitude will help you, while you should not slacken your efforts to achieving your goal. Success is waiting for you!

6. After adversity comes rejoicing. Remain mindful to reach your goals through correct and timely action, and try to minimize dependence on others. The more you accept others’ favors, the more you need to repay to them at a later time. If you trust your inner guidance, you will see that this guidance takes on every possible help and support in your outer life.

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