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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Watery Depths / Danger / Abyss

Roll with the flow to ride out danger. Confidence and mental stability help you to go through this time without harm.

This hexagram is formed by two identical trigrams called Kan or water. It is one of only eight hexagrams where the basic trigrams are doubled, thus its image is reinforced! The primary guidance of this hexagram uses the nature of water as an example of appropriate conduct and self-development. By remaining centered, one may go through this cycle of danger unharmed.

1. You are temporarily out of tune with inner guidance. The more you do in such a situation, the more tends to go wrong. Recklessness may get you more deeply entrapped in danger, thus change course, be mindful, stop action, and engage in reflection. The best action in times of danger is nonaction.

2. Do a step at a time. It’s an unfortunate situation and you must face the challenge, then you will be guided toward a good delivery. Calmness and clarity are appropriate to gradually overcoming difficulty.

3. When you don’t see the light, do not despair. Now, going forward is not the right thing to do. Thus, you may stand still for a moment and stop all action. When you are faithful to your inner guidance, the way out will be shown to you. Until then, be patient and practice nonaction.

4. Things are now getting back to normal and you will find a handle for your problem or difficulty. Do not hesitate to ask for help; it will be given to you. You can solve your problem using inner clarity and by trusting your intuition.

5. Do not chase for honor and recognition in a time that requires you to practically solve your problems and get out of danger. The best attitude in such a situation is to follow the line of least resistance. Danger will then vanish off by itself.

6. Fear and self-condemnation, as well as resentment toward others are mental poisons. They keep you from being guided into safety and prolong the time of danger. Your actions for coping with the danger have not been appropriate. What you can do now is to wait until the situation changes by itself for the better, keeping a stoical attitude.

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