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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Mutual Attraction / Wooing / Marriage

Welcome new relationships. Marriage can be successful.

This hexagram describes how we attract others, in whatever field of life, be it for a love relation, be it for a business cooperation. The lines teach in which way the relationship should be handled to not overdo things, so that trust can grow between the partners. The teaching of the I Ching here is traditional in the sense that even in love relations, a hurried sexual approach to a person one may fall in love with is not conceived of as positive.

1. You are at the beginning of a new relationship or friendship. It is just the starting point and has perhaps not much significance for you at this stage, but there is potential to deepen the relationship if both parties are ready for it, and if mutual trust can be built.

2. You may be at pains of understanding what’s really going on. Avoid to act in an impulsive manner and try to clarify what the motives of both parties are in this relationship. It brings more advantage to restrain yourself and be prudent than rushing ahead.

3. You may run into trouble if you act out on brute desire. Traditionally, this line was a warning to not engage in reckless sexual relations. Today, we may interpret its meaning differently as the realm of mutually consenting sexual relations is much larger and morality more permissive. Nonetheless, this line can be interpreted in a more integrative sense and simply connote the need for building more trust in a relationship. Trust is built through an inner process, and is not much influenced by the physical relationship. If there is too much closeness too early, resistance may be unavoidable. In case of a business relation, the physical relationship is anyway of lesser meaning than the mutual sympathy and the respect that flows out from it. Both sympathy and respect, and many other factors must come together for gradually building trust. It’s not something that can be forced and it won’t happen overnight.

4. Here the relationship has grown farther, however there is still a need for prudence. Avoid to mentally press ahead. You may well now talk about your feelings and see to what extent they meet a response. You need to show now that your attraction is constant and not a fleeting matter. If you receive this line for a travel project, you may want to check out if the destination really meets your expectations.

5. This is one of the rare instances in the I Ching where the fifth line is not really a better constellation than the preceding ones. Here it namely indicates that the relationship is not meaningful to you or that you cannot exert a significant influence upon the other party to move them in your direction. If you receive this line for a business relation, make sure it’s worthwhile to develop the contact further or if it’s better to not invest more energy in it and retreat. If you focus on inner guidance, the right direction will be shown to you. Sometimes people with whom we think we have a strong relationship move physically away, and we discover, with more or less surprise, that we don’t miss them at all.

6. This line indicates conversation, exchange or discussion. It may be the final act in a business relation, when a contract is worked out by both parties, and discussions take place. It may be the discussion of a marriage project or engagement in a love relation. It may be a letter exchange in a platonic love relation or an intellectual relationship.

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