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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Success / Progress / Advancement

A good time for progress and advancement.

This is generally a positive hexagram, except however, as so often, for the top line. Traditionally in Taoist wisdom, progress and advancement in life were seen more on the inward level, as a development of one’s capacity for introspection, and the gathering of internal energy. This hexagram teaches that instead of pushing forward, progress can be made safely by responding to one’s highest spirit, and intuition. This is so because true prosperity is coherence between one’s energy and the external world.

1. In the beginning stage, progress may not find the approval of those around you. Let things happen naturally. Sometimes progress achieved through strenuous efforts may be harmful. Check if your intentions are correct, then you may advance faithfully even though progress cannot be seen at this point.

2. Advancement that meets obstacles may cause you worries. In such a situation, a stoical attitude is the best. Persist in your efforts, and remain calm and upright, then the universe will help you as a mother helps her son achieve greatness.

3. This line represents another step forward. The more you are trusted by those around you, the easier you will motivate them to help you achieve your goals. Advancement is smooth and easy now, and success will surely come!

4. Be painstaking with yourself in all matters of righteousness. There is no safety in straying from the correct way, and hidden motives are no guideline for lasting success. At this point, you should stop and reflect about what’s really going on. Going forward may be dangerous.

5. Do not worry about gain or loss. Going forward brings benefit, while it may be not yet be clear if this benefit will be material or spiritual. The I Ching teaches to accept favor and disfavor as the same. Stoicism is a similar teaching; the stoic is a person who knows that advancing has a value in itself regardless of meeting approval or disapproval. It’s your inner value, your feeling of self-worth, and your faith in the goodness of the universe that is the basis for this kind of attitude. Life is never really predictable which is why the stoical attitude brings a lot of benefit, especially health and long life.

6. This line traditionally speaks of a ram advancing its horns. An aggressive attitude seldom pays in life, and it often has undesired repercussions. In this situation, you may stand still and reflect; it may not be wise to advance. If you practice self-restraint, you may not end in trouble. Besides, always value the importance of your intentions; it helps to be faithful to the right direction for such inner strength is at the basis of all lasting success.

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