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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Sacrifice / Decrease / Reduce the Excessive

Periodic decrease. Reduce that which is excessive.

This hexagram must be properly understood with the background of the yin-yang dichotomy in mind. When strong yang energy seeks balance, it decreases in order to strengthen the more passive yin energy. Thus increase and decrease are cyclic in life, as they are in financial affairs where a good flow of cash also is based upon inflow and outflow, not stagnation. Another aspect of this hexagram is that everything that is excessive cannot last, which is why it is advised to reduce that which is excessive in order to make it last.

1. In emotional matters, the principle of decrease can help restore harmony. In financial matters, you should care for your inflow of money and your outflow of money being properly balanced. If demands are made on your time for helping others, do so, but do not overdo it. If you keep matters in proper balance from the start, you can go successfully through this period of time.

2. It’s a time for helping others, but not for advancing in your own projects. When you help others, do it in a manner that safeguards your dignity. Sacrificing yourself as this is understood in some religions is not what the I Ching teaches. Only if you support others in a way that is comfortable with your own wellbeing you do it right.

3. This line shows another form of decrease. When in a group of three disharmony occurs, what happens is that one person leaves the group. This gives an opportunity for the remaining two people to form a closer bond. This may be caused by your inner guidance which considers it more advantageous that you seek cooperation with only one person so that the integrity of your plan is safeguarded.

4. This line indicates an inner awareness process. You have become aware of a problem and now can work on its solution. Thereby, and if your attitude is correct, you can attract friends and helpers. This is a good direction to go.

5. This line was traditionally symbolized by a big turtle. It symbolizes that one is given a precious gift that one has deserved because of one’s integrity and right attitude. Thus there is success all around!

6. Here your success is obvious and visible to all. In such a position, it is good to give support to others, do charity and work for the common good. This is a long-term strategy for while your benefits to others are immediate, for yourself it’s a position of good karma that may have a positive return only down the road.

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