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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Benefit / Increase / Advantage

A period of increase. Go ahead!

The traditional interpretation of this hexagram speaks of ‘crossing the great water’ which is a metaphor for any project, endeavor or new relationship. It means that advancement is correct at this time. Many possibilities are ahead of you and progress comes naturally!

1. If you are correctly aligned with your principles, you can now have great success by going forward. Normally the first line is too weak to engage in bold action but here the first and forth line are positively connected. This means you can harmonize your energy with others and cooperate effectively. Obstacles can thus be overcome and you can be overall successful!

2. This line, similar to Hexagram 41, 5th Line, is associated with turtles, which were considered as luck bringers by the ancient Chinese. This line speaks of a great benefit that you receive for being positively aligned with the purposes of the universe. This is the result of inner coherence.

3. While the outer circumstances that this line indicates may not be favorable on first sight, you can still gain an advantage here if you stay true to your principles. Often in life, we do not recognize the hidden blessing in a situation that seems unfortunate. In fact, going through a hard experience helps one achieve higher.

4. You can now be a good in-between and thereby take a responsible and authoritative position. If you have the best for all parties in mind, you can reap great benefit for yourself for your advice will be followed. Such an influential position may even bring more benefits later on.

5. This line indicates that when you now work for the benefit of others , you will be benefited yourself because of your positive inner coherence, and your charitable attitude.

6. The I Ching always teaches balance in life, for all our actions. This line is a warning to not change one’s attitude in the belief that increase can be continuous and excessive. If you remain steadfast for benefiting others you can go through this cycle unharmed, but if you ruthlessly press ahead for selfish gain only you may experience a setback.

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