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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Resolution / Decisiveness / Rushing Ahead

Seek cooperation, avoid single-handed action!

The single yin line at the top here influences the power of all the yang lines. Thus, the five positive energies represented by the yang lines must break through the energy above. After a firm decision is made to break through the negative energy, complete yang, as in the 1st hexagram, can be achieved. The hexagram recommends caution for every step up to the top line. Dealing with negative energy can be compared with tending a flower garden. If weeds are brusquely removed, the flowers may also be damaged.

1. This line warns that one may be ill-equipped to deal with the task. In such a situation, great caution is needed.

2. You need to be attentive now, all the details in this situation need your careful attention and scrutiny. If you have oversight, there will be no harm and there is gain ahead.

3. An aggressive advance to solve the problem, especially when you go ahead single-handedly, may result in a confrontation that brings no real advantage. Do not try to rush things and preserve your advantage!

4. The teaching of this line is to listen to advice and be flexible but decisive to dissolve the obstruction. This is an inner attitude of firmness combined with an unobtrusive attitude outwardly. If you are upright and have courage, you can go ahead in cooperation with others.

5. This line puts the stress on balance, inwardly and outwardly. It is right to go ahead now, firmly and decisively, but avoiding sharpness and cunningness in your behavior. Then you will be successful and petty people will lose their advantage over you.

6. This line warns of an excess either in outer action or in your attitude. Seek to be balanced, or you may lose the advantage that you may have made earlier, as indicated by the five yang lines below this line! Always behold that negativity in your inner attitude will attract negative reactions on the outward level, in real life, hence the importance to keep your inner smart and make sure you are striving first of all for inner coherence.

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