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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Congregation / Gathering / Harmonizing

A time to form strong bonds!

The traditional picture of this hexagram is ‘to gather the essence.’ That means to gather others around oneself for a good and virtuous purpose. This implies that one is able to harmonize different energies and focus them for accomplishing a common goal. But the meaning of this hexagram is twofold: it also applies to inner growth and renewal through the gathering of subtle energy.

1. Going forward is indicated by this line. But the requirement is that you clearly communicate the purpose of the gathering and that you bring order to the group so that energies are focused on a shared goal.

2. You can gather help from others if you are sincere. Be open to influences, encounters, and recommendations. The way is shown to you.

3. This line indicates that you won’t succeed single-handedly in this cause. You need to bring your goals in alignment with that of others, or a group of people. There may be some losses and gains that cancel each other out.

4. This line indicates success as you are successfully cooperating with others, and managing your affairs responsibly.

5. This line traditionally speaks of a group of men gathered around a man in a high position. This is a metaphor that your endeavor to gather people for a common cause is by and large successful. It is through effective leadership that you can realize your goals and bring a positive outcome to the cause, and thus blessings for everyone will follow.

6. This line indicates a disharmonious position. For some reason, you are not able to gather people around you. The traditional interpretation sees the obstacle here in pride and lack of an integrative attitude. Inquire and check if your motives are worthy enough for this cause, or retreat. There will be no harm.

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