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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Rising / Progress / Going forward

A great opportunity for progress!

This is one of those hexagrams that are overall positive. All lines are predicting good progress, except the top line which contains a warning, but is not strictly negative as in many other hexagrams. Steady growth is based on the accumulation of many small achievements. By the same token, power or wealth must accumulate in small increments so as to be beneficial. When people are too anxious to get ahead, their ambition may become excessive and conflict with others will be the result. This hexagram teaches that life is a slow but constant process and progress.

1. This line indicates that you can advance toward prosperity. You are being trusted by others, and in alignment with your higher purpose. Go ahead!

2. A step-by-step approach is indicated here for progress. Even if your resources are meager, you can realize your goal. Your sincerity and enthusiasm will open you the doors for reaching out to those who help and support you.

3. Easy and smooth success is indicated by this line. Do not hesitate, and do not doubt your advancement.

4. This line traditionally uses the image of a prince, empowered by the king, making an offering on a mountain. This is the metaphor of being trusted by a high person and generally, an enjoyable position. You can now realize your ambitions!

5. Greatness is obtained by the accumulation of small achievements; great success is a constant accumulation of small daily successes. Promotion, progress and achievement come now at the right time for you. Do not squander your blessings. Be constant in your attention to detail and you will surely be rewarded!

6. Success is the enemy of complacency. In a position of high achievement, we are all tempted to slacken in our efforts and become complacent. On the other hand, when rising becomes excessive because one lacks inner reflection, one may end up losing what has been gathered. Thus both complacency and rushing ahead blindly need to be avoided in order to safeguard your success!

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