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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Adversity / Exhaustion / Entrapment
Meet adversity with resolution!
This hexagram was traditionally showing the image of a person who is surrounded by water and can go nowhere safely. In a modern sense, this hexagram can be seen as an unfavorable time for outward development, while it can be used very favorably for inward enhancement. Rather than lamenting circumstances, one should accept the blockage and store energy for later effort, for the law of cyclic change makes ever such situation a temporary one!
1. If you lose your motivation because of obstacles in your way, you are doomed to fail. The traditional image of this line was a person who cannot see the light for three years. This is a metaphor for mental and emotional ‘blindness,’ that is, the incapacity to plan ahead because one feels trapped and exhausted. Do not get caught in fear, or demotivation; you can inwardly fight adversity by being faithful to a good outcome, and trusting your inner guidance. This time will pass!
2. This line speaks of a person who was being awarded the red apron of high office, thus he is entrapped by feasting and honor. The I Ching teaches that when progress is easy, one should be charitable and not self-righteous, and despite a high position, one should think of those below and practice latitude of mind, and a dignified attitude.
3. This line traditionally speaks of a man who is entrapped by rocks and thorns and cannot meet his companion or wife. This metaphor hints at your need to build inner clarity, and set a clear goal. You cannot reap figs when you sow thistles, which means that you need to focus your energy instead of spilling it in restless maneuvering.
4. Stay your course and be careful to not lose your motivation once again. Do whatever you can to find help and you will get it. This line bears the image of a wagon that comes late and slows progress. This means that you are heading in the right direction, but you need to practice patience, and trust your inner guidance.
5. The traditional image of this line is of a high officer who is burdened by his duties, but who slowly finds a way out. This means that you should now be prepared for a blessing ahead of you, practice patience, relax your mind, and remain correctly centered. The blessing will come!
6. This line teaches that the good outcome depends primarily on your inner attitude. If you are cynical and selfish, you may feel that you are trapped in your own pride. When you correct and refresh your attitude and let go of your self-aggrandizement, you will naturally find the way to mastering the situation successfully.