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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Cauldron / Harmonization / Stability
Lay the groundwork for something new.
The image of this hexagram is that of a cauldron, a receptacle for cooking royal feasts or for making offerings. It is a lucky symbol associated with good fortune. It also symbolizes good luck for one’s family. This hexagram teaches the art of proper timing, which is symbolized by the proper cooking of a feast. Thus, this hexagram encourages the wise to understand their duty and their responsibilities and to stabilize their efforts in order to help and guide the wellbeing of all people. Following the progressive levels symbolized in the cauldron can help one fulfill one’s duty in life and develop accordingly. Each line of the six lines represents a different section of the cauldron.
1. This line traditionally speaks of one leg of the cauldron being damaged so that the cauldron tilts to one side and thus can be easily cleansed and purified. While such a situation may be unfortunate, it serves a proper goal. This can also mean that a third person is needed to balance the energies in a family, partnership or enterprise. Cleaning the cauldron may also mean to purify yourself of bad habits before starting a new enterprise.
2. The cauldron is now filled with food but there is envy all around you. There may be criticism, but you should listen to your inner voice and remain calm and centered. Keep on improving things!
3. Here, the handles of the cauldron have been changed but cannot be used. Thus, the fat pheasant’s meat remains uneaten. This is a situation where your talents are not recognized by the outside world. The solution is here to trust your inner smart and your spiritual guidance. The time will come for you to unfold your talents so that ‘the feast can be eaten when the rain comes.’
4. Here the image is that of the leg of the cauldron being broken, so the food falls out and is spoilt. It speaks of a great minister who fails to fulfill his duty because the public has no faith in him. This is a metaphor for a person who lacks a sense of realism, and correct information. It is better for you to put a halt to your project or endeavor and to assess the situation once again. Remain steadfast but retreat for the time being.
5. Here the image is of strong golden handles of the cauldron with yellow ears. The lid and ears of the cauldron allow the adjustment of the heat and steam so that the food is properly cooked. Yellow is for the Chinese the ‘middle’ color in the spectrum, and it represents wisdom, smart and proper balance. This is a metaphor for a leader who has the proper attitude for going forward and broaden his experiences. You will have great success!
6. The image of the strong jade handle on top of the lid suggests that the cauldron will not be overheated and everything is in order and properly prepared. The food symbolizes the substance that nourishes a whole nation. This is a metaphor for being guided by your higher self, thereby serving the world as a wise and humble leader. This is really a great achievement!