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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The Wanderer / Traveling / On the Road

Be humble on the road!

This hexagram traditionally was accompanied by the picture of a wanderer who can only achieve minor undertakings while on a journey. In a more general sense, the teaching here conveys that a balanced personality can be attained by integrating one’s spiritual purposes with a practical life style. Since life is energy in movement, travel is a natural part of living. One should neither fear to move nor lose the stillness within.

1. Do not lose your dignity while on travel, do not be overly critical toward others and do not fight over habitual expenses. Also, avoid to show off in any way and do not get involved in trivial matters. When traveling, one should be tolerant of the different customs one encounters.

2. You can find helpers when you are unassuming and tactful. We always reflect our inner life toward the outside. If your thoughts are harmonious and respectful, this will attract others toward you who are of help and support. This is why inner coherence is so important in life!

3. Here, the traditional image is of an arrogant traveler who loses a valuable helper. Arrogance can destroy one’s attainments and achievements in all circumstances, particularly while on a journey.

4. You may not feel good in your new environment. Be it that you traveled to the wrong destination, feel isolated, or that you haven’t had enough inner clarity to really know why you wanted to change your place. Now, it is best to avoid restlessness and remorse and build inner coherence by trusting in your inner guidance. Then, the right way will be shown to you!

5. When you have a caring attitude toward others, and you have a harmonious mindset, you will realize that you are welcome even in places where others may be considered as strangers. On the intrinsically human plane, there are no strangers. You can now advance successfully toward a new position, at a new place, and unfold your talents there!

6. When you meet others with a hostile mind, or you are careless and inconsiderate of other people’s or countries’ customs and particularities, you may encounter loss and you may not be able to establish a new place for yourself. In such a case, retreat is the best move, while working on improving your mindset toward friendliness and goodwill for all people.

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