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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Gentle Wind / Conformity / Submissiveness

Be yielding in small matters!

Nature teaches that all creation has an element of spontaneity to it. One cannot see a flower growing, and yet it grows. One cannot see the wind except by its effect upon objects. This is the way the subtle energy creates in the universe. It is the same with spirit. One who seeks guidance from this hexagram is counseled to wait for the right time to pursue what he wishes to achieve. Great achievements cannot be expected in the beginning.

1. You should develop a firm intention and fight hesitation and doubt. In such a situation, the I Ching uses the image of a soldier who needs to be disciplined and go forward decisively and with perseverance.

2. You cannot go ahead when you are confused and lack clarity. Reflect about what’s going on and analyze the situation as well as your motives. When everything is correct, go ahead and do not hesitate!

3. There is a time for reflection, and a time for action. This line indicates that you are now beyond reflection and need to act. If you procrastinate, you may lose the opportunity!

4. The traditional interpretation of this line is: ‘One obtains three kinds of game in the hunt and earns merit.’ You can act now with a modest but decisive attitude, and you will be rewarded. If you act in following instructions, carry them out dutifully and all will be well!

5. Attention to detail is one of the key factors in success. When you are scrupulous and fair in your deals, you can advance smoothly now, and you will be overall successful!

6. The universe will give you a negative response if you are bewildered and fearful, and too hesitant to claim your good. You need to express your expectations in this position and a too much of gentleness may be counterproductive to achieving your goal.

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