62. XIAO GUO

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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Predominance of the Small / Restraint / Minor Excess

Pay attention to detail and act with restraint!

This hexagram indicates that this is a time to make small progress, provided you pay attention to detail. The two yang lines here are not in a position for leadership and are unable to control the situation. Leadership requires strong energy. That’s why the image depicted by this hexagram is that of a bird flying into a storm. Thus, this hexagram suggests remaining low and still. One who is too ambitious or too proud places himself in a difficult situation. One who is humble receives help.

1. The time is not ripe for a great project. Be humble and follow traditional ways of doing as anything beyond that would be dangerous at this time.

2. In this position there is a certain chance for cooperation with others, however only when you remain conservative in the true sense. Do not take unreasonable risks and be aware of your limitations, but help others if you can.

3. This line is a warning! Do not be too self-assured. When you are cautious in your conduct, you can avoid a setback. This requires you to lower your pride and make a deaf ear to those who flatter you. They have their own agenda, thus be on guard!

4. Never force a decision, and do not force yourself on others. Teach by example and remain steadfast, be open for inner guidance, then you will be led in the right direction.

5. You need to avoid acting single-handedly in this situation. Set your goal on a line with others’ ideas and advance jointly with others so that you do not deviate from what is right.

6. The top line exceeds the situation instead of just meeting it. You may be too aggressive to realize your goal; instead, try to establish limits that can be respected and achieved. Excessiveness and an attempt to maintain a high and lofty position will only invite danger. The right way to advance is based on inner coherence, not upon outward force and might.

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