Guy Davenport Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny.
Six Principles of Magic
1. Every magician has a beautiful vision for the world.
2. Every system of magic is a single artists tool, used to reshape reality.
3. If you believe, it shall exist.
4. When you call, they will answer.
5. Success and failure, is one and the same: ignorance and depression is the enemy.
6. Be like all equally, and you shall unite; refuse and separate.
Your symbol is Hexagram number one, which deals with creativity. All
the lines in this hexagram are yang and represent the dragon, the Chinese
symbol for spiritual power, wisdom and strength.
In the first line the dragon is hidden. The message is to wait for the
dragon, or creative energy, before beginning a creative endeavor.
In the second line the dragon appears in the field. This is the time
for action, when the inspiration, or muse, is revealed.
In the third line we see a person who works long hours, ignoring the
natural rhythms of work and rest. Although this is dangerous, his/her position
In the fourth line a person takes risks, just as a dragon may leap in
the darkness of night. As long as the foundation is stable, there will
be no misfortune.
In the fifth line, creative people interact and exchange ideas, just
as dragons fly together in the sky. This brings progress and good results.
In the sixth line the dragons fly too high into the atmosphere. One
must be sensitive to the stages of a project and get to work before the
euphoria of the original idea fades.
A final note, or seventh line, says that one cannot force the dragon
to appear, so it is wise to use the energy to the fullest when it is available.
The image suggests a group of dragons merged into one, with no single head
Your symbol is Hexagram two, receptivity. All the lines of this hexagram
are yin and the hexagram denotes firm progress and advantage.
In the first line a person who is walking on frosty ground soon finds
that the ground has become sold ice. This represents the passive but strong
quality of yin.
The second line says that the yin attributes of honesty, intuition,
inner depth, and flexibility come naturally and do not need to be learned
or rehearsed. Possessing these qualities is fortunate.
The third line shows the possessor of these qualities who diplomatically
conceals his/her strengths until they are needed, just some rich people may
conceal the depths of their wealth. Working under a benevolent authority
figure, one may wish to use his/her skills to increase the reputation of
The fourth line shows a closed purse or bag. The quality yin may involve
restraint. Although this closes off new possibilities, it also prevents
The fifth line shows a yellow garment, which implies a humble and honorable
person. This is fortunate.
The sixth line shows fighting dragons, sending yellow blood to the earth
and purple blood to the sky. This is the right conclusion of affairs.
A final note explains that the yin qualities of honesty and steady progress
will lead to great good fortune.
Your symbol is Hexagram three, which shows the great labor involved
in a new beginning. A structure must be set up and the process set in motion.
The first line, yang, shows a person unable to make progress. Remain
steady and learn lessons from those around you, even if you don't consider
them worthy to be teachers.
The second line, yin, shows a woman on a chariot poised for escape from
an attacker, but the assailant actually seeks her hand in marriage. It
may take a long time to work out the misunderstanding, but once resolved,
they become engaged.
In the third line, yin, a hunter pursues a deer without a guide, and
almost gets lost in the forest. An intelligent person, wishing to avoid more
grief, gives up the chase.
The fourth line, yin, shows the woman on the chariot going forward to
greet her supposed attacker with an open mind. There is great fortune in
The fifth line, yang, shows a generous prince sharing his wealth freely
with his subjects. A person who is balanced and prudent in his/her work can
still afford to be flexible and know when to give.
The sixth line, yin, shows that this noble person, who has been diligent
and steadfast, is forced to retreat by horse, crying tears of blood.
Although [s]he has acted well, the situation is difficult and needs further
correct action to reach a resolution.
Your symbol is Hexagram four, which deals with correcting mistakes.
There is danger in making mistakes, but one must be tolerant of others
who make a mistake. Help may come from someone who does not know all the
answers, just as a stream may come from the base of a mountain.
The first line, yin, shows the teacher correcting a mistake through
punishment. Chastisement may be helpful, but only if the teacher is tolerant
and firm, not angry.
The second line, yang, shows the son growing up to become head of the
family. In the same way, with proper instruction and guidance, one can
rise to a higher level. Knowledge does not discriminate on the basis or
gender, race, religion or wealth.
The third line, yin, shows a woman who is attracted to a man because
of his money. No advantage will come from such a relationship, or any relationship
based on ignorance.
The fourth line, yin, shows one who is unable to learn the lessons of
life. This is an unfortunate situation, since [s]he will repeat the same
The fifth line, yin, shows a young person who has not yet known the
trials of life. This is a fortunate position and one should not prematurely
force him/her to recognize life's pain.
The sixth line, yang, shows a young person who has fallen into difficult
because he or she lacks the wisdom to deal with life's situations. Rather
than mock such a person, it is wise to help him/her.
Your symbol is Hexagram five, which is about the importance of preparation.
Just as clouds prepare to rain by forming in the sky, good fortune will
come from the right kind of preparation.
The first line, yin, shows one who is waiting just outside the city.
This person is detached, and thus approaches the new situation fresh. This
will bring good fortune.
The second line yang, shows one who is waiting in the sand of the mountain
stream, closer to the city. Although such a person has already taken sides,
and there will be some criticism, [s]he is still objective enough to be
The third line, yang, shows one who is standing in the mud of the stream.
Such a person invites criticism, for difining people as friends
The fourth line, yin, shows one who waits in the place of blood. This
person feels it is important to be in the middle of the action at all times,
since being on the scene helps him/her understand the situation
and avoid becoming isolated.
The fifth line, yang, shows one who waits in the festive and opulent
setting of a feast. Through self-discipline and balance this person will
attain good fortune.
The sixth line, yin, shows someone waiting alone in a cave. Unexpectedly,
three people come to help. If the guests are received well, there will
be good fortune.
Your symbol is Hexagram six, or the struggle to prove oneself right.
Although one sincerely believes his/her position is correct, it will be difficult
to prove. Fighting to the finish will only bring unhappiness and spoil
important relationships. Meet with those who disagree, but know that you
may be able to prove you are right.
The first line, yin, shows one who knows when to stop arguing. Some
may criticize such a person, but in the end this attitude will bring good
fortune and respect.
The second line, yang, shows one who has been defeated in an argument.
It is wise to return to a place of peace, to become centered and put the
struggle out of one's mind.
The third line, yin, shows a person who has many accomplishments on
the record. The recent setback seems unlucky, but no harm will come from
it. One should act without being attached to the results.
The fourth line, yang, shows one who has lost an argument, even if the
trial was unfair. The advice is to accept the injustice honorably, while
remaining steady. Try not to let the situation happen again.
The fifth line, yang, shows that when the facts clearly point in your
favor, disputes are won quickly and easily.
The sixth line, yang, shows that you may win an argument, and be presented
with the belt of honor. The honor may be won three times and taken away
three times, since winning does not necessarily earn people's respect.
Your symbol is Hexagram seven, leadership. To be an effective leader,
one should train the members of the group to be mature and responsible.
Similarly, the commander of an army must be able to trust the soldiers
and rely on them to make decisions and carry out orders.
The first line, yin, shows that harmony in the group is essential. If
an army is disorderly, it cannot fight properly, even for a noble cause.
The second line, yang, shows the leader involved in the action, giving
out orders side by side with the troops. His or her participation encourages
the other group members.
The third line, yin, compares the misfortune of losing a soldier in
battle to the unfortunate situation of losing a group member or leader
who chooses to act foolishly.
The fourth line, yin, shows the army resting at a camp in the distance.
The wise leader encourages team members to balance work and rest, since
there is no fault in this.
The fifth line, yin, shows rodents destroying crops. Immature leaders
would lose soldiers even on such an easy assignment. Never appoint an unfit
person to any job.
The sixth line, yin, shows a great ruler choosing his/her heads of state.
If he or she appoints greedy, inept assistants, the people will loose respect
and the country will fall into disorder.
Your symbol is Hexagram eight, which discusses the accord between members
of a family, state, or society. If all signs indicate that the leader is
virtuous and worthy, people will respect that leader. Those who remain
skeptical are unlucky because they will lose their way.
The first line, yin, shows one whose heart is a vessel filled with sincerity.
Accord with such a person brings good fortune, so it is wise to go out
of one's way to encourage harmony.
The second line, yin, shows that true harmony with external forces must
begin within. Such a fortunate person maintains an attitude of honesty,
sincerity and straight forwardness.
The third line, yin, shows that it is useless to strike an accord with
someone who has evil objectives. Show tolerance, but don't accept such
a person into confidence.
The fourth line, yin, says that it is wise to seek accord with those
who are in a more advanced state of knowledge or consciousness.
The fifth line, yang, shows a king chasing game in three directions,
but because the townspeople understand he is hunting, they do not become
alarmed. Make intentions clear so people do not become wary when you act.
This will bring balance.
The sixth line, yin, says that harmony alone is not enough. There must
be forward movement or nothing is accomplished.
Your symbol is Hexagram nine, faith in a higher power. A person encounters
obstacles that are overcome through patience and flexibility. There are
dense clouds, but no rain showers the fields. Although the rain is needed,
little can be done to make it fall.
The first line, yang, shows its subject performing routine activities,
rather than concentrating on the rain clouds. This is the proper attitude
and will bring good fortune.
The second line, yang, shows that through the good example of the subject
in line one, another person stops worrying and goes about his or her regular
activities. This is again fortunate.
The third line, yang, shows a carriage broken down on the road. It's
occupants, a husband and wife, blame each other for the situation and refuse
to look at each other. This attitude will bring misfortune.
The fourth line, yin, shows a person in a similar situation as the couple
in line three, but rather than blame another person, this person understands
the inevitable ups and downs of life and practices patience.
The fifth line, yang, shows another introspective person, who not only
practices patience, but unites with others to infuse hope.
In the sixth line, yang, shows that the rain has fallen and everyone
has gotten the benefit. Unfortunately, the people who became angry are
still in an unfortunate position, with possible negative consequences.
Your symbol is Hexagram ten, walking on dangerous ground. This hexagram
shows its subject stepping on the tail of a tiger without being bitten.
If one can do such a dangerous thing when necessary, that will bring good
The first line, yang, shows a person walking on his or her usual path.
No harm will come by continuing.
The second line, yang, shows an ordinary person walking a level path.
If this person continues with a sincere and steadfast attitude, remaining
sober and dedicated, good fortune will follow.
The third line, yin, shows unqualified and boisterous leaders tempting
fate. A squinting, nearly-blind person and a limping person step on a tiger's
tail and are bitten. This is an unfortunate position, but unqualified people
should not attempt noble acts.
The fourth line, yang, shows a thoughtful person stepping on the tiger's
tail. Because this person maintains vigilance, the tiger does not bite
and there is good fortune.
The fifth line, yang, shows that although a person maintains a positive
attitude, the danger is real, and due caution is advised.
The sixth line, yang, explains that one must examine the path carefully
and look at the overall situation, as well as the details. With proper
diligence, there will be good fortune.
Your symbol is Hexagram 11, which deals with tranquility. In this period
of relative prosperity and good fortune one rejoices in the good fortune
and deals with the routine problems of living. It is not time to launch
an attack or act aggressively; this will bring only ruin.
The first line, yang, shows that pulling up a clump of grass brings
with it other stalks that are connected by the roots. The image signifies
that one action accomplishes unexpected results and leads to further projects.
The second line, yang, shows one who is tolerant, giving, and balanced.
This person is acting in harmony with the Tao.
The third line, yang, means that despite life's inevitable changes and
distress, a firm and steady attitude ensures success.
The fourth line, yin, shows weakness. Rather than relying on one's own
strength, one looks to others, but they cannot really help.
The fifth line, yin, shows a king celebrating the marriage of his younger
sister. There is great auspiciousness in generous, right action.
The sixth line, yin, shows an unfortunate mood of retaliation. It is
not the time to attack enemies, but to tolerate. Aggressive action will
be cause for regret.
Your symbol is Hexagram 12, which shows the inhumanity of the strong
trying to obstruct the weak. This is an unbalanced situation and the obstructors
will encounter defeat.
The first line, yin, shows one who pulls up a clump of grass, bringing
with it other stalks that are connected by the roots. This will bring good
fortune if the person remains honest and sincere, but exploitation and
greed will lead to ruin.
The second line, yin, shows a docile and obedient worker accepting service
in a humble mood. If the leader exploits the worker there will be great
misfortune for the leader; rather he should strive to improve the worker's
The third line, yin, shows its subject feeling ashamed for taking advantage
of the weak. This person can redeem the situation through sincere understanding
and apology, otherwise there will be misfortune.
The fourth line, yang, shows that affairs have been rectified and brought
into harmony. Friends will share in the happiness of one who has mended
The fifth line, yang, shows the leader situated in the proper position,
though the temptation to exploit and mistreat others is still present.
The sixth line, yang, shows the leader setting things right once and
for all. From that time on there will be happiness and good fortune.
Your symbol Hexagram 13, shows the natural state of fire below and sky
above. The people in a small town are peaceful when they are not influenced
by the self-centered attitudes of the city. Being fixed in this attitude,
it will be advantageous to begin new projects.
The first line, yang, shows the representative of the people coming
to the gate. This person greets others as equals and makes no distinctions
of family, race, or gender.
The second line, yang, shows a person respecting only his/her own family.
This attitude will bring shame and regret.
The third line, yang, shows that prejudice is impotent, like a general
who keeps his soldiers hiding in the bushes and ready on the hillside without
The fourth line, yang, indicates good fortune if the prejudice person
can give up the desire to attack people who are different.
The fifth line, yin, shows a compassionate person who is aggrieved by
injustice and prejudice. This person uses strength and sense of humor
to bring people together.
The sixth line, yang, shows the representative of the people working
in the outskirts of the town. Working together on an equal footing, people
in society make progress in life.
Your symbol is Hexagram 14, which shows a wealthy kingdom, family, or
individual. The only danger is that excessive pride may enter, but most
likely the subject will remain humble. There will be good fortune and success.
The first line, yang, shows its subject avoiding a troublesome situation.
This is the correct line of action.
The second line, yang, shows a wagon carrying a heavy load. It is auspicious
to move forward at this time.
The third line, yang, shows a qualified person performing great works.
An unqualified person, through undue pride, would make mistakes.
The fourth line, yang, shows that powerful people are able to control
themselves in difficult situations, thus bringing about good fortune.
The fifth line, yin, shows the humility of truly great people, and the
support of all those around them. They are worthy leaders.
The sixth line, yang, shows a person who derives strength from a higher
power. This situation brings good fortune in every situation.
Your symbol is Hexagram 15, the quality of humbleness, which brings
the blessings of nature, heaven, and associates. One who is truly humble
attains good fortune.
The first line, yin, shows a qualified person who remains humble. Such
a person will be successful.
The second line, yin, shows that it is okay to express humility, as
long as it is sincere, and the person remains steadfast.
The third line, yang, shows a hard working person who is humble. That
person will be successful and others will follow his/her example.
The fourth line, yin, shows that humility is appropriate in every situation,
since it brings out the best in other people.
The fifth line, yin, shows that when there is discord, one may humbly
approach one's neighbors for a resolution. This will bring peace and prosperity
The sixth line, yin, shows a humble person who has been left out, wronged
or cheated. This person can act to restore order and balance to the situation
without appearing proud or overly aggressive. There is no fault in such
Your symbol is Hexagram 16, harmony. Because of the state of happiness,
people will support your actions. It is a good time to set new projects
The first line, yin, shows a self-satisfied person bragging about his/her
happy condition. Such a demonstration will bring bad luck. It is better
to keep one's feelings to oneself for now.
The second line, yin, shows its subject acting on intuition without
hesitating. It is important to act quickly; success will be in proportion
to one's balance and sincerity.
The third line, yin, shows one who is in a position for which [s]he is
not suited, who looks to heaven to supply happiness and success. His/her
situation is faulty and must be rectified at once, or there will be evil.
The fourth line, yang, shows one who is successful and a pleasure to
know. This person feels unconditional love and trust for others, and thus attracts
many worthy friends.
The fifth line, yin, shows a greedy, complaining person who maintains
a position of power, but because this person makes others miserable, it
is an unhappy situation for everyone. It is like a terminally ill, bitter
person who constantly complains, but lingers on indefinitely.
The sixth line, yin, shows a sincere, steadfast person who has obtained
the height of happiness. Everything is temporary, but for this person,
happiness is never lost, for it simply changes to another form.
Your symbol is Hexagram 17, natural cycles, indicating that it auspicious
to begin new projects. Great advantage comes from being firm, yet flexible,
just as the natural seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall come and
go in a different, but inevitable pattern each year. Day and night also
provide a natural, but varied cycle.
The first line, yang, shows a change in one's responsibilities or activities.
There will be good fortune if one remains dedicated and steadfast. It is
an opportunity to prove oneself to others.
The second line, yin, shows a person of age and experience who becomes
fearful like a child. Perhaps it is time to assert more responsibility
and use the adult qualities you know you possess.
The third line, yin, denotes an adult who denies the inner child, who
pushes aside his/her sense of wonder and imagination. Once the hard work
of the day is done, allow some time for fun. This will refresh and enliven
The fourth line, yang, shows one who becomes too materialistic, obsessed
with the gains of hard labor. This is an unfortunate situation, since the
real happiness of success will be lost. Realizing the situation, one can
strive to change it.
The fifth line, yang, shows a sincere person who works hard to achieve
inner, as well as outer happiness. This brings success.
The sixth line, yin, shows one who is bound to duty, as if in a pact
with the gods. Success will be limited, since this person is not really
Your symbol, Hexagram 18, discusses challenge, or the work that needs
to be done to restore a situation that has fallen into chaos and decay.
One needs to consider the events that led to the situation and the events
that must follow. The hexagram uses the allegory of a son or daughter taking up the
work of the deceased parents, or any similar challenge.
The first line, yin shows a child carrying on the work of the father.
There is much opportunity.
The second line, yang, shows a child taking up the work of the family.
It is better to do good work, rather than worry about reputation.
The third line, yang, shows a child carrying on the work of the father.
It is better to make small errors, because that's the best way to learn.
The effort alone is praiseworthy.
The fourth line, yin, shows a son dwelling on the father's mistakes.
Work done in this mood will bring only shame and misfortune.
The fifth line, yin, shows a child willing and able to continue the family's
work. Because the young apprentice learns to use the right tools, others will praise him.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who follows a career outside the family line.
This person may work in the same
mood of service and obtains the same results. This is the correct attitude of dedication and
is worthy of praise.
Your symbol is Hexagram 19, wise management. There is possibility for
growth in all directions, but the wise manager remembers to watch for the
problems that inevitably come in any endeavor. The hexagram predicts problems
in the eighth month, which symbolizes the last phase, as the Western equivalent
to the "eleventh hour."
The first line, yang, shows its subject walking with the person in the
second line. This person observes the situation and enforces the
rules to ensure good results. This person would do well to realize that
sometimes the rules must be bent slightly to suit a situation.
The second line, yang, shows its subject walking with the person in
the first line. This person is the creative partner; his/her insights and
ideas will bring good fortune in every situation. The two partners may
represent the two sides of the self, discipline and imagination.
The third line, yin, shows that management has become lax. Becoming
aware of the situation the two partners work together to get it under control.
The fourth line, yin, shows proper management has been achieved. Such
managers will bring good fortune in every respect.
In the fifth line, yin, management is handled with great intelligence.
When things are planned and managed properly, such wisdom will bring great
The sixth line, yin, shows that the partners have worked with integrity
and generosity to bring about success.
Your symbol is Hexagram 21, gnawing, or persistence. Such persistence
can be seen in a legal tort, where one party pursues the other with tenacity.
The analogy of biting into flesh shows the violent, but necessary attitude
to succeed in this heated situation.
The first line, yang, shows one with his feet inside tight socks, feeling
as if the toes will never come out again. Such constraint forces one to
recognize the immediacy of the situation and act accordingly.
The second line, yin, shows one who bites another's nose and through
force of purpose, bites it off. Truth and justice are the motivating force,
so there is no blame.
The third line, yin, shows one who is tenacious, who bites into flesh
and finds something disagreeable. There will be some regret, but [s]he has
not committed a great error.
The fourth line, yang, shows one gnawing dried meat on a bone. Realizing
the difficulty of the work, one must work with diligence. Ultimately efforts
are rewarded with money and gold arrows.
The fifth line, yin, shows one gnawing on dried flesh. The position
is dangerous, but with care and determination, one finds the sought after
The sixth line, yang, shows one bound by a slave's yoke. There is a
warning not to invest one's higher self in the conflict. Better to fight
with great strength, while remaining inwardly detached.
Your symbol is Hexagram 22, adding decoration. Adorning oneself or being
attracted to outer decoration in others is secondary to the real treasure,
which lies within.
The first line, yang, shows one who has decorated the path and thus
gets out of the carriage to walk. Good fortune comes to one who knows the
true wealth of simplicity and hard work.
The second line, yin, shows a man brushing and trimming his beard. Although
he attends to details, he is not attached to outer appearances.
The third line, yang, shows one who wears jewels and gold. Remaining
steady in purpose, respecting internal wealth as much as external, there
is good fortune.
In the fourth line, yin, a winged angel dressed in white, riding a white
horse, gives blessings to the subject of the first line. A third person
follows, wishing to resolve differences with the subject
In the fifth line, yin, an opulent being appears, bearing a small bolt
of silk. Although the gift appears meager, this being's real wealth lies
in charm and good humor. There will be good fortune.
The sixth line, yang, shows its subject dressed in white with no jewelry
or ornamentation. There is no error in this, for inward aims and purpose
are more important than outward adornment.
Your symbol is Hexagram 23, overthrow, shows that in the natural progress
of societies, discontent will lead to upheaval. This is also true in personal
affairs. Change is necessary and sometimes violent, but maintaining patience,
know that things will change for the better soon.
The first line, yin, shows a person overturning a throne by destroying
its legs. The change is abrupt, and carried out without forethought, therefore
The second line, yin, shows a person overturning a throne and destroying
its frame. This signifies harsh criticism without suggesting a solution,
which will bring only misfortune.
The third line, yin, shows anarchy. Individual members of the group
act to obliterate the rulers, but in the end one among them becomes the
ruler. This is the natural course.
The fourth line, yin, shows one who overturns a throne and injures the
person who sat upon it. Unnecessary violence brings misfortune.
In the fifth line, yin, the emergent leader soothes everyone in society
and restores order in the palace. This person's actions will bring good
fortune in all spheres.
The sixth line, yang, likens the new leader to a decorative wreath of
fruit, which is not meant to be eaten. Honorable people rejoice in the
new order, while angry people carry on the war within their own households.
Their discontent lies within themselves.
Your symbol is Hexagram 24, which deals with the idea of returning,
coming back or doing things over again. At first there will be no error,
despite many troubles. But there must be a change of attitude, a humbling
experience, in the end, which will mark defeat and much grief. The only
way to avoid this is to strive for complete honesty and integrity.
The first line, yang, shows some errors, even repeated errors, but no
The second line, yin, shows a happy return, with no errors.
The third line, yin, shows one who has made repeated returns, each time
having to do the work over again. But the person is steadfast in his/her
work, so there is no fault.
The fourth line, yin, shows a person who is able to adopt the right
attitude and return to his/her proper path.
The fifth line, yin, shows one who is able to take an honest look at
him or her self, and admit any mistakes. This is a noble position and this
person is well situated on his/her path.
The sixth line, yin, shows one who has gone astray. The base elements
of the person, and of society, challenge the finer elements. This brings
bad fortune, and if let go to the extreme will eventually bring legal,
or other serious problems.
Your symbol is Hexagram 27, nourishment, or enhancing the self by taking
in things that will produce energy and vitality. There is a caution against
stealing other's energy and trying to use it for oneself.
The first line, yang, shows one who turns away from his/her own center
of abundance and wisdom, symbolized by an auspicious
tortoise. Doing this, the person can only stare at others with a jaw gaping in envy.
Such a person cannot find happiness in this.
The second line, yin, shows one who looks upward and downward for
nourishment, which still looks away from the center. It is better to nourish oneself,
than look to others.
The third line, yin, shows one refusing to look after his/her own nourishment.
Whatever else this person attempts will be unsuccessful, even if done with
sincerity. [S]he may as well do nothing for ten years, because no good will
come from this lack of nourishment.
The fourth line, yin, shows one who watches the ground with the unwavering
stare of a tiger. This person will find the proper nourishment and will
accomplish his/her goals.
The fifth line, yin, shows one lacking proper nourishment, who can temporarily
manage his/her affairs. It is a weak position to begin new projects.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who provides nourishment to others.
Despite the danger, good fortune will come by going forward with a new
Your symbol, Hexagram 28, shows imperfection in great places. Despite
the weaknesses there will be success, so it is better to keep going. Giving
in to the weaknesses would bring failure.
The first line, yin, shows the offerings of sacrifice placed on clean
grass mats on the ground. The offering shows purity and the ceremony is
The second line, yang, shows an old man with a young wife, or an old
willow tree producing new shoots. Despite the age and condition of the
subject, there are auspicious signs of growth and renewal.
The third line, yang, shows the supporting beam of a structure that
is weak. When the key person or element of a situation is weak, there will
The fourth line, yang, shows the supporting beam bowing slightly upward,
as Chinese temple roofs bow upward. This is auspicious, and good fortune
will come from the mood of the pure offering of the second line.
The fifth line, yang, shows a dying willow that produces a few shoots,
or an old woman with a young husband. There is some advantage, but it does
not last. Once a tree is dying, a few new shoots will not save it.
The sixth line, yin, shows its subject struggling too hard, as one may
wade bravely into a stream until [s]he drowns. Although no one would cast
blame for a great person trying too hard, no good will come of it.
Your symbol is Hexagram 29, describes life's tests. Using one's deepest
faith and intelligence, work through these trials because it will become
a valuable lesson.
The first line, yin, shows a person facing constant trials, but who
hides out in a well. This is unfortunate because the way will only become
The second line, yang, shows a person in the midst of tribulation. Going
forward will bring small but sure progress. Although there is no relief
in sight, going forward will strengthen one's faith.
The third line, yin, shows one who faces conflict after conflict. Despairing,
this person takes a temporary respite to avoid working him/herself into
a deeper rut.
In the fourth line, yin, the battle is joined with bread and wine, served
in a plain cup, symbolizing the meeting of the strong and the flexible,
the body and blood of the savior. The subject now walks on the right path.
The fifth line, yang, shows the rut filled with water, but not overflowing.
The subject of the line does not retreat into the well, but sets a steady
course to bring about needed order. This is correct.
The sixth line, yin, shows a hopeless person who has been bound by strands
of twine. This person could break free, but has no will to do so. Unfortunately,
not understanding that his/her troubles are merely the lessons of life, [s]he
does not reach out to a higher power for help.
Your symbol is Hexagram 30, fiery intelligence. When one possesses extreme
brilliance it is better to be docile like a cow, rather than try to dazzle
Line one, yang, shows one struck with inspiration, who goes forward
with confused, unsteady steps. Guided by intuition, this person is blameless
and makes no mistakes.
Line two, yin, shows an auspiciously colored yellow room. The color
yellow suggests that balance will come.
Line three, yang, shows the fiery brilliance declining, like the setting
sun. Instead of celebrating the natural cycles of dark and light, one laments
like a feeble old man. This is unfortunate.
Line four, yang, shows a self-centered person bursting upon the scene,
full of his/her own ideas and brilliance. Such an abrupt show of self-indulgence
will be rejected by everyone.
Line five, yin, in a weakened position, shows the tears of humiliation.
The subject of this line is strengthened by tears of repentance. There
will be good fortune.
Line six, yang, shows a king on a campaign to restore order to the countryside.
He arrests the leaders of the rebels, but not the followers who are innocent.
The king, through his brilliance, protects his faithful subjects. He does
not punish people needlessly.
Your symbol is Hexagram 31, which represents the sense of touch and
mobility. Feeling something is not the same as action. In this situation,
progress will come by knowing when to feel and when to act.
The first line, shows both feeling in the big toe and moving the toe.
Feeling within combined with movement indicates proper use of will.
The second line, yin, shows twitching in the calf. This could be a bad
omen for venturing out. To be safe, it would be better to stay quietly
inside and attend to business later.
The third line, yang, moving the thighs, as if becoming a follower of
those who are unlucky. It would be better to stay home, for becoming a
follower of unworthy people will bring regret.
The fourth line, yang, shows one who has learned the proper time to
stay home or go forward. Others will follow your example and there will
be good fortune.
The fifth line, yang, shows the heart and mind filled with satisfaction,
so much so that it ripples the skin on one's back. Such a person feels
centered and his/her actions are correct. Strength lies in feeling secure.
The sixth line, yin, shows feeling and movement in the jaws and tongue.
The person speaks confidentially, but being a weak line, there is little
Your symbol is Hexagram 33, shows that knowing when to act and when
not to act is the key to success. Sincerity is secondary to timing in this
The first line, yin, shows possible danger at the end of a long project.
Take no further action now, for getting out of the way is the best way
to avoid trouble.
In the second line, yin, success comes through maintaining a strong
will. One's strength must be like a leather thong made from the hide of
a yellow ox.
The third line, yang, shows one who is bound to distress, granting
him/herself no mercy. This person would not treat anyone else, even a servant,
so severely. Being more lenient toward oneself will bring good fortune.
The fourth line, yang, shows a powerful person who reluctantly quits working
for the day. This is correct and will bring good fortune. A
lesser person would not grant him/herself the luxury.
The fifth line, yang, shows a great person who happily ends the day's
work. Because his/her decision is made with sincerity and the timing is right,
there will be good fortune.
The sixth line, yang, shows a noble person ending the day's work in a
gracious, upright manner. His/her self assurance will bring good fortune
in every way.
Your symbol is Hexagram 34, which shows justice and right action prevailing
over might. In this case, strength will not conquer unless it is on the
side of good.
The first line, yang, shows one's strength concentrated in the feet,
for motion, rather than in the head and heart, for intelligence. The person
is unbalanced and going forward will lead to misfortune.
The second line, yang, shows that by realigning one's strength, going
forward will bring about the desired result.
The third line, yang, shows a ram butting its horns into a fence
and becoming trapped. The less intelligent only entangle themselves with
their own might. Witnessing such a demonstration, cultured people simply
leave the scene to avoid becoming entangled.
The fourth line, yang, shows an intelligent person open the gate, thus
the ram passes through without becoming entangled. Using their intelligence,
wise people succeed without making an angry demonstration.
The fifth line, yin, shows that the intelligent sometimes become unduly
angry, but they rise above it soon enough. There is no blame for a slight
The sixth line, yin, shows the ram butting into the fence and getting
stuck. If the ram would only learn from this experience, then it would
have good fortune. Anger will not conquer where intelligence is required.
Your symbol is Hexagram 35, showing a promotion. The image is of a feudal
prince who has done a good job in governing the people, thus receiving
horses and audience with the king.
The first line, yin, shows one who desires a promotion, but frustrated
because it does not come. Steadfast and undisturbed, this person will soon
meet with good fortune.
The second line, yin, shows the blessings of one's grandmother. Peace
of mind will soon come to one who is advancing in the material sphere,
but who still feels disturbance.
The third line, yin, shows one who wins the approval of peers and associates.
Acceptance relieves all regrets.
The fourth line, yang, shows one who tries to make advancement like
a burrowing rodent, greedy and mistrustful of others. Even great effort
will not overcome the danger in this attitude.
The fifth line, yin, shows that good fortune will come to one who is
not attached to success or failure.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who takes it upon himself or herself
to control and punish others, just as a bull pushes others around with
his horns. This is a dangerous position to take, and although some good
may come of it, there will also be self-inflicted emotional pain.
Your symbol is Hexagram 36, faithful service. Trouble may come to
dedicated people even though they are pure and faultless. The subject of this line must
acknowledge the threat and act accordingly.
The first line, yang, shows an advanced person compared to an angel
with drooping wings. Although there has been some injury, the subject can
perform austerities to reach a state of mental peace.
The second line, yin, shows a person whose leg has been pierced. [S]he
escapes danger on his/her strong and able horse, which is a metaphor for
The third line, yang, shows a king trying to relieve neighboring lands
of a tyrant. It is a dangerous trip, but the evil one is captured. The
battle is over, but progress in related matters may be slow.
The fourth line, yin, shows a king who travels into a neighboring land
to conquer. Suddenly he realizes he is acting like the tyrant he tried
to stop in the previous line. He resolves not to be like that and returns
to his own kingdom.
The fifth line, yin, shows that the heir to the throne has become enlightened.
Because the rest of his family was corrupt, the new vision feels almost
like a curse. He has the chance to change history if he remains upright.
The sixth line, yin, shows one who has risen to the knowledge of the
higher self, but failed to act on that level. Unfortunately, this person
must sink back into the depths of earthly consciousness.
Your symbol is Hexagram 37, the roles of family members. The home will
be peaceful if each member--husband, wife and children--act according to
their position. Through order and open communication, troubles can be resolved.
The first line, yang, shows one who restores order to his/her own home.
This can also refer to reestablishing one's position in life.
The second line, yin, shows a woman who tends to her own business, not
minding the business of others. This change will bring good fortune.
The third line, yang, shows the head of a household who is strict and
unyielding. Although this brings the desired results, there will also be
sorrow and little love. Eventually, the wife and children will lose respect
The fourth line, yin, shows a family member who increases the love within
the family. There will be good fortune.
The fifth line, yang, shows a family member who brings worldly prestige
and influence to the family. There is no reason to fear, for this will
be good fortune.
The sixth line, yang, shows a family member who is sincere and truthful.
After examining oneself, the needed changes lead to good fortune.
Your symbol is Hexagram 38, opposition. Although alienation and general
unhappiness have gradually taken over, working on one thing at a time will
eventually cure the whole system.
The first line, yang, shows one who looses horses but trusts that they
will return on their own. Meanwhile, one can learn from the mistakes of
evil men that it is best to be honest.
The second line, yang, shows one who sees his/her teacher in an unlikely
place like an alley. Greeting the teacher in a friendly manner, the subject
realizes [s]he must be on the correct path.
The third line, yin, shows one who has gone against the ways of heaven.
His/her carriage is dragged backward and [s]he is punished, but later [s]he
gets on the right course and his/her efforts are successful.
The fourth line, yang, shows one who tries to maintain harmony in a
tumultuous situation. This person meets the person of the first line who
lost horses. Blended together, their faithful and steadfast attitudes will
get them through the current situation.
The fifth line, yin, shows that in many situations the laws of society
carry out the will of God. Because society can perform the needed corrections,
people can go on peacefully with their lives.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who maintains harmony in a tumultuous
situation. This person meets with the person of the third line, whose carriage
was dragged backward. At first this person sees a carriage full of ghosts,
and thus takes up his bow, but then realizes it is a dear relative. All
doubts are cleared.
Your symbol is Hexagram 39, getting stopped. Inability to take the next
step is delaying progress. Seek help from a wise person, then apply your
own sincerity to the situation.
The first line, yin, shows that moving forward will only cause more
problems. It this situation it is better not to do anything.
The second line, yin, shows the situation of people who take on troubles
on account of others, with little gain for themselves. They may stop one's
progress, but not for personal reasons.
The third line, yang, shows one who makes it thorough one difficult
situation, only to fall into another. When no more progress can be made,
The fourth line, yin, shows one moving forward to situations of greater
difficulty. Unable to progress, this person meets with the like minded
friend of the previous line, providing each other comfort and balance.
The fifth line, yang, shows one who struggles with a difficult situation.
Friends come to help, since they have been in similar situations.
The sixth line, yin, shows one who goes forward as if to purposely increase
the difficulty, then standing still. This person shows his/her greatness
in this way, and seeks favors from those who can help.
Your symbol is Hexagram 40, resolution. If no further work is needed,
it will be wise to return to the regular routine as soon as possible.
The first line, yin, shows one who is firm, yet flexible. This person
will perform the correct action and will be successful.
The second line, yang, shows one on a hunt, capturing three foxes and
retrieving three golden arrows. This is an auspicious sign for one who
has worked long to achieve a desired goal. There will be good fortune.
The third line, yin, shows a servant riding in a carriage. By taking
advantage of the situation, this person has made him or herself vulnerable
and will be attacked by robbers. In this situation, no precaution can avoid
The fourth line, yang, shows one who receives the graces of friends
after they have removed their slippers, or the false prestige that comes with
The fifth line, yin, shows one who is humble enough to return to small
duties after a great struggle has been won. Such a person will win the
confidence of all people.
The sixth line, yin, shows resolution and harmony. The image is a feudal
prince who shoots a falcon on a high wall with one of his arrows. Striking
the target implies success.
Your symbol is Hexagram 41, which deals with reduction. The time is
right to reduce what is in excess and bring it into accord with what is
right and reasonable. If this is done with sincerity, your actions will
bring great good fortune.
The first line, yang, shows a person hurrying to help another. This
is good, but be careful not to offer more than you can give.
The second line, yang, shows a person who maintains his/her own position,
rather than starting a new adventure. It is better to remain steady than
to extend oneself too far.
The third line, yin, shows three people on a journey together. The third
person leaves, then the second. Walking alone, the first person finds companionship.
The fourth line, yin, shows a reduction in the burden one carries or
the ailment one has, and it is an auspicious sign. Others can help, but
most of the work is up to you.
The fifth line, yin, shows prosperity. Stand fast and expect what is
coming to you. There will be help from a higher power.
The sixth line, yang, shows someone giving to others without reducing
what is in his/her own storehouse. Look for purpose and direction for your
energies and many will join you.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 42, development of bounty. When citizens
are productive and work for the good of all, there will be prosperity and
happiness. When the government is good, it uses people's tax money to enhance
the standard of living for all. This creates a cycle of prosperity between
the people and their government.
The first line, yang, shows there will be great success in profitable
endeavors meant for the public good. Such projects employ people in honest
work that will benefit everyone involved.
The second line, yin, shows outside parties willing to invest in these
ventures. When wise people see the value in the work, which is confirmation
of the project's merit.
The third line, yin, explains that sometimes honest, decent people invest
for greedy motives. Although this is not the best condition, such deals
have always existed in the course of human affairs.
The fourth line, yin, shows one who offers sound advice to the government,
and because it is well-thought out and well-presented, his/her advice is
followed. Such a person becomes a valuable citizen.
The fifth line, yin, shows one of pure heart and mind who uses his/her
life for the benefit of all people. Such a person is blessed by everyone.
There will be good fortune.
The sixth line, yang, shows the opposite, someone who cannot cooperate
with anyone, who has no sense of justice or humanitarianism. Such a person
Your symbol is Hexagram number 43, removing impurities. The example
is given a weak-minded or corrupt statesman on trial. In this case, the
prosecutor's own good character wins over the judge.
The first line, yang, shows a prosecutor trying to advance his/her case
simply by movement of the toes. This is not enough effort and there will
The second line, yang, shows the prosecutor fearful and sincerely appealing
for justice. This person is vulnerable, and although people may come in
the night to cause problems, there is no reason to fear.
The third line, yang, shows one who tries to make a case by threatening
the court. This will lead to misfortune. Another works hard to gather evidence.
This person may encounter difficulty, including the ridicule of colleagues,
but his/her determination will bring success.
The fourth line, yang, shows one who walks with great difficult after
a flailing cuts the skin of his/her buttocks. It would be wise for this person
to walk as a sheep among the herd for now, but pride will not allow
him/her to listen to such advice.
The fifth line, yang, shows a prosecutor going after the criminal class
as [s]he would uproot a bed of weeds. This determination is appropriate
and will lead to good fortune.
The sixth line, yin, shows a prosecutor who attempts a difficult project
without any help. This is unfortunate and will not lead to success.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 44, gradual invasion. A devious person
wins government office, then tries to take over by appointing like minded
people as ministers. The situation is compared to a motivated woman
marrying a man to take over his wealth.
The first line, yin, shows that such a person should be kept in check
like a carriage with the brake set firmly. Movement in any direction will
bring misfortune. The analogy is given of a young pig that is sure to cause
trouble if let loose.
The second line, yang, shows a person with fish in his/her sack. The good
fortune can become clouded if [s]he allows the unruly person of the first
line to meet with his/her guests.
The third line, yang, shows one who walks with great difficulty after
a flailing cuts the skin of his/her buttocks. It is good to stand up for
oneself, since the humiliation and pain will eventually go away.
The fourth line, yang, shows a person carrying his/her bag, but the fish
have been lost. Since an unqualified person has managed to make away with
the fish there will be misfortune.
The fifth line, yang, shows a small, spreading tree that conceals a
jewel. There is a deep faith that one can regain his/her wealth and overcome
the petty invader. This faith will bring good fortune.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who is desperate to regain his/her lost
wealth. This person puts on horns and fights the aggressor. Although his/her
position is dangerous and will cause some regret, the action is necessary
given the circumstances.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 45, assembly, especially a community
coming together in ceremony. The leader, or king, performs a ritual for
peace and prosperity. In this time of harmony it is good to take action
and seek favors.
The first line, yin, shows one who is confused and defeated. Calling
out for help and going forward will bring the desired results.
The second line, yin, shows one who goes forward with the help of a
qualified person. Out of sincerity, even a small offering in the sacrifice
will be accepted and will bring good fortune.
The third line, yin, shows a person who is tired and confused, with
no hope in sight. Going forward alone will have advantages and disadvantages.
The fourth line, yang, shows small discrepancies in the ceremony, but
it is successful because the leader is sincere.
The fifth line, yang, shows the community gathering for the ceremony.
The leader must find sincerity of heart in order to win the confidence
of all participants. This will bring good fortune.
The sixth line, yin, shows a humble person full of regret. Despite this
repentant state of mind, there has been no error.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 46, gaining social stature. When a worthy
person is promoted to the highest position of honour there will be good
fortune. The position allows this person to associate with others in similar,
The first line, yin, shows who is welcome in higher circles. This is
The second line, yang, shows a sincere person who makes offerings that
are accepted in sacrifice. This is the correct course of action.
The third line, yang, shows one rising into an empty city. This means
there will be no opposition.
The fourth line, yin, shows that the king asks you to present offerings
on the high mountain. This act is carried out successfully and there is
The fifth line, yin, shows its subject walking up the royal stairs.
This signifies successful completion of a project.
The sixth line, yin, shows one who walks up the stairs, but unable to
see the path. Sudden, dizzying fortune can blind one to possible consequences.
The situation can be saved if the person maintains constant vigilance.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 47, a stifling situation, like a tree
that grows in an enclosed area with little room to spread its branches.
A strong person will make it through this impasse, but not with mere words.
Because of the situation, words would be ignored.
The first line, yin, shows one who has entered a valley of uncertainty.
This person sits on a tree stump contemplating the years that may have
to pass before relief will come.
The second line, yang, shows one exhausted, who has partaken of food
and drink. When the royal representative comes, it will be well to offer
that person all respect. Although an undertaking has been unsuccessful,
it is no one person's fault.
The third line, yin, shows a prince who rests on a rocky hillside covered
with thorns. Returning to his palace, he finds his wife has left. This
lack of support is unfortunate.
The fourth line, yang, shows a person in a golden carriage, sent to
relieve the person in the first line, but late in arriving. Although there
is some delay, in the end there will be a fruitful partnership.
The fifth line, yang, shows a regal person frustrated in his/her attempts.
It is as if his/her nose and feet have been cut off. Despite setbacks, the
situation is still comfortable. This person is advised to be sincere, appealing
to a higher power for support.
The sixth line, yin, shows one entangled as if bound by creepers. A
negative attitude will be a self-fulfilling prophecy; it is better to go
forward with a positive attitude.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 48, uniting force. The image shows that
in the center of a village there is a well. Townspeople may draw from it,
yet the water level remains steady. In the same way, the ideal government
acts to benefit the citizens. But when the bucket breaks or the rope is
too short, government does not fulfill its promise. The analogy can also
describe a household, business, or association.
The first line, yin, shows a muddy or contaminate well that is no use
to anyone. A comparison can be made to corrupt or greedy officials.
The second line, yang, shows water leaking from a well or from the bucket,
thus the water cannot be brought to the top to be used. This is like a
government that will not govern properly.
The third line, yang, shows a well that the people have cleaned out,
but still is not used. There is great sorrow in this. The ruler must make
the wise decision to go back to the well. The people can be a source of
wealth and stability the ruler has not recognized.
The fourth line, yin, shows a well that has been made correctly and
lined with ceramic tiles. This is fortunate, although it would be better
if the owner offered the water to the wider community.
The fifth line, yang, shows a clear, cool well with good water. The
government and the people are in harmony and there is good fortune.
The sixth line, yin, shows water drawn from a well, which is not covered,
symbolizing truthfulness. There is an inexhaustible supply, symbolizing
Your symbol is Hexagram number 49, great change through necessity. When
changes are brought about by those above, as in government, statesmen should
first make a case for change, then the people will adapt more easily and
there will be good fortune.
The first line, yang, shows a person bound with the hide of a yellow
ox and unable to take action. The ties are meant to slow down changes that
may be happening prematurely.
The second line, yin, shows one who makes changes when the proper time
has come. There will be good fortune.
The third line, yang, shows one who tends to act recklessly, in which
case there will be misfortune. If this person takes the time to contemplate
and discuss changes with others, then there will be good results.
The fourth line, yang, shows one who learns to take the time to confirm
his/her plans with advisors, who learns to slow down and make careful considerations.
This mood of careful planning will ensure that change are accepted by the
The fifth line, yang, shows that powerful people make changes just as
the tiger changes its stripes. They are methodical and gain the faith and
well wishes of everyone involved.
The sixth line, yin, shows that advanced people make changes just as
the leopard changes its spots. They act with solid reasoning, not just
to please superiors. This is auspicious.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 50, abundance shown as an iron cauldron
that provides sustenance to a family. The cauldron can be compared to an
ideal government, society or association that provides abundance to its
The first line, yin, shows that the cauldron has been overturned so
that its foul contents spill out. Good fortune can come of a bad situation
once the evil elements have been purged.
The second line, yang, shows the cauldron filled with things to be cooked.
Although some may be jealous or antagonistic, have firm confidence that
they can cause no harm.
The third line, yang, shows that the handles of the cauldron have been
altered. This small inconsistency prevents anyone from enjoying the stew
in the cauldron. With patience the situation will come around and everyone
will learn a valuable lesson.
The fourth line, yang, shows a more serious calamity: the feet of the
cauldron have broken and its contents spilled. There is no food to offer
to the ruler and the cook is deeply embarrassed. This is unfortunate.
The fifth line, yin, shows a cauldron with new golden handles. Through
hard work and determination the situation is made right.
The sixth line, yang, shows a cauldron with jade handles. There will
be great good fortunate in any action.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 51, indicating the frightening and powerful
force of thunder. This can be compared to any startling, distressful situation.
One maintains his/her equilibrium by remaining steady. Once the danger has
passed, people become cheerful again.
The first line, yang, shows the storm approaching. One who acknowledges
the danger can later smile and talk about it cheerfully. This is a fortunate
The second line, yin, shows the storm engulfing. A wise person lets
go of possessions that fly away in the wind. There is no reason to lament,
for the goods are easily found once the storm has passed.
The third line, yin, shows one distressed by the thunder of the passing
storm. Good fortune comes if this fear inspires one to action.
The fourth line, yang, shows one distressed by the storm, who sinks
in the mud without taking action. Although this accomplishes nothing, all
will be well once the storm has passed.
The fifth line, yin, shows one who tries to continue with his/her business
despite the threatening storm. Perhaps this will increase the amount of
work this person can accomplish.
The sixth line, yin, shows one who is deeply fearful and confused during
the storm. It is better for this person to remain still, since movement
in any direction could bring misfortune. There are some precautions this
person could take as the storm approaches, but it would not gain the respect
Your symbol is Hexagram number 52, the passive strength of a mountain.
A mountain rises gradually, remaining at complete rest, yet possessing
great strength to block a traveler's way. The greatest strength is passive
resistance, like that of a mountain.
The first line, yin, shows one who makes no forward motion, not even
moving the toes. Through firm diligence this inaction will work.
The second line, yin, shows one who keeps the calves of the legs at
rest. Wishing to join the subject of the first line, this person is somewhat
dissatisfied by inaction.
The third line, yang, shows its subject keeping the lower part of his/her
body at rest, while wishing to move the upper part. The situation grows
dangerous because there is a desire for movement that must be suppressed.
The fourth line, yin, shows one who keeps his/her heart at rest. This
is auspicious because there is truth in purpose.
The fifth line, yin, shows one who keeps his jaw at rest. All will be
made right because the words are carefully chosen.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who keeps his/her peace easily and sincerely.
This is a fortunate position that will bring prosperity.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 53, advancing in small steps. Progress
that happens gradually is firm and steady.
The first line, yin, shows an inexperienced person attempting an important
job. If there is some error, this person should be encouraged, not blamed.
It is similar to a flock of birds flying to shore. The young may have to
struggle to keep up, but there is no cause for blame.
The second line, yin, shows a person who rests to take food and drink. This
is a necessary step in the journey, just as the birds may land on a rocky
cliff to eat.
The third line, yang, warns against neglect of duty. As birds fly to
higher ground, so people must take precautions when danger threatens.
The fourth line, yin, advises finding equilibrium. The image is of birds
flying into a tree and landing on the level branches.
The fifth line, yang, shows that after a long wait, one attains one's
wishes. The image is given of birds reaching their destination.
The sixth line, yang, explains that the entire journey has been auspicious,
and the time thought wasted was actually part of the plan. The analogy
is that when the birds pass over the village, they drop beautiful feathers
that can be used in ceremonies.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 54, concerning love relationships. Mutual
respect and affection are the basis of all lasting partnerships; anything
else will lead to an uneasy alliance that will require special caution
and many hurt feelings. If the situation seems cloudy, it is better to
wait before making a decision.
The first line, yang, shows a young woman who is about to marry for
reasons other than love. Look for a solution that will change the obvious
outcome. There is still time.
The second line, yang, advises that it is better to wait a situation
out, confident that it will work out to one's advantage. The example is
a young woman who is disappointed when all her girlfriends marry. She finds
comfort in the belief that she too will marry soon.
The third line, yin, shows one who hopes for unattainable riches. There
is no gain in this, just as there is no blame.
The fourth line, yang, explains that timing is essential, as well as
purity of intent. It is not wise to manipulate others to get what you want,
for the desired goal will come about in its own time.
The fifth line, yin, advises that it is good to take a humble position,
since deep satisfaction and value may be found in apparently limiting circumstances.
It is compared to a woman who marries for love, rather than money.
The sixth line, yin, shows that caring for others will bring happiness
to oneself. In a sound marriage the husband and wife put each other's welfare
above their own.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 55, influence. In this image, one's influence
is at its height, like the full moon, or the sun when it reaches the mid-way
point in the sky. Celebrate now, for influence wanes in a natural cycle.
The first line, yang, shows a powerful person meeting with a colleague.
They regard each other as equals and applaud each others' successes. It
is auspicious to go forward.
The second line, yin, shows one who can see the stars in the daylight.
Disclosing this unusual power will lead to suspicion. It is better to maintain
honest and true purpose. Gradually find ways to create good fortune.
The third line, yang, explains that one who can see the stars in daylight
is showered with abundance. Remain calm in this situation; accept what
comes in a mood of humility and gratitude. Trying to do additional good
works at this time could bring trouble.
The fourth line, yang, shows that one who can see stars in daylight
may feel out of place in society. It is a good time to seek an enlightened
master or meet with honorable friends, like the colleagues in the first
The fifth line, yin, shows celebration and praise for work well done.
Surround yourself with qualified people, for they will recognize your accomplishments.
The sixth line, yin, shows a house that is too large. No one comes to
visit, which is unfortunate. It is better to be humble. Friends are more
important than money.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 56, traveling. While visiting a land
where one is a stranger, maintain humility, integrity and an open heart.
Try not to judge the surroundings or the local inhabitants.
The first line, yin, shows a hostile stranger who only brings more bad
fortune upon him or herself.
The second line, yin, shows a traveler coming to rest at an inn. Although
there are servants, this person takes care of his/her own needs. This creates
an aura of respect for the traveler.
The third line, yang, shows one who is disrespectful to hosts, thus
losing the respect of everyone. The image is of a traveler setting fire
to the inn, thus losing his/her servants and injuring him/herself.
The fourth line, yang, explains that you should feel at home wherever
you are. The example is given of the traveler who brings along his/her means
of livelihood, but still feels dissatisfaction of heart.
The fifth line, yin, explains that one must take risks to become successful.
The example is that when shooting a pheasant, one's arrow is lost. Still,
the higher goal will be reached.
The sixth line, yang, warns against losing one's equilibrium while traveling.
The example is that the traveler laughs and then cries upon seeing a bird
set fire to its nest. Expect the unexpected and don't be thrown off guard.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 57, influence of the great over the small.
When powerful people move in a given direction, those under them tend to
follow. This adds momentum and gives direction to the small.
The first line, yin, describes a person who follows the latest trend,
or line of reasoning without having a steadfast purpose. It is better to
have the strength and purpose of a warrior.
The second line, yang, explains that divine inspiration will bring good
fortune, whereas following the crowd will take one to lower levels.
The third line, yang, shows that repeatedly conforming to society's
expectations will bring regret.
The fourth line, yin, shows a true individual, able to give up his/her
grief and set out with definite purpose. This attitude will bring good
The fifth line, yang, shows that once the journey is started, there
will be good fortune. One must be steadfast and careful at every step,
for perfect balance is needed to accomplish great works.
The sixth line, yang, shows an individual in a society of unimaginative,
conservative individuals. It is unfortunate to be a leader among people
in this state of mind.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 59, a state of moral degradation that
can be rectified through belief in a higher power. When the king sets up
his altar and becomes immersed in faith, then great things can once again
The first line, yin, shows one who rescues another with the help of
a strong and able horse.
The second line, yang, shows the time of danger has passed, for the
person in the first line has saved him/her. Both people seek refuge in the
The third line, yin, shows one who overcomes his/her own limitations to
help another person in need. Being able to set one's own needs aside for
the sake of another shows strength of character.
The fourth line, yin, shows one who is able to break up an angry crowd.
Then from the people who have disbursed, assemble a productive crew. This
is an example of great wisdom.
The fifth line, yang, shows a king calling out to his citizens, even
though they've been forced out of their land. The king is in the proper
position, so let him continue.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who takes precautions to avoid a dangerous
situation, just as one may cover their wounds. One must do what is possible,
yet still keep out of trouble.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 60, rules. It is better to follow the
natural order, maintaining firmness as well as flexibility, than to set
up rigid rules. Rules that are too strict and difficult to follow will
The first line, yang shows one who does not leave the inner courtyard
of the house. This symbolizes one who knows what will succeed and what
The second line, yang, shows an unfortunate person who will not leave
his/her own yard to seek opportunities. One must leave his/her own yard sometimes,
just as some rules must be broken sometimes.
The third line, yin, shows that one must be self-regulated. If one has
no standards, who is there to blame but him/herself?
The fourth line, yin, shows one who attends to all his/her obligations.
This person can rise above the crowds.
The fifth line, yang, shows one who lives a balanced and productive
life, who lives by rules and regulations that are acceptable and comfortable.
This person's life is successful.
The sixth line, yin, shows one who tries to abide by rules that are
painful to follow. It is inauspicious, but gradually, cause for regret
Your symbol is Hexagram number 61, the higher self. When someone looks
to the core of his/her being and sincerely takes guidance from that source,
there will be success in all areas.
The first line, yang, shows one who concentrates on the matter at hand.
This person finds peace and strength from within that could not come from
any other source.
The second line, yang, shows one who shares his/her inner satisfaction
with others. The comparison is a crane that finds shade in the reeds of
a pond and calls out to its young to come enjoy the shade.
The third line, yin, shows one who is sincere at heart, yet confused
by outside circumstances. Obstacles may indicate that one's position has
not been adequately thought out.
The fourth line, yin, shows one who has outgrown teammates. It may be
time to go ahead on one's own, with the full moon as a guide.
The fifth line, yang, shows one who is sincere, who gathers close associates.
The truth [s]he shares is awe-inspiring, and it increases self-confidence.
The sixth line, yang, shows a rooster trying to fly to heaven. This
is a failing proposition, so it is not wise to continue. It is best to
be honest about one's strengths and limitations, for sincerity cannot make
up for an ill-conceived plan.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 62, predominance of the meek. In this
situation it is better to be mild, whereas strength would be required in
a greater matter. Still, it is not a time to be lax.
The first line, yin, describes a situation that cannot be changed, where
it is better to accept inconvenience with a peaceful mind. The image is
a bird that flies freely in the sky, but tries to fly to greater and greater
heights until the issue is pressed too far.
The second line, yin, shows one following the conventions of society,
or staying within the bounds of what is normal. The comparison is made
to a grandchild who cannot find the grandfather, but accepts the word of
the grandmother; or a citizen who cannot find the ruler, but accepts the
word of the minister.
The third line, yang, shows that despite keeping a meek and humble attitude,
it is wise to take precautions to protect oneself.
The fourth line, yang, explains that in a crisis situation, one can
only do his/her best and no more. It is dangerous to go forward, but certain
situations cannot be prevented.
The fifth line, yin, suggests the idea of trouble that comes of its
own accord, just as clouds may have already formed on the western horizon.
Finish your business and take shelter.
The sixth line, yin, warns against trying to change things that cannot
be changed. The example is given of a bird that flies too high into an
oncoming storm; the birds extreme effort will only bring unnecessary self-injury.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 63, showing that although the project
is finished, there remains more to do. There may still be some details,
which overlooked, could lead to chaos.
The first line, yang, explains that it would be wise to slow down and
examine the situation for any unfinished business. The image is of a wagon
driver who slows down to bring the wagon over a creek; or a fox who wets
her tail in a creek.
The second line, yin, recommends keeping one's balance in the face of
a last minute problem. It is like a woman who loses her hat in the wind.
She will inevitably find it within a short time.
The third line, yang, shows a king who goes off to conquer a territory
overrun by fearful men. The work will take time, so it may be necessary
to work to the point of fatigue to attain success.
The fourth line, yin, suggests there is some doubt about the completion
of a project, so it is better to be on guard all day. The analogy is given
of a person watching for leaks in a boat.
The fifth line, yang, explains that some projects may take more diligent
effort than others, as if decided by the divine powers. One person may
conduct a grand sacrifice, but not receive the same blessings as a neighbor
who sincerely performs a small offering.
The sixth line, yin, shows one who loses patience with a tedious project,
just as one crossing a river may become engulfed, even up to the top of
the head. Recognize the peril of the situation and be cautious.
Your symbol is Hexagram number 64, incompleteness. Be cautious, because
although it seems a current project is finished, there is still more to do.
The first line, yin, shows a fox crossing a stream. If she lets her
guard down, she will get her tail wet. This is an embarrassing situation
for one who is supposed to be in charge of a situation.
The second line, yang, recommends taking due caution and acting correctly,
just as one may cautiously apply the brakes in a carriage to avoid an accident.
The third line, yin, warns that one should not go forward without finishing
the current situation. The timing is appropriate to meet that last remaining
The fourth line, yang, explains that through steadfast and intelligent
action, a situation becomes successful and all questions are answered.
Act just like a king who sets out on a potentially rewarding mission, determined
The fifth line, yin, explains that the qualities of wisdom, sincerity,
and integrity come from hard work. Always finish your projects completely,
for this will bring the good fortune you desire.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who is confident in his/her accomplishments.
There is no blame in this, but too much self-interest invites evil. It
is as if the fox looses her determination while crossing the river and
her whole head is immersed.