Hexagram #5

Hexagram 5The fifth hexagram of the I Ching is called Attending, Waiting, or Nourishment.  It follows from the previous hexagram – Sprouting – because it deals with themes of nurturing new growth and continued development of this new growth.

The overall idea behind this hexagram is that there is something immature that must be nourished if it is to progress.  Rather than trying to force something, you are counseled to attend to what is at hand.  It is a time of waiting, discerning what the situation requires, and acting accordingly.  It is a positive hexagram – the way is open.  However, it does warn that now is not the time to advance yourself, only to attend to what is in front of you.

The two trigrams that make up the hexagram are Water over The Creative or Heaven.  This implies that there is something very energetic beneath something that is soft and nourishing.  It could also symbolize the clouds in the sky, which is where water is present in the heavens.  Similar symbolism, though, a combination of something very energetic and something soft and nourishing.  Very positive.  The inner hexagram is Diverging, which can signal opposition but can also signal creative tension.

The changing lines point to the possible dangers that could confront you during this time.  The first lines warns of a challenge that lies ahead, while the second line signals that danger is getting closer.  The third line points to a danger from adopting an improper attitude, while the fourth line points to a great danger that arises from the loss of humility.  The fifth line gives a word of comfort, saying that there is peace in the midst of the difficulties and the time should be used to prepare for further difficulties that still lie ahead.  The top line signals that a solution to the difficulties finally arrives.

Overall, this is a good hexagram to get in response to a question, in that it is overall positive and contains much advice on how to deal with the difficulties that will certainly arise anytime something is in the early stages, because all beginnings are messy.

 

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