Hexagram #10

Hexagram 10Hexagram #10 is called Treading.  Visually, it follows from the previous hexagram by turning the entire hexagram upside down.  In the sequence, it says that when humans begin to accumulate (hexagram #9), then they have paths they must walk, and this is treading.

This hexagram signifies finding your way.  The path is in front of you, and your task is to walk it carefully, step by step, acting and earning your livelihood in a way that is correct – this reminds me of the Buddhist 8-fold path.  You have a spiritual power (the image of a tiger) easing your way, so long as you don’t do anything to make it bite.  Continuing your efforts can bring a profound change.

The two trigrams that make up this hexagram are water under heaven, symbolizing a melding of struggle and creative force.  The hidden hexagram is #37, Dwelling People.  This symbolizes a group for you to work and be in community with.

The changing mostly point to positive steps along the path you are treading.  The first changing line says that simplicity is to your advantage.  The second line says that you are continuing to smooth the way, and that this will benefit those who are hidden from you.  The third line says that you do not have enough knowledge or power to continue at this time.  The fourth line says that you will encounter a great source of power, and you should plead your case with this power.  The fifth line says that you will meet adversity, but are counseled to move ahead decisively.  The sixth line says that you are walking in the footsteps of those who came before you, and it will be successful.

With a small exception in the third and fifth changing lines, this is a very favorable hexagram to draw.

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