Hexagram #12

Hexagram #12 of the I Ching is called "Obstruction" or "Stagnation".  It follows from the previous hexagram by reversing the order of the trigrams.  Now Heaven is on top and Earth is on bottom.  The motion of this hexagram is that Heaven will want to pull up and Earth will want to pull down, meaning... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #11

I consider this hexagram to be the most balanced of all of them in the I Ching.  This hexagram is called Pervading or Peace.  I prefer Peace.  The upper and lower trigrams are the Earth and Heaven, and  they are moving towards each other (Earth moving down, Heaven moving up).  Visually, it does not follow... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #10

Hexagram #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... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #9

Hexagram #9 of the I Ching is called "Small Accumulating" or "The Taming Power of the Small".  Visually, this hexagram doesn't seem to be as tightly connected to the previous one as others have been with their previous one.  The lower trigram is reversed from yin to yang, but I can't see such reversal in... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #8

Hexagram #8 is "Grouping" or "Holding Together".  It is the reverse of the previous hexagram, with the upper and lower trigrams reversed.  Now water is above the earth or The Receptive, instead of being below it.  It follows in logical sequence from the previous hexagram, Legions or The Army, because a large group of people... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #7

Hexagram #7 is called "The Army" or "Legions".  Visually, it follows the previous hexagram by converting the upper trigram to its opposite, The Receptive, and leaving the lower trigram unchanged.  Symbolically, whenever there is an argument or conflict, crowds of people (legions) are likely to show up. The main idea behind this hexagram is one... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #6

This hexagram, called "Arguing" or "Conflict", is the reverse of the previous one in the sense that the upper and lower trigrams are reversed.  Instead of having the trigram of The Creative below the Water, now The Creative is above the Water.  This indicates a lack of stability.  This hexagram counsels us that now is... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #5

The 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... Continue Reading →

Hexagram #4

This hexagram is called "enveloping" or "youthful folly" and it follows from the previous one by moving the two yang lines from the first and fifth places to the second and sixth places.  This implies that whatever was emerging with the previous hexagram ("sprouting") has moved into a new phase.  Indeed, this hexagram depicts something... Continue Reading →

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