I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Hexagram 06

Sòng, the Gong speaks



Hex.6 is is complementary to hex.36

Gua Poem:
If one has truth there is obstruction. Alert and central: auspicious. To the end: pitfall. Fruitful to see great people. Fruitless to cross the great stream.

The great image says: Heaven associating with water is incompatible movement: contention. The noble one, when he sets up affairs, plans ahead.

  The character sòng is an image of a mouth with sound and divide + mouth: Gong or Kung, the highest one of the five titles of nobility in ancient China. It is about passing judgment, the fair division of property and rights. More about Song

  If you receive Song as primary or relating hexagram then find out if you should fight for what you rightfully claim or rather let things go.

  The trigrams: Water below Heaven. Inner feelings and fears try to get support from rules and laws. The big laws do not always align with your rights, so choose well. Find a road which respects them.

  If no lines change: either the situation is such that you cannot do anything or change much about it, or there is no need for it and things simply are the way they are.

  If all lines change: this will be a huge or impossible task, it looks as if the entire situation has to be turned over. Hex.6 is not the opposite of 36, it is complementary. A 'time of 36' asks for tremendous efforts if you want to contend.
 (hex.6's 36 Brightness hiding)

  Top line: Maybe a money-belt as reward. Before the end of a morning, 3 times stripped of it. 
Achieving things is great, but don't expect them to last. Happiness has to be created day in day out. Do not want what others want, find what your own soul really wants and needs.
 (hex. 6 its 47 Confined)  Mirror

  Line 5: Contending. Fundamental auspiciousness.
The best way to establish your boundaries is by being an individual, independent. If you are true to yourself and correct to others, you are your own (and others) best advocate. You are the Gong. 
 (hex.6 its 64 Not Yet)   Mirror

  Line 4: Failing to contend. Return and face destiny. Change attitude. Determination about peace: auspicious.
Solve contention by dissolving: return to your road and let loose - then you can f ind what you sought: agreement. Essentially contention is searching for the end of contention. Find it by not contending, which is a shortcut.
 (hex.6 its 59 Dissolve)   Mirror

  Line 3: To feed on ancient virtue. Determination: danger. In the end: auspicious. If following king’s affairs: without accomplishment.
Having earned one's merit is great, but don't make a habit of relying on it. It may help you get an official job, but not achievement. For achieving one has to renew and prove one's value day after day. Even so when one's merits are officially approved
 (hex.6 its 44 Encounter)  Mirror

  Line 2: Failing to contend. Returns and flees to his own town people, 300 families. Without mistake.
Very often battling is a waste of time, even if you are right. Leave the place or mindset and tend to your own business, your people, your heart. It is the wisest thing to do – for everyone. Defer contention until there's actually something worth to be won.
 (hex.6 its 12 Standstill)   Mirror

  Initial line: Do not perpetuate an affair. There are small words. In the end: auspicious.
You don't have to agree for the sake of peace. But you have to stay calm, whatever the situation. Same goes for matters. Don't try big acts, stay calm and look at the small things, and from there to the bigger ones. Make sure you see before you act, something simple which you overlooked might come to the surface.
 (hex.6 its 10 Treading)   Mirror

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