Hexagram 59


The flood

Gua Poem:
Dispersion, expansion
The king serves the temple
Harvest: wading the great river
Harvest: determination

The great image says:
Winds blowing over the waters: flood
The ancient kings presented offerings to the Lord and established temples


day 27 of a yin moon

  A flood destroys all the old structures, paving the way for a new, fresh and as yet clean life, open for new possibilities.
  For a life with an open gateway to the cosmos, mans mind needs deluges. Dissolving all the rigid structures, like opinions, prejudices, ties, obligations. They all give a feeling of security, but they restrict, narrow down, reduce, and take away the essential deep security of universal openness.
  Having to save ones life puts many other things back in the place where they belong, often even completely out of sight. More about 59 and 60

"Serve" see here

HUN: At the left side of the character water or a river, at the right side a character meaning lively, excellent, gay, beautiful. It is a drawing of a man (1), at the entrance of a cave (2), looking sharp around (3: a big eye) with a stick in his hand. The old form is the smaller character above (1). The way this right side was written later, like in the character at the top, means looking sharp at something while passing it from hand to hand (like in a market). 
HUN: disperse, expand, scatter, ample.


6 at 3: Disperse oneself, no regret
Do not get hooked to what you represent, that is the wrong way of believing in yourself, because it is believing through others eyes. Let your self-image go. Only then can you follow your heart and live your true life, because you are free.
(Changes to hex.57)

Above 9: Dispersing one's blood. Departing, being far, going away, no fault
Let go of fears, preconceptions, expectations. Give everything the space to be what it is, don't make yourself part of it, changing it to your own size and ideas. Things happen - so let them happen. Fears and rules make them more difficult than they need to be.
(Changes to hex.29)


9 at 2: Dispersion, heading for one’s chance. End of regret
One can immediately recognize and grasp chances if the mind is versatile, open for anything. One sees what one expects to see, so expect everything in order not to miss anything. When everything is in chaos, then you can only rely on your survival instincts, your 'luck', your own wits, 'something' inside yourself which makes you find a way out.
(Changes to hex.20)          About this line and its characters see 'origins'


9 at 5: Imperial edicts, great cries. Flooding the kings residence, no fault.
Don't bother too much about all those big things happening around you, take care of your life and needs according to your own ethics. Very often the rest will follow. Trying to answer to something else, which lies beyond your immediate understanding, will seldom bring any solution. Your own simple, direct view is often the clearest one.
(Changes to hex.4)
Initial 6: Benefit of the force of a gelded horse. Auspicious.
Much better than solving problems once they happen is dissolving them before they get a chance to happen.
Stay within the scope of your abilities, moving beyond your natural space or allowing things to be bigger than you actually can handle is the main reason for things to go wrong.
(Changes to hex.61)

6 at 4: Disperse one's group, great auspiciousness. Dispersion finds accumulation. Common people would never think of this.
When a group has no strict rules or borders, no dogmas, it is open for many people. Trust others to take responsibility themselves, and reckon with their way of thinking, then existing contacts will improve, and many new contacts are made possible
(Changes to hex.6)


The Sabian Symbols for the hexagram-lines
6 at 3 corresponds to c 27: Grande dames at tea
Being grand means being it everywhere and always.
Above 9 corresponds to i 27: A harvest moon
9 at 2 corresponds to a 27: A storm in a canyon
Sure makes you grasp anything you can hold on to.
9 at 5 corresponds to g 27: A mountain pilgrimage
Initial 6 corresponds to _ 27: A squaw selling beads

6 at 4 corresponds to e 27: A military band on the march
Soldiers do not join the army for fighting but for the uniform and the music.


For the meaning of  Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE    
Line 1 Sabian: Squaw is a term of abuse. My excuses for this. In the time when these symbols were made, nobody knew this. Even now hardly anybody knows.
Line 2. Or: 'A flood - grasp your chance! It will end regret'. 
Line 4. One's group is flooded... There are hills in the flood. No foreign tribes, a place to think.
Lynn: in a time of dispersion, there is a mountain of unsettled thoughts.  
Line 5. 'Floods of perspiration' is also
an imperial edict as perspiration once produced cannot be recalled, so an edict cannot be revoked (Mathews' 2252).
Line 6.
blood: sorrow or family ties.

For solving things, to seek a solution is usually not the best option. Dissolution works better. 

The primal beginning of Chinese (for me at least):
Ages ago, long before I ever dreamed of translating Chinese, I came across a little column in a glossy. It was about a Chinese word, crisis, which was a combination of chance and danger. It was a very enlightening way of seeing crisis, and it aroused my interest in a language in which this was possible.

When I got Ritsema I realized it could indeed be done: translating.
I never came across this crisis, but slowly I worked my way through the Yi, and close to the end, in hex.59, I came across a word meaning chance.
In 59.2, the 4th character is usually translated as support or table. The character shows only wood and table, it looks alike in fullform and in simplified. But the simplified one can also indicate another character in fullform, and in the two Chinese Yi's in my possession there is this other character.

It is ji1, in Mathew's nr. 411, and in Far-East nr.2605. It is an interesting word: the moving power of ... TianJi is the influence of heaven, the bent of a man; XinJi is powers of the mind, devices of the heart.
Another meaning is opportunity, chance.

So 59.2 is: A flood .. flee to an opportunity.
In the MawangDui there is still another character, jie1, a flight of stairs, or to rely on..: flee to something with steps one can climb on.