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MANY ARROWS IN THE QUIVER

HEXAGRAM 35, JIN
JĖN: The character represents two arrows being put into a container, or on a support, being brought forward, presented. It might be like the saying of having enough arrows in one's quiver. Yet another possibility is: a representation of Kang Hou mating his horses three times a day. In that case it would be a phallus or lingam (two or many) and a vulva or joni.     

     The name of hexagram 35 is a picture of two arrows being inserted into a container. Or maybe being in it. I took the liberty to see the container as a quiver, because that is where arrows usually are kept. Another possibility is: arrows presented as a gift, 'brought forward', hence placed on a support - Karlgren GSR nr.378.
     In the judgment it says 'The powerful prince is honored with horses in large numbers. In a single day he is granted audience three times'.

     A closer look at the characters of this sentence reveals many different things. 'Powerful', Kang, is the name of a younger brother of King Wu. He is Kang Hou, the marquis of Kang (see Marshall 'The Mandate of Heaven'). 
     He did indeed receive a gift of horses, but probably not such a large number. The sentence says: use - gift - horses - multiply - multitude. So the large number came into being by his own doing.
     How? Well, the sentence continues: daytime - sun (or day) - three - mate. The character 'daytime' indicates something delineated by boundaries, so together with day it means 'in one day'. He did it by mating the horses three times a day.

     So if you get hexagram 35 it means a progress that you make yourself. Grasp the chances who present themselves and make the best of them, be alert so you will not miss an opportunity. Look curious and inventive to everything that comes into your life, and always have enough arrows in your quiver. Or make the best use of everything you encounter: not using things up, but multiplying them.

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