I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
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  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

The image of hexagram 48

Trigram Water

Wind or Wood
  Hexagram 48 has trigram Wind or Wood below or inside, Water above or outside. Wind rules over the inherent quality of things, they way they will grow and behave. Water moves within its borders, but also finds the small cracks through which it can widen its course.

What does it mean, 'inner' and 'outer trigram' (popup)

When trigram Wind is below (popup)
When trigram Water is above (popup)

  Wind below Water: the well was the center of the community. People had to maintain it together, and the water was for all of them. It is the symbol of social cooperation.

  The old diviners gave this combination of trigrams a name: Jing. It means well, spring water, metaphoric law, methodical, set up or divide well fields. Refers to the tombs of ancient princes, and also to burrows drilled for anti-cavity attacks during ancient battles.

  Ideogram of the hexagram name: probably a map of a well in the center of 8 fields. According to Lindqvist it represents the wooden structure at the bottom of the well.

  The 'Great Image' says: Above wood there is water, a well. The noble one encourages the toiling people to stand by each other.

  Hex.48 is the contrast of 21, which is about deciding, choosing.
  Hex.48 does not divide or choose, but accepts all, and urges them to work together for the wellbeing of the whole. It is replenishing and an inexhaustible source, which will benefit all if it is maintained and accepted.
  Water is the soul. If on the outside, it is the soul you share with others. Your empathy, connection, and also their feelings towards you and each other. Wood or Wind is influence, it is the source of the well of your inspiration. If you share a well with others, you can work and live together in harmony.

  Story: Life is 'psychogenic'. If there is an inner spring, everything receives refreshing water. To make life alive, there must be a source. So dig a well, keep it clean and drink from it, then the water will always be fresh and pure.
  Don’t depend on an occasional shower, it works only temporarily, when it is over, everything will dry up again. But a living well never dries up. The source is always there, but the well will only fill if it is being taken care of.
  Never leave the place where your well is situated.

last update: 01.12.2020


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