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

Hexagram 13

Tóng Rén Mankind

Tóng Rén

trigram Heaven
trigram Fire

Gua Poem:
Union of people in the open country, Expansion. Fruitful to wade the great river. The noble one's divination bears fruit

The great image says: Heaven associating with fire: union of people. The noble one classifies the clans and reads the trails of creatures.

  Tóng Rén: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.7. In 13 humanity is united, in 7 it is divided. Don't neglect the other side when you concentrate on one of the two, they need each other. Without 7 mankind will dissolve, without 13, an army or its leader have no cause.

  Top 9: Union of people in the meadow. Without regret.
Recognizing "your own kind" has nothing to do with levels. It is all about being human, and not about high or low, good or bad, rich or poor. So show clearly who and what you really are, and see and accept what others really are, without imposing your own standards. "Out beyond ideas of right and wrong, there is a field. I'll meet you there." ~ Rumi.
 (hex.13's 49 Revolution let everyone do what he can do)  Mirror

  9 at 5: Union of people: first wailing and weeping and yet afterwards laughing. Great legions are capable of mutual encounters.
For relations it is necessary to know where you're at. Make your intentions and feelings known, as soon and as clear as possible. The enemy is always the one you don't know. Talking can turn enemies into friends. Real leaders are capable of meeting with even the worst of enemies.
 (hex.13's 30 Brightness Show what you are and want)   Mirror

  9 at 4: War-chariots against a rampart. Not able to attack. Auspicious
Create strong boundaries and clear ethics for yourself, which cannot be shattered. They are just as essential for good contacts as the ability to be open. You decide yourself when to give your riches to others but you should never let them be taken.
 (hex.13's 37 Family a strong rich home)  Mirror

  9 at 3: Hiding away arms in the thickets. Ascending a high mound. Three years not rising (up again).
Too much self-defense is counterproductive. Try to find the right balance between innocence and suspicion. Neither extreme is healthy, when you manage to walk a self-confident road, you will be at ease with people and with this world.
 (hex.13's 25 Natural innocence)  Mirror

  6 at 2: Union of people at the ancestral temple. Distress.
Restrictions, mores, and cliques - putting people or things in a box - prohibit them to be genuine and true. Simple contacts, flexible, open and casual, make people know and love each other.
 (hex.13's 1 Timing appearing in your own way and time)  Mirror

  Initial 9: Union of people at the gate. Without fault.
Don't rush into relations, but start cautiously. Test your impressions and be wary of nice talk. Only commit yourself when you are entirely sure it is the right thing to do.
 (hex.13's 33 Withdrawing from what is not right for you)  Mirror

  No lines changing: you can try to do things, but they may fail or even backfire. If there's nothing that should (or can) be done, then this might be a good time to relax and refuel. The Poem and the Image are guides that show you the best way to do that.

  Trigrams offer possibilities that the hexagram-texts don't show.

More about the lines and their characters
About Tong, "similar, same kind".

last update: 06.09.2023


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