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

Hexagram 17

Suí, following, hunting


Trigram Lake
trigram Thunder

Gua Poem:
Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination. Without fault.

The great image says: In the center of the marsh is thunder: Following. The noble one, towards nightfall, goes inside to eat and relax.

  Suí: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.18.

  Top line: Embracing it and relating to it. Therefore netting it. The king offers a Heng-sacrifice at the Western Mountain.
 If you are one with what you want, you will get there. If your belief is strong enough – in it, in you – gods and kings will recognize you.
(Changes to hex.25)   Mirror

  Line 5: Truth in excellence. Auspicious.
 Everybody is able to surpass the restrictions of his human life. When one resonates to higher things, one can make them part of life, and thus give life an essential meaning. One needs a form to exist, but it does not have to be a small form.
(Changes to hex.51)  Mirror

  Line 4: Following to win. Determination pitfall. Be sincere on your road, use intelligence. Why would you feel at fault?
Good hunting means being a good hunter. Catching the prey is just part of it. In everything one does, it is the sincerity and skill which counts, not the goal. Living life means living right now.
(Changes to hex.3) Mirror

  Line 3: Related to the big man, losing the small child. By following one obtains what one seeks. Fruitful to determine about settling.
 Follow what you see as big and valuable, and do not regret the small you have to leave behind. Dedication will reach its destination and find its fulfillment.
(Changes to hex.49) Mirror

  Line 2: Related to the small child, losing the big man. 
 One can fulfill one life. As long as the small is possible, the big cannot be found. So live the small. Honest small might be bigger than you think. To follow higher aims is not a question of ability, but of impossibility to follow anything else. And if what you are is not enough for you, you might end up with nothing at all.
(Changes to hex.58)  Mirror

  Initial line: The standards are changing. Determination auspicious. To come out of the gate and interact brings achievement.
 Who stays inside does not notice the world is changing. He stays behind and loses his ability to bring about things. Weave the patterns of the time into your life, in order to understand your time and be understood. 
(Changes to hex.45)  Mirror

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last update: August 11, 2019


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