Xí Kăn, the teachings of danger
The great image says: flowing waters reach the goal: Repeated Pit. The noble one moves according to principles and virtue, he uses repeating to teach practice.
Xí Kăn: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
This hexagram is complementary to hex.30.
Top 6: Tied with cords and ropes. Shut in between dense thorns. Three years acquiring nothing. Pitfall.
If one tries to make life unassailable, it disappears. Its most important quality is its vulnerability, changeability. Give it a solid base, but upon that, make it alive, delicate, new every day.
(Changes to hex.59) Mirror
9 at 5: The pit does not overfill. The earth-spirit is already calm. Without fault.
If you create your life within the scope of your abilities, it will be strong. Problems will not exceed it, because the things you tackle do not exceed it. All is carved out within the one piece of stone you have got for creating a life. Don't waste any of it on worry.
(Changes to hex.7) Mirror
4: A flask of wine, a platter added, using earthenware. Received handed in from the window. At the end no fault.
Even in a dungeon one can live if one is able to pick up the smallest signs of friends. Knowing they think of you, they love you. As long as there is one tiny opening in your mind, any sign of anyone can make life go on.
(Changes to hex.47) Mirror
6 at 3: Throbbing sounds are coming. Risks, and also stuck. Entering the tunnels. No benefit.
The depth of things or souls often contain secrets. Listen well if they come knocking, then examine them carefully. Some are beneficial, some are harmful. Make the right choice, but never let them roam around unscrutinized.
(Changes to hex.48) Mirror
9 at 2: The pit has risks. Seek small achievement.
It is all about the first step out of trouble. After the first step the path shows itself. So don't try from the beginning to manage it, just take the first step.
(Changes to hex.8) Mirror
6: Repeated pit, entering the pit's trap fall. Pitfall.
Do not become the difficulties yourself, stay on your own path. If you feel bad because a situation is bad, then you are in two pits. Do not permit yourself to become anything else but you.
(Changes to hex.60) Mirror