I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon


trigram Thunder

Hexagram 40

Jiě, Release the horns

Gua Poem:
Release. Fruitful: west and south. Proceeding without place, one's coming and returning is auspicious. Proceeding probing, dawn is auspicious.

The great image says: Thunder and rain at work: release. The noble one pardons transgressions and is lenient towards crimes.

  Jiě: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.37.

Top 6: The prince shoots a falcon on the top of a high rampart. He hits it. Nothing that does not bear fruit.
To be one with a target means one will inevitably hit it. Arjuna was the greatest archer because he did not see a wall, not a bird, only an eye. He could not miss.
(Changes to hex.64)About this line and its characters see 'origins'

6 at 5: The net-guiding rope of a noble one still leaves freedom. Auspicious. Being true to small men.
A free mind cannot be bound and does not bind others. But everyone will follow him of his own free will. In order to make others listen to you, honor them for what they are, and give them the freedom to be what they are.
(Changes to hex.47)

9 at 4: Release, also the thumb. Partners arrive especially true.
Complete freedom from any thought or action, being here and now and true, means one can really feel and understand the other. Who 'is-not' is completely present and can completely answer to persons, things that happen, words - anything. One creates the life around oneself that one is oneself and others respond to this truth with their truth.
(Changes to hex.7)

6 at 3: Carrying a burden on the back and also riding a carriage. Inviting robbers to approach. Determination: distress.
Learn how to behave in society. If you don’t know what can be done and what not, you will get embarrassed or worse, and you yourself are the only one to blame. At first sight following rules seems less free, but the contrary is true. If you know and employ the right behavior, you dance through the world, and everything will cooperate. If you refuse the lessons, you will step on all toes, and they will step on yours.
(Changes to hex.32)

9 at 2: At the hunt catching three foxes. Acquiring a gold arrow. Determination auspicious.
Correcting the cunning means aquiring what is pure. Not fleeing nor ignoring the danger, but having the guts and wits to face it. Predators chase the weak and fearful, so look everyone honest in the face, without fear.
(Changes to hex.16)

Initial 6: Without fault.
When there is nothing that has to be done, then enjoy having nothing to do. Or do what pleases you. These moments make the balance with all the other moments filled with many things. Not-do is a big talent, at least as big as able-to-do. 
(Changes to hex.54)

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