Hexagram 13

Tóng Rén


Union of people in the open country
Harvest: wading the great river
Harvest: a noble one's determination

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


day 11 of a yang moon

   We humans can understand each other because we are of the same kind. Same goes for every category of creatures.
   And in turn we can classify the world around us because things don’t come in single units, they come in kinds and classes and similarities. Thanks to that we can find order in what otherwise would seem chaos.
   We love or fight, help or hate, what looks like us.
It is the base of social feelings and compassion but just as well of cliques and sects. We can recognize who feels similar, and who is clearly different. Among your own kind, you are what you are not.
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TONG2 REN2: Tong is composed of a molding box (1) and mouth or opening KOU3, or maybe object PIN3 (2):  same, alike (same castings: Wang Hongyuan p.106). Or maybe opening + cover, 'fit together' (Karlgren).
TONG2 all, similar, equal, identical, resemblance, together, communion, common, to share, to agree, the same as, identical, and, with, to be associates, to conspire, to act in concord, flow together (rivers), to uniformize measures, systematize, a domain of 100 square li, gathering and audience of feudatory lords every 12 years, the female musical tones. On oracle bones: to perform the Tong sacrifice.
REN2 (3) is man or people


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 size of trust and mistrust. Neither extreme is healthy, when you manage to walk a self-confident road, you will be at ease with people and with this world.

(Changes to hex.25)


Above 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.
(Changes to hex.49)
6 at 2: Union of people at the ancestral temple. Distress.
Simple contacts, flexible, open and casual, make people know and love each other. Restrictions and mores - putting people or things in a box - prohibit them to be genuine and true and to appear like they really are.
(Changes to hex.1)

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.
(Changes to hex.30)


Initial 9 : Union of people at the gate. Without fault.
Real union is only possible when one’s mind is free. Without presumptions, convictions – outside one’s house. The highest degree of freedom is a Buddha-soul, which has no ‘yes’ and no ‘no’ (see Joshu’s dog)
(Changes to hex.33)

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.
(Changes to hex.37)


The Sabian Symbols for the hexagram-lines
9 at 3 corresponds to b 11: Children on a swing in a huge oak tree
You have a place in the overall scheme of things
Above 9 corresponds to h 11: Man tÍte-ŗ-tÍte with his inspiration
6 at 2 corresponds to ` 11: A new path of realism in experience
Look at all sides of any issue. If one side is not permitted to see, you don't see reality.
9 at 5 corresponds to f 11: The lamp of phsical enlightenment at the left temple
Initial 9 corresponds to ^ 11: The president of the country

9 at 4 corresponds to d 11: A professor peering over his glasses
Seeing means not scrutinizing


For the meaning of  Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE
Image. 'Reads the trails of creatures' or: distinguishes or differentiates the beings (things).
Line 3. 'Rising' is lift-up + union (same word as in title of hex.): prosper, rise, -in rank, become popular, encourage, interest. 'Hide' is lie down, the opposite of ascend. 'Ascend' is the same word as the title of hex.46. 

   Contact where one is wanted or used is a job. But contact where one is needed is a life. Even if one is doing exactly the same things.
   A real life together means that everyone brings in greatness. Egoism is small, but a vital necessity is great. Search for possessions is small; the quest for the Holy Grail is great.
   Living together is rewarding if it is mythological. And that is not something far away from everyday life. It is life. The other thing, the small human mind, thŠt is far away from life. It is bad enough that that is called everyday life, because it should not be.