Hexagram 23

The wine skin and the knife

No harvest proceeding probing

The great image says:
The mountain is attached to the earth, Stripping. The high ones make their house peaceful by generosity to the low ones.


day 21 of a yang moon

   Lay bare what is in or behind things. It is dangerous when on the outside it seems all quiet and fine, and one does not know the inside. And when things do not work the way they should, then find out if there is something rotten behind the scene.
   And also: the outside of things decays some day, but if there is a strong and true inside, this will survive and find a new form. The ripe fruit of the top line is not eaten, it will rot away. If there is a noble inside - the seeds - it is an improvement or progress. If there is no good inside - the small man, no seeds - it falls apart and nothing remains.

  BO: According to one theory, the left part Lù (1) originates from a picture of a windlass or winch drawing water for irrigation, which would symbolize good luck (protection of the harvest). 'Altar' might have been added to emphasize the meaning 'good luck' . It can be found carved in good luck charms.
  According to Wieger it is a tree with chopped-off branches, with an axe. An old form of the character looks like that, but I found an older one which looks different. Li LéYi (p.205) and Wang HongYuan (p.116) both show a picture of a hanging sack, with drops falling from it. Wang: a sack for filtering wine. And according to Wu JingNuan there was an alternate old form (knife +) divine: to foretell by cutting away.
  All over the world there was a practice to cut an animal open and 'read' the entrails. So I guess it is a sack or an animal (wine sacks were made of animals too) which was used to separate the essential from the appearance. The wine from the dregs, or the inside information from the outside looks. Together with the radical 'altar' it means good luck, together with 'water' clear. And here, together with 'knife' to peel or flay. My idea is, that the last one refers especially to the reading of omens by flaying an animal.
BO1: shell, peel, flay, skin, cut, pluck, lay bare, to ruin, break. 

See the article on this page by Harmen


6 at 3: Stripping it. Without fault.
To be yourself, living your own life, making your own decisions, you have to break away from all those people (inside or outside) who tell you how to live. Or even without saying anything, expect you to live according to their views. Even if you choose an absurd life - so what? It is your life.
(Changes to hex.52)


Above 9: The big fruit is not eaten. The noble one acquires a sedan chair, the small man strips the hut.
When everything is destroyed, it is the end for a small mind. A great spirit sees an opening for something new, unexpected. There is always the untouched fruit: that faith or inspiration which brings about new life.
(Changes to hex.2)

6 at 2: Stripping the rest(ingplace) by discerning. Disregard the determination: pitfall.
When things are not right, then fight for improvement. Just letting things be may look easier, but if you don't try your luck, it might run away. You are the one who has to shape your life, no one else. That does not imply you should be an egoist, the goal is not having, it is living.
(Changes to hex.4)


6 at 5: A string of fish. Favor through the palace people. There will be harvest.
Do not expect others to recognize your crude self as valuable. It feels kind of humiliating, that you have to show something, instead of just being good enough yourself. But if you can let go of pride, and find your pride in your own heart, the string of fish will also bring good luck to you. Then the fishes are offered as a sacrifice to ones higher authority as well.
(Changes to hex.20)

Initial 6 : Stripping the rest(ingplace) through realism. Disregard the determination: pitfall.
Keep your eyes open for the reality of life. Dreams, expectations and love may make it worthwhile, but when one loses sight on reality, life might hit so hard that it may be the end of all dreams. Mind: this is about the reality of life - personal ideas of logic and justice have little to do with life.
(Changes to hex.27)


6 at 4: Stripping the rest(ingplace) by superficiality. Pitfall.
Living restless, without depth or meaning, life is insignificant and one is prone to irreversible mistakes and faults, and even destruction. Search beyond the outer skin for only there the heart's rest can be found.
(Changes to hex.35)
The Sabian Symbols for the hexagram-lines
6 at 3 corresponds to b 21:   Chickens intoxicated
A glass a day keeps the doctor away
Above 9 corresponds to h 21: A woman disappointed and disillusioned
6 at 2 corresponds to ` 21: A labor demonstration 6 at 5 corresponds to f 21: A child and a dog with borrowed eyeglasses
Initial 6 corresponds to ^ 21: A pugilist entering the ring

6 at 4 corresponds to d 21: A crowd upon the beach
Distraction is fine, as long as it is not chronic


For the meaning of  Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE
Stripping the rest(ingplace) is maybe 'losing one's rest'.
The mountain shows the stuff the earth is made of inside: one can read the entrails of the earth. 

I think 'stripping the bed' means something like losing one's rest. Caused by the feet: a sense of reality (bottom line), insights (line 2), superficiality (line 4). And line 3: to see through people or things, so break away. (supplemented by 52.3: don't suffocate yourself by a perfunctory life)
Line 1. Zu is foot, but in many Chinese words it is used to indicate realism. Bu-zu (not-foot) is 'of no consequence'. In this line the bed is stripped not 'at' the foot, but 'through' the foot, so I thought it was permitted to use this 'realism'-meaning here. 

'One can see sharp with the heart. What is important is invisible for the eyes' (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)