Hexagram 34


A man of stone

Great vigor. Harvest: determination.

The great image says:
Thunder up in Heaven: great vigor
The noble one will not tread a path without ritual


day 2 of a yin moon

   God made man from clay. He blew life into him.
   But man prefers to be a stone, so he bakes himself into a brick, strong and invulnerable. Rigid and square, a foundation that supports the building of mankind.
   God never had a building in His mind, just life.
   If man stays the life he essentially is, his strength will be alive too, never rigid but able to cope with every challenge. 


D ZHUNG: The first character, d (1) is a big man, meaning big. The second, zhung (old way of writing it: 4), is composed of 'left half of a tree' (bn, 2), a plank, bed, stiff, strong. The other part of zhuang (3) is a 'scholar' nowadays, but originally this character was a phallus or maybe a weapon, and indicated any impressive man: warrior, officer and such. 
If the left tree-half is written reversed then it is the right tree-half pin, and it means a slice of wood. It might be they were originally not mirror images. This left half was a mould for making bricks, and the 'scholar' was earth, which is written almost the same. But this is not certain, and the phallus fits very well in the meaning of this hexagram.
D ZHUNG: robust, magnificent; majestic; strong; sturdy, in the prime of life, make better/stronger, member of the Zhuang people. 
Photo of the moon: Michael Myers www.netaxs.com/~mhmyers


9 at 3: Small people use vigor. The noble man uses nets. Determination: danger. The he-goat butts a hedge, entangles its horns.
To acquire or accomplish something, one has to make all the preparations and then take a strategic position. No further action is necessary if one casts ones net in the right way and the right place. The sage wishes only what comes swimming in his net.
(Changes to hex.54)

Above 6: The he-goat butts a fence. Not able to retreat, not able to push through. No ground for harvest. Hardship is as a rule auspicious.
One needs difficulties in order to gather experience. Learning the hard way is usually the one which makes most impression. One has to measure ones strength, control one's courage or self-will, judge a position. Hardship is necessary to build up character.
(Changes to hex.14)


9 at 2: Determination auspicious.
If one has power inside, one has no need of proving it. Having power is not a matter of exerting it, but of being it. The strength to make your own mind true and positive in all circumstances is a greater power than having power over someone or something else.  
(Changes to hex.55)


6 at 5: Losing sheep at Yi. Without regret.
Not everything can be prevented. Sometimes something is at the wrong moment at the wrong spot. Dont fuss too much over it, one cannot bring life to perfection. Sometimes one has to take risks, other times one has to accept.
(Changes to hex.43)

Initial 9 : Vigor in the toes. A rectifying expedition: pitfall. Inspire confidence.
Doing things right is man-made and like all human structures it has the inherent danger of getting out of control. Some aspects are uncontrollable, others so much controlled that they will run wild some day.
Be true to yourself and others, then your strength will be exactly right, never too much, too rigid or too restricted.

(Changes to hex.32)


9 at 4: Determination auspicious. Regrets disappear. The fence breaks open, no entanglement. The vigor of a big cart's axle.
Sparingly used power brings the greatest results. Forcing a matter will mess up things and waste forces. Use whatever possibility presents itself, use levers, pull strings, get a hammer instead of using your fist. There are many ways of making a big power from a little force.
(Changes to hex.11)
The Sabian Symbols for the hexagram-lines
9 at 3 corresponds to c 2: A large white cross upraised
Just to remind you how much can  be accomplished without using power
Above 6 corresponds to i 2: A squirrel hiding from hunters
9 at 2 corresponds to a 2: A man suspended over a vast level place
Not choosing a stand or a limited space is power without limits. 
6 at 5 corresponds to g 2: Three stained-glass windows, one damaged by bombardment
Initial 9 corresponds to _ 2: An electrical storm

9 at 4 corresponds to e 2: A broken bottle and spilled perfume


For the meaning of  Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE
Line 4 and 6. 'Fence' or hedge.