Hexagram 36


Brightness and Leveling

Hiding Brightness
Harvest: a determination about difficulties

The great image says:
Brightness enters into the earth : hiding brightness. The noble one governs the masses using darkness and also brightness


day 4 of a yin moon

  To be what you really are, to live the life that belongs to you. That is what everybody wants, but most spoil it because they think it is enough to do just that. Open and impulsive they jump into life, only to find out that everything and everybody counteracts.
  Hide your light, so nobody can blow it out. Be careful and modest in everything you do and show, not to evoke obstructions. Do not deny obstructive forces, explore them and recognize them, so you know what measures to take or how to circumvent them.
  When the trees in an industrial region turned black from the smoke, the butterflies turned black too .. and survived.


MING. Sun (2) and moon (1): brightness, clear, intelligent, understand, illustrate, cleanse. 
YI, the second character, is a man with a string-arrow (or maybe just an arrow). 
Ming-Yi is also the sun after sunset, below the horizon: injured brightness. 
YI: b
arbarous tribes on the East; often used for any foreigner. Peaceful, pleased, at ease, level, even, just, common, usual, ordinary. Kill, exterminate, injured. Grades, classes.   
About hex.36


9 at 3: Hiding brightness. At the hunt in the South catching the great head. Not permitting a determination about affliction.
If your mind is low, then go hunting in the fields of Hypochondria – the South, the belly, the domain of emotions. Giving your thoughts a connection with physical sensations may not solve anything yet, but it opens the gateway for recovery. Tangible things attract concrete solutions.
(Changes to hex.24)


Above 6: Not bright, dark. In the beginning climbing up to heaven, afterwards entering the earth.
If you strive always to be on top, your fall may be devastating. One can only know about the light when one knows and accepts the dark too. Enter the dark and you will understand light. First low, then high. That's how things grow healthy and natural. This way the sun creates night and day.
(Changes to hex.22)

6 at 2: Hiding brightness. Injured in the left thigh. Use the strength of gelded horses. Auspicious.
Do not discard or overestimate ominous fore-feelings. Just avoid the points of application for fate. If King Mu had used gelded horses, he probably would not have been injured. Omens can be useful warnings if one listens – or lessons if one looks back at the signs.
(Changes to hex.11)          About this line and its characters see 'origins'


6 at 5: Ji-Zi's Brightness Hiding. Harvest: determination.
Who has a strong inner guideline and does not need the approval or admiration of others can stay himself in all circumstances. Nobody can find a point of attachment for harm. He never has to adapt his heart, but he can let it determine its own course, in freedom.
(Changes to hex.63)

Initial 9 : Hiding brightness. At flight, drooping one's wings. A noble man on the road does not eat for three days. He proceeds probing. The host has comments.
Every action in life knows setbacks, problems, opposition and criticism. Stay on your track but find your way carefully and be wary, avoiding provocation. It is of no use to fight wind or water, but moving along one will reach one’s destination (or even destiny) much easier. 
(Changes to hex.15)


6 at 4: Entering the left belly. Catching the heart of Hiding Brightness. Coming out of front door and courtyard.
When one dares to enter in the depths where fear, danger, unhappiness and obstruction reign, one might defeat them and show up again. As long as they are avoided, unconscious or set aside, they have more power than you.
(Changes to hex.55)
The Sabian Symbols for the hexagram-lines
9 at 3 corresponds to c 4: A chocolate child playing with white children Above 6 corresponds to i 4: Heavy traffic on a narrow isthmus
6 at 2 corresponds to a 4: A cat arguing with a mouse 6 at 5 corresponds to g 4: A party entering a large canoe
Initial 9 corresponds to _ 4: The rainbow’s pot of gold

6 at 4 corresponds to e 4: A youth holding a lighted candle


For the meaning of  Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE
Line 3. 'Determination about affliction' or a hurried determination. The character ji² can be 'disease' or 'fast'.
Emotions are felt in the belly. At the right side the outwards directed ones, they are connected with the liver. When a psychiatric patient complains about bellyache and points to the right side, there is danger he will become aggressive. But if he points to the left side, the side of the spleen, his emotions will attack himself, his own mind.
   Many people have experienced it as falling madly in love, which is a mild version. It can develop into insanity, due to predisposition or circumstances. Most cases of falling too deep in love, depression, nostalgia or desperation do not go off the rails, but all the same they are extremely difficult for the person involved. The lines of this hexagram give clues for avoiding, diminishing or curing this. 
   Of course this hexagram covers more situations than only depression. It speaks of one’s attitude towards the world. One has to look after one’s well-being oneself. One cannot expect others to be nice and often it is better to be prepared for opposition or aggression. Innumerable are the sweet people who have been robbed because they expected others to be sweet too.