Hexagram 37


Family of man

Family members
Harvest: woman determination

The great image says:
Wind emerges from fire: family
The noble one has substance through words and perseverance through actions



day 5 of a yin moon

   The foundation of a family is economic. Not blood-ties, not love, not sense of duty. All these things can only come to life because there is a foundation and so the family is a family. Love is not strong enough to keep them together. But the pig they raise together, the farm they run, the skills they all bring in.
   When surviving is tough, families are strong. When
people adhere to a conviction or master, the disciples become a strong community together. When an enemy threatens, people become fervent nationalists. Always when people need each other to survive, they become families.
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JIA RÉN. The first character, Jia, is a pig (2) under a roof or in a house (1). There is another old version of this character though which looks like a man controlling or riding on a boar or pig (4). 
The second character, Rén, is a person. 
Jia1, OB: Hall of a temple (with ancestral altar), family, good, proper, wojia is ‘our ancestral temple’. Family, family members, clan, (royal) house, home, family affairs, marry and found family, - of husband, domesticated, capital, family fortune, class, school (philosophy), specialist in. Gong jia: nation. Med.: patient with chronic disease.
Jia4: remove, refuse.


9 at 3: The family people scold with severity. There is regret and discipline. Auspicious. Women and children giggle-giggle. Ends in distress.
When people trust each other, hard words will be no problem. They can be said when necessary, and dealt with in an easy manner. Laughter holds up the heaviest loads, as expression of freedom and life. Respect is a matter of what functions with ease and health. Not too rigid from fear, but with wisdom and joy.
(Changes to hex.42)


Above 9: Inspire confidence, impressing thus. In the end auspicious
Be true, with your common traits and all: maybe you need them too. If you live up to a good cause, a spiritual ideal or perfectionism, you will never accomplish much. But if you mix the good with some down-to-earth common sense, then you succeed. A good family raises its children to high morale, but also to a healthy fighting spirit.
(Changes to hex.63)

6 at 2: Nothing to achieve. In the center is the food. Determination auspicious.
Do what belongs to you and do not seek anything else. And do what the moment asks, even if it is small. Simply filling in one's place seems little but it is one of the pillars of life. But always remember: your duty is you and your people. Do not adapt to what does not belong to you.
(Changes to hex.9)


9 at 5: The king serves the family. Do not worry. Auspicious.
Acknowledge your own clan. A family is a little kingdom when the members are tied together by pride and belief in their community. When family has a ‘king’ who places himself in its service, then it is strong. It can withstand hard times and its members have a safe home.
(Changes to hex.22)

"Serve" see here

Initial 9 : To barricade one's home. Regrets disappear.
A home and a place where you belong create in your heart also a home and place where you belong. Whatever happens, you will never be lost in a big hostile world. Only with trust in yourself you can trust others (and others can trust you), because trust grows in a safe heart.
(Changes to hex.53)


6 at 4: A rich family. Great auspiciousness.
One strong dependable person can be the base of a big family. A family needs a foundation, everyone who contributes to that is worth his weight in gold. The family will survive through hard times, the children will grow up to strong individuals, the members will all feel safe and at home. All these different people need a common base to stand on.
(Changes to hex.13)
The Sabian Symbols for the hexagram-lines
9 at 3 corresponds to c 5: A man dreaming of fairies
As a man dreams, so shall he achieve.
Above 9 corresponds to i 5: A church bazaar
Don't expect angels and saints to pay for the new roof on the church, get practical. 
6 at 2 corresponds to a 5: An automobile wrecked by a train
We are not always aware of what a tremendous effect not only our actions, but also our thoughts, have on our environment (this goes both ways)
9 at 5 corresponds to g 5: Indians rowing a canoe and dancing war dance

Initial 9 corresponds to _ 5: A widow at an open grave


6 at 4 corresponds to e 5: A massive rocky shore
For the meaning of  Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE
A noble man has substance through words and perseverance through actions: can also be translated as: his words have substance and his actions have perseverance. 
Line 2. 'Center food' may be 'inside, cooking'.
Line 3. It says "end distress", and everyone translates "in te end distress". But could it be "end of distress"?
Line 5. 'Serves":
this character is usually translated as nearing, but its old meaning is ‘false, simulate, borrow, imagine’ or bringing a sacrifice to the earth altar. See Harmen's article (Dutch).
Line 6. In the end may be: when winter comes.