Hexagram 50


The ritual cauldron

The cauldron

The great image says:
Above wood there is fire: the cauldron
The noble one corrects the situation to solidify fate


day 18 of a yin moon

  Thousands of roads enter the great path of Tao. To find such a road means one found one’s Ding. Creating a masterpiece can be such a road, or religion, or a Koan, or even growing beans. But however small one’s Ding may be, it always contains the huge inner storage of spiritual richness. 
  It gives consecration to one’s life, making its size unimportant. And making it invulnerable for any attacks.
  It will be a true life and it will earn a place in the annals of Heaven.

DING: The character represents an ancient cooking pot, but not one for daily use in the house, but to cook food in for a sacrifice to the gods or spirits. 
DING: ancient three-legged round (occasionally four-legged and rectangular) cauldron with two “ear”-shaped handles, pot; cauldron.

More about 49 and 50


9 at 3: The vessel is stripped of its ears. One's moving is blocked. The juice of the pheasant is not eaten. Rain in the region makes regret pass away. In the end auspicious.
Before one can start to accomplish something big, there has to be order in one’s life. From out a mess, neglect, faults or lack of oversight, only a disaster can ensue. First of all, look around you and mend what has to be mended. Examine your intuition, your plans, your tools, the cooperation you can expect and the quality of your helpers.
(Changes to hex.64)


Above 9: The vessel has jade rings. Great auspiciousness. There will be harvest.
Spiritual inspiration is one of the greatest things that can happen to you. It makes every aspect of your life shining, from health to relations, work, appearance, creativity, happiness. Treat it with great reverence, keep it clean and far from anything, which pulls it down. It is healing and holy.
(Changes to hex.32)

9 at 2: The cauldron is richly filled. My companion is afflicted. Not able to reach me. Auspicious.
Who has inner strength cannot be infected, who has a rich mind (or sees his life as rich) knows no envy, a healthy plant has no louse. Life supports life, it makes itself survive. Don't get depressed by a bad situation, your essential riches are inside. 
(Changes to hex.56)


6 at 5: The vessel has yellow ears, metal rings. Harvest: determination.
When all the circumstances and conditions - the womb - are perfect, then and there a strong new life can grow. Revere it, hold it sacred. 
(Changes to hex.44)

Initial 6 : A cauldron with turned-up feet. Harvest: getting out obstructions. Acquire a concubine for a son. No fault.
When things don't work, then don't be afraid to turn them upside down or inside out. Don't spare tradition, holiness or knowledge which yield no result. Even gods have a duty, don't accept one who makes unhappy. 

(Changes to hex.14)


9 at 4: The vessel breaks a foot. The stew of the Gong is overturned, his appearance soiled. Pitfall
When a Ding topples, the owner will be the one who gets soiled. No matter if it was himself or someone else who caused it. So be very careful in deciding by whom or how it will be handled.
(Changes to hex.18)
The Sabian Symbols for the hexagram-lines
9 at 3 corresponds to c18: An Ouija board
Find a way to learn what you need to know.
Above 9 corresponds to i18: A gigantic tent
9 at 2 corresponds to a18: A hen scratching for her chicks
Eternal life is not life without an end, it is living on in new lives.  
6 at 5 corresponds to g18: The Union Jack

Initial 6 corresponds to _18: A woman holding a bag out of a window


9 at 4 corresponds to e18: A woods rich in autumn coloring

For the meaning of  Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE    
Corrects the situation' or uses the correct position. 
Line 1: getting out of obstructions, or getting out obstructions.
Line 2: comrade or mate, or enemy. Afflicted, or having difficulties.