Hexagram 61


Inner sincerity

Inner sincerity
 Porkers and fish,
Harvest: to wade through the great stream 
Harvest: determination
The great image says:
Winds over the Lake: inner sincerity
The noble one discusses criminal cases in order to delay executions


day 29 of a yin moon

  Do not believe what a man says he is, or thinks he is. But when he is in real danger, then one can see his real nature. Truth does only show when all human things are gone, on the edge of life.
  And when a man has absolute power, he also shows himself. There will be no punishment, so he lets go all restrictions. Few are those who still have ethic when they are mighty.
When you meet someone who stays in style in such circumstances, you know you met a man who can be trusted. You can build on the true kernel.


ZHONG FU: The first character, zhong, is a flag in the middle of a target or something similar: central, middle, halfway. There is a very different other possibility though. In her book "China, empire of living symbols", Cecilia Lindqvist has pictures of drums with a pole through the middle (pages 319-310), at the top with ornaments and at the bottom four feet to keep it upright. On page 324 the character zhong - a picture of a hand drum. It was used if festivities or by tradesmen, but especially in battles. Everyone focused on the sound and movements of the drum in their center, which told them to advance or retreat. It became the symbol for the state, the "middle kingdom".
The second character, fu, consists of a claw (1, 3) grasping a child or small person. Maybe a bird's claw above its young, one meaning is hatching, but another meaning is loot, the things (or boys) armies grasp. 
FU: to hatch, loan for confidence, sincere, verification. Nowadays for loot the radical 'man' or 'road' is added, but in old characters they had these meanings without the specifying radical. Some characters which have fu + a radical have army-related meanings: drumstick, starve.

A bit more on 61 and 62


6 at 3: Finding one's equal counterpart. Some drum, some freeze, some weep, some sing. 
When circumstances are tense, one can see people’s truth. Keep your eyes open, next time you will know beforehand what you can expect of everyone. These are the real lessons about mankind, not only about others, but above all about yourself.
(Changes to hex.9)

Above 9: A drawn-out sound ascends to heaven. Determination pitfall
Do not dissect truth too much in words or ideas. Before you realize it, you live up to great words instead of simple intuition, to beautiful ideas instead of simple experience. Give your emotions a fair chance to live life without giving it names.
(Changes to hex.60)


9 at 2: A crane calling on the shady Northern slope. Its young joins in singing. I have a good wine-cup, I will empty it together with you. 
The roots of every interaction are deep inside. If your words and actions are a true mirror of what lives in your heart, they will be creative and able to stir up a reaction in others. The greatness of an artist is in the first place determined by his faithfulness to his truth, and only secondly by his talent.
(Changes to hex.42)


9 at 5: When one inspires confidence, then one binds. Without fault.
Who is true can also recognize truth in others. He can make real and deep contact, and he can avoid all harmful and needless influences. The ability to find the right people and avoid the wrong ones is one of the greatest assets in life, surpassing the best education, the most abounding riches.
(Changes to hex.41)


Initial 9 : The white tiger: auspicious. When there is a snake, there are no swallows. 
To be true means to be who you are in the place where you are. Then one hears and sees the smallest signs, nothing will escape one's attention, and one will know how to read them. Because you are one with them.
(Changes to hex.59)          About this line and its characters see 'origins'


6 at 4: The moon is almost full. One of the horses pair gets lost. Without fault
The individual and society will never agree completely. In order to stay oneself, one will have to make sacrifices. Set your preferences, you cannot have it all, so decide what is important and what is not. Wanting all that society offers means one loses a lot Self. 
(Changes to hex.10)
The Sabian Symbols for the hexagram-lines
6 at 3 corresponds to c 29: A man gaining secret knowledge from a paper he is reading
Secrets can be known if one opens the right page
Above 9 corresponds to i 29: A prism
9 at 2 corresponds to a 29: A Muse weighing twins
Art comes into being when heart and actions, left and right, are identical. 
9 at 5 corresponds to g 29: A woman reading tea leaves
Initial 9 corresponds to _ 29: Two cobblers working at a table

6 at 4 corresponds to e 29: An Indian squaw pleading to the chief for the lives of her children
Some decisions are a heavy burden on the mind


For the meaning of  Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE
In the story ('Do not believe etc..) I name the man, but for woman and often even children the same is true of course. 
Line 1. The character "white tiger" also means 'guide' or 'precaution', like in hex.3 line 3. It is the 'magic' which an indian guide has: being one with the forest.
Line 2. In Chinese thought, the young of the crane is absolutely obedient to its parent.