I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

The lines of hexagram 26

  The noble one accumulates or: increases, nurtures. The ideogram of virtue or morality, DE, = go + straight.
  Line 1. The snake means 'danger', but this character is a picture of a snake. 'Harvest: to stop' or 'The harvest is finished'. 
  Line 3. Hardship: a picture of a man with back-bound hands. A hardship determination: to keep one's integrity despite difficulties. 'Daily' can also be sun or to say. 'Young cattle's stable' or: head-board of a young bull or other cattle.
  Line 5. In ancient times pigs were brought up with beautiful tusks. The upper ones were removed, so the lower ones grew in a circle, sometimes even several circles. Poor pig, it was agony, the tusks often grew back into its face, and eating was very difficult, so it was meagre and skinny. The tusks were symbols of the moon crescent. The number of these pigs a man could offer in the course of his life decided about his welcome and status in the afterworld. 

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