Jian, blocking - limping
The great image says: There is water on top of the mountain: limping. The noble one reverses his being to cultivate virtue.
The character jian is a picture of a foot and 'block' or 'plug': probably hands with bricks. An inability to move, limping, being obstructed. Like boulders obstructing a river. Water will always find a way out, learn from it.
Jian: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
This hexagram is complementary to hex.38, where everything is unknown and scary. In 39 you need the creativity to embark on an unknown road or make your own.
It is the upside-down of 40, where everything is so easy. Here you have to be creative, nothing is easy.
Top 6: To
proceed: limping. To come: mastery. Auspicious. Fruitful to see great
To live along the common roads is not being alive. To leave them is not easy, but if one is full of anticipation how it might be, then he will find life. "Leave your father and your mother and follow Me".
(Changes to hex.53)
9 at 5: Big limping: partners come.
Do not fear to get stuck, it is always at such moments that someone comes to your aid because there is an opening, like a gap in the market. So let know you can use help.
When things are most awful, the biggest forces arise to conquer them. So don't fear the bad moments, you will find the strength to deal with them.
(Changes to hex.15)
4: To proceed: limping. To come: cooperation.
People do not listen to what they know, they listen to the unexpected, the creative, the new possibilities. If you try to adapt, you will end up alone, but if you are genuine, they will find you, offer their company, and enjoy together with you what you have to offer.
(Changes to hex.31) Mirror
9 at 3: To proceed: limping. To come: reversing.
When your life does not feel good, then turn inward and examine your true feelings. Do you live what agrees with you? Do you have the feelings you want to have, find the meaning in life you seek? Be severe and discard everything you do not want, and go to everything you need. If you are not severe, you will waste a lot of time, maybe even a lifetime.
(Changes to hex.8) Mirror
6 at 2: King's servant, limping, limping. He is not personally the cause.
Ideas can be great, but often they need restriction. Do not feel it as frustration, it may be the only way to make them fit into reality. Without it, they will fly away.
Accept limitations, and go on making your life, in the size which is possible. If you are not allowed to lift your legs when you dance, then create tap-dancing. You have a source, give a form to it, any form the circumstances permit.
(Changes to hex.48)
6: Proceeding: limping. Coming: praise
When your situation feels bad or poor or restricted, then don't turn around to look at it. Go forward, with a bright and clean future before you. This is the way to be full of energy and expectations, to take away the heaviness on your legs and mind and make them swift again. Why carry a past which is not beneficial for you? Even a past which is only a minute ago can freeze everything, so look forward, towards living. If you expect life, life will come.
(Changes to hex.63)