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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

The lines of hexagram 25

  For the meaning of Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE
Wàng (woman + extinguish) is incoherent, but rú (woman + mouth) is '-like' or 'as if'. Women were taught (or expected, or maybe only hoped for) to adapt their words fluently to what the man was saying. 'Woman-talk', the way a geisha can move along with men's talk. When rú is added to an action, it moves along with the moment. This is especially apparent when it is used double: in hex.3.2; 14.5; 22.3 and 4; 35.1 and 2; 45.3. In hex.30.4 it is even used in fivefold. 
  'The ancient kings' moved with the seasons, that was the way to make nature yield all that was needed. 
  I looked for synonyms for 'natural', which is closest to my idea about this hexagram. These are the ones which add meaning too: unaffected, spontaneous, genuine, artless, sincere, relaxed, open, effortless, ingenuous, unpretentious.
  Line 2. preparing or maintaining fields: one-year land (new land), three-year land (older land). 
  Line 5. Joy: beat the drum and sing; another meaning: pregnant. Pleasure-herbs: plant + musical instrument (=happy): medicine, drug, but also 'cure', so the sentence might also read 'No cure have joy'
  Line 6. Disaster: by shortsightedness, cloudy eyes. The disaster of line 3 is different (flood and fire): worse but probably not one's own fault. Without probing harvest (nothing furthers) means probably 'no harvest', or 'no use probing', but could it be that doing things without searching for the best way might bring harvest.

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