I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
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  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

The lines of hexagram 47

  For the meaning of Eminent - expansion. Harvest - determination click HERE 
  Line 1: 'tied' and 'confined' are always the same character, Kun, the hex-name. 'Encounter' is present oneself before a monarch; go on a pilgrimage.
  Line 2: A scarlet string is used for a seal, or in older times a stamp. A sign of honor or a tool for a meaningful job. Not clear if someone with that seal is coming, or rank for yourself.
  Line 3: To hit rock-bottom? 'House' is not only one's place, but like one's 'castle'.
  Line 4: 'Coming' is to head for the future. 'Chariot' or wheel or waterwheel - tied to a metal wheel? Wu: a golden cart can mean riches or death. Both terminate regrets.
  Lines 4 and 6: 'Distress' or 'regret' is lines above the mouth: looking sour.
  Line 5: what I translate as 'escape' is a character which means joy or exchange. But the same character is used in hex. 9.3, about the wheel 'coming off'. With a different radical the character means to take off. Probably in the oldest texts there was no radical at all, and the character dui was used, like the name of hex. 58, and in all these uses it included all meanings which were later specified. See hex.58. 'Escape' or shed the oppression, it is taken off.
Red sashes (or Wilhelm: purple knee bands) were worn by ministers.
  Line 6: Say - move - distress (or regret) - have - distress. Lynn translates as 'he should say to himself: "Take steps that you will regret", for even if it means regret, to set forth here will result in good fortune'.
  Line 2 and 5: according to Whincup in line 2 'the red apron of high office is awarded to him' and in line 5 'the red apron of high office is a burden to him'. In line 2 a Heng-sacrifice, and in 5 a Ji-sacrifice.

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