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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Sun

The lines of hexagram 55

  Judgment: for the Yi-sacrifice see Marshall's excellent book 'The Mandate of Heaven' (page 'books'): "In the Feng-ceremony King Wu requested blessings from heaven".
"Serve" see here
  Line 1. 'Affined' or: one's equal lord, related, kindred, congenial, allied. 'Ten days" was the usual period for a divination: for the coming ten-day week.
  Line 2. Fa is the personal name of King Wu (see Marshall).
  Line 4. 'Barbarian lord', Lord of Yi, border lord or a lord who is one's equal. This line changes to hex.36, which has the same character Yi in its name! This lord Yi was a war-lord, it was important to have him as an ally (see Marshall). Everyone who was not from one's own people was "yi".
  Line 5. 'Composition' or rules, clarity, a badge, pattern. According to Rutt it is a jade baton, an emblem of distinction.
  Line 6. 'See' is get audience, see face to face.

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