Qián's attribute is Heaven
What does it mean, 'inner' and 'outer'?
The trigrams: Qián both inside and outside. This is a time of imagining and making plans before you draw the bluebrints and start building, and to find the right timing. Now is not yet the moment they can be turned into reality. Don't let them slide away though, the right time might come, or you might just need to improve them.
The ideogram is an image of banners in the rising sun. Below left is the sun above the horizon, on top and at right the banners. Probably oxtails or something similar waving from the top of a pole or a high tree trunk in the center of the city, or next to the tent of the general, or carried at the front of the army.
It indicates the commandcenter or center of authority. The waving banner tells the soldiers their leader is present, and where to look for his commands.
The 'Great Image' says: Qián moves: firmness. A noble one owing to his own strength never ceases.
Hex.1 is the contrast of hex.2, which is about practical reality. The laws of Heaven are 'behind' everything practical, they give life its structure. Heaven regulates the time.
Listening to it gives you the right timing. Your life, your body, your mind and your surroundings will be in accord with Heaven's laws.
Heaven's animal is the dragon. The dragon constellation, which moves around the North pole, is like a huge clockhand, indicating the seasons.
the banner in hex.1 (the leader) and a similar one in hex.56
without the ornament on top (itinerant troops)
In the early morning the rays of the sun touch the trees and plants, still wet from the night. They evaporate, as if they breathe. As if spirits with faint rainbow colors are dancing around the trunks of the trees.
The mists travel down along the slopes, toward the valley, where they collect and cover everything. But not for long, when the sunlight reaches down, they disappear.
Every morning the light wakes up the earth, brings it back to life. Every new day is a new creation. Heaven reaches down to the earth, and the earth responds, brings forth, makes life.