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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

The image of hexagram 28


Trigram Lake

Trigram Wind
  Hexagram 28 has trigram Wind below or inside, Lake above or outside. Wind has to do with your blueprint or fate, the way you influence your life. Wind is also the relentless movement of time. Lake is society, the connection and exchange with others.

What does it mean, 'inner' and 'outer trigram' (popup)

When trigram Wind is below (popup)
When trigram Lake is above (popup)

  Wind below Lake: things never stop anywhere, they move on an on. They come up, arrive at their fullest potential, and go down again. It is useless to fret about this decline, it is an essential part of the entire universe. Make the best use if it, accept it for what it is and acknowledge its worth. In society old age has a big value. Maybe your strength will lessen, but your wisdom has grown. Every situation has its rise and decline, and every phase has its own value.

Da Guo
  The old diviners gave this combination of trigrams a name: Dà Guò. 'Da' is big or great. Guo means pass, tide, pole, past, exceed, surpass, excessive, too much, very much, mistake. negligence, metastasis. After a verb it means that some behavior or change has happened, but it has not continued to the present. ‘Big trespass’: serious transgression.

  Ideogram of the hexagram name: the first (upper) character is a big person: big. The second character is a foot on a road and a skeleton over a mouth: a distorted mouth. A description of passing over a mouth or cleft in a mountain.
  Dà Guò is a big mountain-pass, it means to go beyond the limit, surplus. A passing which is usually irreversible. It is used for serious transgressions, especially regarding rules, like in a school or army. But also in a positive sense: surpassing others with an asset. Better or smarter. Another meaning is to transfer accounts and the transition from active life to old age.

  The 'Great Image' says: a marsh over the trees (or Wind below Lake): Great excess. The noble one stands alone without fear, retreats (or retires) without melancholy.

  Hex.28 is the contrast of 27, which is about sustaining and supporting life.
  Hex.28 is the change from active life to retirement, or peak to decline, or any inevitable change in life, and accepting it.

   Life is a cycle. It begins, it grows, and it goes down again. To make life a straight road to a distant future is a desperate attempt of the human mind to make it never-ending. It will not help – inevitably it will go down some day.
   But if man accepts going down is a substantial, important and good part of life, not a decline but an indispensable phase, then he makes his living days twice as many.
   Do not live like an out-of-date man or woman, live like a grand old gentleman, a grand old lady. Without regret or fear, but with the riches of wisdom and experience.
   This applies to everything, to enterprises, feelings, popularity. In everything all phases are important.