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

The image of hexagram 37
Jiā Rén, Family of Man

  Hexagram 37 has trigram Lí, Fire, below or inside, Xún, Wind, above or outside. Xún gives you the choices how to fill in your place in life, Lí makes it clear and ordered and shows it to the world.

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

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

  Lí below Xún: when the base of a person or situation is Lí, there is a clear order. Without that order there is no family, no coherence, just a group. Dedicated family members form a strong household, skilled musicians with their own distinct instrument form an orchestra, Daojia (“Dao family” or “school of the Dao”) is Daoism, the Templars are an 'order' of knighthood. Xún shows this order to the outside world as a coherent whole with a special base and spreads its influence.

Jiā Rén
  The old diviners gave this combination of trigrams a name: Jiā Rén. It is the family of relatives, or the family of like-mindeds. With common needs, ideas or ideals every member can find a niche where she is in her rightful place and supports the whole.

  Ideogram of the hexagram name: the first character, Jiā (top), is a pig under a roof. The second character, (bottom) is a person. Jiā means a 'dwelling': family members living together and where they live, residence, domestically raised, livestock, people who run a certain industry or have a certain identity: wine ~, farm ~, a class of people, eg those who possess a specialized knowledge or experience and engage in certain specialized activities, like sciencists, daoists, violinists, lawyers, the elderly.

  The 'Great Image' says: Wind emerges from fire: family. The noble one has substance in words and perseverance in actions.

  Hex.37 is the contrast of 40, when nothing is predefined, it is the moment itself which decides about the best action.
  Hex.37 is being and acting according to the place in life where you belong and to your abilities.

  The foundation of a family is dedication. Not blood-ties, not love, not sense of duty. All these things can only come to life because there is a solid foundation and so the family is a family. The pig they raise together, the farm they run, the skills they all bring in build strong bonds. When surviving is tough, families are strong. When people adhere to a conviction or master, the disciples become a strong community together. When an enemy threatens, people become fervent nationalists. Always when people need each other to survive, they become families.

last update: 27.07.2022


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