I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe
(see http://www.yijing.nl/YiTarot/44.html )
Temptation is an interesting thing. It could bring ruin, or it might bring something life giving.
Everyone needs challenges, to awaken the senses, in order to feel fully alive. And who knows what may manifest from it? What 44 represents is that which is powerfully attractive to the ego. It can be a person, an event or something you have unwittingly put into train, which takes off out of control and far beyond your plan.
When we build a structure around us to protect us from 'wrong' and 'bad', we can build a solid life. But what we lose then, is our vulnerability to be freely influenced. That means we also lose our creativity and our receptivity to life's impulses.
Gou is dangerous and seductive, it can destroy, but it can also bring the birth of a new creation.
The character represents at right a woman giving birth, and at left a woman. The woman at left has probably been added later. Without her the character would be hòu: empress (the one who gives birth to the heir), (crown-)prince, king, ruler, to come after, behind, god of the earth.
GÒU: good, excellent, meet, run into, encounter, to pair off, copulate, to rival, match with, happen, occur, entertain, receive, treat(ment), luck, opportunity, meeting of minds, win confidence.
See Harmen's article "A Mulan in the Yijing"
The trigrams: Wind below Heaven:
Everywhere under Heaven there is Wind: birth. The prince carries out his mandate, proclaiming it to the four regions.
Wind moves. When it stops moving, it stops being wind. It creates the connection between two places, from here to there, from me to you. Wind can only move between two poles.
Heaven is one, one point, one center. When "two" manifests itself in one single point, something new is born.
Carrying out a mandate cannot be done alone, it needs the connection with the others, the understanding, the influence. The prince "gives directions", a goal, movement.
More about hex.43 and 44 and Harmen about 44