Hexagram 45 and 46
About uniformity and promotion.
The ideogram of hexagram
45 is a uniform and grass. So I think an important meaning might be uniformity. With themes one can keep oversight, if doctors, nurses,
patients and visitors all have their own theme, the hospital is ordered. If they
all look alike, unspecified, or all different, one cannot find one’s way anymore. Things, plants
and animals, all show what they belong to, and thus they give structure to the
People who have a common view, goal, belief or hobby can gather because they recognize each other. As a group they have powers and possibilities not granted to the loner. They often wear uniforms to increase their unity, and thus their power. People want to belong, and a common uniform is the most visible way to do so. The danger of this need is, that they also wear the uniform ideas of the group, which are not restrained by a personal conscience. They can be high and idealistic – or the most dark, dangerous and demoniac mankind can devise.
45 Refers to the gathering at the ancestral temple to worship the dead. Sacrifices nurture the dead, and the influence of the spirits nurtures the living. It makes spiritual coherence, because all belong to the same background.
I gathered several
or compounds with cuì
(gather) or zú (servant, to die), which is 'gather'
without the grass radical. See the small Chinese characters in the picture above
(bottom left of the picture).
1 Mawangdui: zú, soldier, private; pawn; servant; finally; finish; die
2 (stone-servant) smash to pieces
3 (wine-servant) drunk
4 (disease-servant) overworked
5 (day-servant) cycle; anniversary.
6 (essence gather) cream; pick; essence.
7 (gather obtain) [chem.] extract
8 (assemble gather) assemble; come together (of distinguished people or exquisite objects)
9 (collect gather) treasury; collection of the best (see 10)
10 (rice-servant) pure, unadulterated
coherent collection, like soldiers, peers, gems, a team, extract. All answering
to the same standards. No personal ideals or status, here coherence is more
to hex. 45
Hexagram 46 is a picture of a measure, probably used most of all for rice. Every official position was measured in sheng per month (or day or week, I don't know), higher position, more sheng. So it is about wanting to be a valued member in a group and to stand out among one's peers, but without losing the contact with the group. It is striving up, which can be positive, finding one's rightful place in the hierarchy, or negative, using elbows or worse.
or compounds with
1 Mawangdui: deng (feet-pedestal) climb, ascend; mount, publish; record, harvest, pedal, step on. It is composed of two feet and 'pot-of-beans' or 'drum', but here with the meaning 'pedestal'.
2 (tree ascend) capital (on pillar), horizontal bar of balance.
3 (surpass ascend) promote specially, (Budd.) ascend to the Western Paradise
4 (initial ascend) rising (sun/etc.)
5 (transmit ascend) rise/increase progressively
6 (ascend level) peace
7 (return ascend) rise again (after a fall); pick up
8 (ascend mark) (mus.) sharp
9 (ascend magnificent) (phy.) sublimate, raise to higher level, distillation
Climbing up, not only by going step after step, but with a goal. Or having
climbed, with an accomplishment. A sacrifice to set the measures and times
right… sheng is important for the time ahead, not just for one single goal.
to hex. 46