I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe
What does it mean, 'inner' and 'outer trigram' (popup)
Gèn below Xún: Xún spreads messages and influences but according to those it was provided with. Gèn is solid and reliable, so the messages are solid and reliable as well. Very different from Water-messages which result in a hexagram like 59, dispersion, flood. Hex.53 is the image of strong things which take a long time to grow. Or the flight of wild geese, the strongest flyer of all birds, who can be relied on to come back year after year with their partner. It is the image of an ideal marriage.
Water, whirling cartwheels and a woodcutter's axe - water flowing through a groove: a (big) watercourse. Meanings: gradually, by degrees, drop-wise, dredging, beginning, conditions, sequence, growth, right, soon, to arrive, flows, immersion, moisturizing, edification, serious (of disease). Name of the big river Jiàn which flows in a slow and steady way and never stops.
The Image says: On the mountain is wind: Gradualness. The noble one stays in dignity and virtue and improves the customs.
Hex.53 is the contrast of 54, where you have to gracefully adapt to what happens to you.
Hex.53 is about the strength of mind which cannot be deviated from its right course. It moves relentlessly toward its goal, day after day, bypassing every disturbance.