Sòng, the Gong speaks
The great image says: Heaven associating with water is incompatible movement: contention. The noble one, when he sets up affairs, plans ahead.
Sòng: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
This hexagram is complementary to hex.36.
Top 9: Maybe a money-belt as reward. Before the end of a morning, 3 times stripped of it.
Achieving things is great, but don't expect them to last. Happiness has to be created day in day out. Do not want what others want, find what your own soul really wants and needs. Mirror
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9 at 5: Contending. Fundamental auspiciousness.
The best way to establish your boundaries is by being an individual, independent. If you are true to yourself and correct to others, you are your own (and others) best advocate. You are the Gong.
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4: Failing to contend. Return and face destiny. Change attitude. Determination about peace: auspicious.
Solve contention by dissolving: return to your road and let loose - then you can f ind what you sought: agreement. Essentially contention is searching for the end of contention. Find it by not contending, which is a shortcut.
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6 at 3: To feed on ancient virtue. Determination: danger. In the end: auspicious. If following king’s affairs: without accomplishment.
Having earned one's merit is great, but don't make a habit of relying on it. It may help you get an official job, but not achievement. For achieving one has to renew and prove one's value day after day. Even so when one's merits are officially approved.
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9 at 2: Failing to contend. Returns and flees to his own town people, 300 families.
Very often battling is a waste of time, even if you are right. Leave the place or mindset and tend to your own business, your people, your heart. It is the wisest thing to do – for everyone. Defer contention until there's actually something worth to be won.
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6: Do not perpetuate an affair. Have talk. In the end: auspicious.
You don't have to agree for the sake of peace. But you have to stay calm, whatever the situation. Say what you want to say, but without any contention, and without reacting to contention.
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