Gua Poem: Obstruction, wrong people. The noble one's divination bears no fruit. The great proceeds, the small comes up.
The great image says: Heaven and Earth do not interact: obstruction. The noble one holds back his virtue and avoids disaster. He does not allow honor by an official salary.
Pĭ: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?
This hexagram is complementary to hex.11.
Top 9: The obstruction is temporary. First obstruction, later rejoicing.
A denial or an obstruction is not necessarily forever. It may just be a temporary necessity. And when things are at the bottom they can only go up again. Then everyone has learned valuable lessons and after dark times everything will look especially bright.
(hex.12's 45 Gathering sharing your issues) Mirror
9 at 5: Relaxed obstruction. Great men auspicious. One's extinction, one's extinction, fasten it to a cluster of mulberry-trees.
A 'NO' doesn't have to be harsh. Often a calm nice way works better, both from the one who issues it and the receiver. Important is to acknowledge its finality. It has to be a clear message, not allowing a way out or endless discussions.
(hex.12's 35 Using opportunities progressing in a free way) Mirror
9 at 4: Having the mandate, no fault. Cultivate brilliance, happiness.
Giving orders is not a question of commanding people, it is in the first place inspiring them. A real leader is not the one in power, it is the one who brings safety, happiness and prosperity, the one who exerts a good influence all around, the one who is supported by the gods. To be that is a life-long responsibility.
(hex.12's 20 Contemplation knowing means responsibility) Mirror
6 at 3: Holding a sheep offering in expiation for a wrong.
Sometimes things stop through simple dumbness. No interest, no care, no love, no understanding. No way to get through that thick fog. The only solution is that the ones who make the fog also remove it. Clear up what you need to, but don’t waste your time on them if they don’t.
(hex.12's 33 Withdrawing free from ties) Mirror
6 at 2: To work under contract. Small men: auspicious. Great men: obstruction for expansion.
When your situation among people is frustrating and you cannot use your wings and neither change it, then don't fret. Sometimes one simply has to adapt, so do it wholeheartedly. Happiness has more value than freedom. In this case those who have no ambitions are blessed.
(hex.12's 6 Contending choosing your battles) Mirror
Initial 6: Uproot Mao-grass, interlaced roots. Gather them together. divination auspicious. Expansion.
When life-energy stagnates and nothing interests you anymore, then start digging. The 10.000 things of the world may be outworn, but they have their roots in universal images. Search for the roots, they will inspire you again. Life needs weeding, then new things find room to grow.
(hex.12's 25 Natural Follow nature and she will assist) Mirror
No lines changing: you can try to do things, but they may fail or even backfire. If there's nothing that should (or can) be done, then this might be a good time to relax and refuel. The Poem and the Image are guides that show you the best way to do that.
Trigrams offer possibilities that the hexagram-texts don't show.