I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
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  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Dà Chù

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Hexagram 26

Dà Chù, Cultivating the great

Gua Poem:
Cultivating the Great. Fruitful to divine. Not eating at home, auspicious. Fruitful to wade across the great river.

The great image says: Heaven in the center of the mountains: Cultivating the Great. The noble one knows many former words and deeds and proceedings, in order to accumulate his virtue.

  Dà Chù: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.45.

Top 9: How about Heaven’s highway? Expansion.
 Usually insight and wisdom do not come to the neat and decent people, but to those who are very much alive. They are the ones who defy things, first of all the forms that sneak into their own life. Forms are like walls and doors and fences, shutting out the universal. Sages do not walk down the garden path, they will not settle for less than the Milky Way, the road of the gods.
(Changes to hex.11)   Mirror

6 at 5: A gelded pig’s tusks. Auspicious.
 When you create something, or want something to happen, you need to give it a solid base right from the start, which keeps your work safe from danger, damage, enemies, lack of materials or small errors which might be a problem later.
(Changes to hex.9)  Mirror

6 at 4: Young bull's horn-board. Eminent auspiciousness.
 When a young bull learns the effect of his horns, he will also learn to use his aggressiveness. It will become part of his mental makeup. It is the same with everything you do. Don't give it a chance to develop faults, because removing them later will be very difficult.
(Changes to hex.14)   Mirror

9 at 3: Fine horses for pursuit. Harvest: divination about hardship. Daily making fences, making carts, patrolling. Fruitful to proceed probing.
 If you acquire something beautiful or precious, you also acquire the worries, duties and care that go with it. Accept them as being part of it, do not see them as negative but as essential parts of your life. A careless life without possessions can be alluring, but a life with care and possessions, and the ability to cope with them, is complete.
(Changes to hex.41)  Mirror

9 at 2: The carriage loses the axle-strap.
 Even mishap can be a valuable part of your life. Except of course if you only see it as a cause for irritation or anger. Accept it as part of reality, or as a challenge which can make life more interesting, or as an unexpected moment of rest. As a cause for fun, for play or a break out of a rut. 
(Changes to hex.22)  Mirror

Initial 9: There is danger. Fruitful to stop.
 Knowing when to stop is as important as knowing when to go on. One missed stop might mean the end of your project.
(Changes to hex.18)   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.

  The Trigrams offer possibilities that the hexagram-texts don't show.

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last update: 07.09.2023


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