I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the sun": © 2000 LiSe

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Sun

Dùn

Heaven
trigram Mountain

Hexagram 33

Dùn, Save your bacon

Gua Poem:
Retreat, expansion. Small fruitfulness: determination

The great image says: The world has mountains: withdraw. The noble one distances himself from small people, without dislike and yet stern.

  Dùn: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.19.

Top 9: Fertile retreat. Nothing that does not bear fruit
Only in retreat the spirit can find its inner riches. Places full of noise and people are never spiritually rich places, but even there one can stay rich if one can stay aloof inside. Sometimes it is necessary to leave a situation in order to find yourself back.
(Changes to hex.31)

9 at 5: Praised retreat. Determination auspicious.
Withdraw to the small area where you are good and where you know the way. No use doing something big and not being able to handle it.
Or: do something well, and after that neither you yourself nor anyone else will begrudge your time of leisure or even laziness.
(Changes to hex.56)

9 at 4: Loving retreat. Noble men: auspicious, small men: stagnation.
Man loves beauty and people, many things attract his heart. To withdraw is not easy, but a grand mind will see it as enrichment, a small one as frustration. With a mind which is free from things, one can make one’s own free decisions and live one’s own life.
(Changes to hex.53)

9 at 3: Attached retreat. There is disease and danger. To keep slaves and concubines is auspicious.
In everything one does or meets, there are lower aspects. Stress, disappointment, misunderstanding, claims. Do not fight them, just retreat from them, untie yourself, let them go and move on. If you have a set of values you can fall back on, it is easier, so make that base solid.
(Changes to hex.12)

6 at 2: Shackle it using yellow ox hide. Under no circumstances will it be capable of getting loose.
Hold on to your true self and to what you see as important. Then you will in all circumstances have the right reaction. Because it will not be formed by the circumstances but by your inner core. There is no law of being consistent towards the world, but to yourself there is.
(Changes to hex.44)  Mirror 33.2

Initial 6: At the tail in retreat, danger. Do not proceed probing!
There is only one way of withdrawing from action: not acting. But it is one of the most difficult things to accomplish. Impulses, instincts, habits, and worst of all: reactions, they all make the limbs move before one realizes it. Make your mind crystal-clear, so it follows only universal patterns. Only then you follow your life.
(Changes to hex.13)  Mirror

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