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

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Sun

Dà Zhuàng

trigram Thunder
Heaven

Hexagram 34

Dà Zhuàng, A man of stone

Gua Poem:
Great vigor. Fruitful to determine.

The great image says: Thunder up in Heaven: great vigor. The noble one will not tread a path without ritual.

  Dà Zhuàng: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.20.

Top 6: The he-goat butts a fence. Not able to retreat, not able to push through. No ground for fruitfulness. Hardship is as a rule auspicious.
One needs difficulties in order to gather experience. Learning the hard way is usually the one which makes most impression. One has to measure one’s strength, control one's courage or self-will, judge a position. Hardship is necessary to build up character.
(Changes to hex.14)  Mirror

6 at 5: Losing sheep at Yi. Without regret.
Not everything can be prevented. Sometimes something is at the wrong moment at the wrong spot. Don’t fuss too much over it, one cannot bring life to perfection. Sometimes one has to take risks, other times one has to accept.
(Changes to hex.43)  Mirror 33.2

9 at 4: Determination auspicious. Regrets disappear. The fence breaks open, no entanglement. The vigor of a big cart's axle.
Sparingly used power brings the greatest results. Forcing a matter will mess up things and waste forces. Use whatever possibility presents itself, use levers, pull strings, get a hammer instead of using your fist. There are many ways of making a big power from a little force.
(Changes to hex.11)

9 at 3: Small people use vigor. The noble man uses nets. Determination: danger. The he-goat butts a hedge, entangles its horns.
To acquire or accomplish something, one has to make all the preparations and then take a strategic position. No further action is necessary if one casts one’s net in the right way and the right place. The sage wishes only what comes swimming in his net.
(Changes to hex.54)

9 at 2: Determination auspicious.
If one has power inside, one has no need of proving it. Having power is not a matter of exerting it, but of being it. The strength to make your own mind true and positive in all circumstances is a greater power than having power over someone or something else.
(Changes to hex.55)

Initial 9: Vigor in the toes. A rectifying expedition: pitfall. Have truth.
Doing things right is man-made and like all human structures it has the inherent danger of getting out of control. Some aspects are uncontrollable, others so much controlled that they will run wild some day. Be true to yourself and others, then your strength will be exactly right, never too much, too rigid or too restricted.
(Changes to hex.32)

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