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

Míng Yí

trigram Earth
trigram Fire

Hexagram 36

Míng Yí, Wounding Brightness

Gua Poem: Míng Yí. Fruitful: divination about difficulties.

The great image says: Brightness enters into the earth : hiding brightness. The noble one governs the masses using darkness and also brightness.

  Míng Yí: the ideogram and the story. (NEW) What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.6. In 36 one cannot claim any right, in 6 one knows one's rights. Don't neglect the other side when you concentrate on one of the two, they need each other.

Top 6: Not bright, dark. In the beginning climbing up to heaven, afterwards entering the earth.
If you strive always to be on top, your fall may be devastating. One can only know about the light when one knows and accepts the dark too. Enter the dark and you will understand light. First low, then high. That's how things grow healthy and natural. This way the sun creates night and day.
(Changes to hex.22)  Mirror

6 at 5: Ji-Zi's Brightness Hiding. Fruitful: a divination.
Who has a strong inner guideline and does not need the approval or admiration of others can stay himself in all circumstances. Nobody can find a point of attachment for harm. He never has to adapt his heart, but he can let it determine its own course, in freedom.
(Changes to hex.63)  Mirror

6 at 4: Entering the Eastern Central Plains. Catching the hearts of the destructive suns. Come out of front door and courtyard.
When there is too much light, it is blinding. So diminish it or find someone who can. Don't remove it entirely, you need the right balance. Don't blind the other but don't let yourself be blinded either. Talking or contact solves more than force.
(Changes to hex.55)   Mirror

9 at 3: Injury to the eye at the hunt in the south, catching the great leader. Not permitting a divination about affliction.
 Discovering the reason for something wrong you did not know, could not find or were not able to do is the first step, but you need to persevere to follow up on your insight. Don't bother about not seeing it before, maybe the spirits did this.
(Changes to hex.24)   Mirror

6 at 2: Hiding brightness. Injured in the left thigh. Use the strength of gelded horses. Auspicious.
Do not discard or overestimate ominous fore-feelings. Just avoid the points of application for fate. If King Mu had used gelded horses, he probably would not have been injured. Omens can be useful warnings if one listens – or lessons if one looks back at the signs. About this line and its characters see 'origins'
(Changes to hex.11)   Mirror

Initial 9: Hiding brightness. At flight, drooping one's wings. A noble man on the road does not eat for three days. He proceeds probing. The host has comments.
Every action in life knows setbacks, problems, opposition and criticism. Stay on your track but find your way carefully and be wary, avoiding provocation. It is of no use to fight wind or water, but moving along one will reach one’s destination (or even destiny) much easier.
(Changes to hex.15)   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.

More about the lines and their characters

last update: 07.09.2023


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