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


trigram Fire

Hexagram 38

Kuí, Squinting

Gua Poem:
Looking askance: small matters are auspicious

The great image says: above is the fire, below is the marsh, squinting. The noble one is similar and yet different.

  Kuí: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is the upside-down of 37: not knowing the ways of things or people makes them scary (38), unlike 37, where they can be so very familiar.
  This hexagram is complementary to hex.39. First learn to know about things or people (38) before you start on the road less traveled. (39).

  Top 9: Squinting and alone. Seeing a pig with mud on its back, a cart loaded with ghosts. At first drawing the bow, later relaxing the bow. No bandit, a marital suitor. Proceeding encountering rain: as a rule auspicious.
Trigram Fire turns into Thunder. Make your looks and actions comprehensible for other people and show your intentions. If they have to guess about you or your aims, they might guess wrong and shoot. Never expect them to accept you just like that, give them reason to trust you.
(Changes to hex.54)  Mirror

  6 at 5: Regrets go away. The clan leader bites through skin. Proceed, how can it be faulty.
Trigram Fire turns into Heaven. When someone you respect shows his sincerity, then trust without hesitance. Meet him, work together, listen to his decisions and let confidence lead your cooperation.
(Changes to hex.10)  Mirror

  9 at 4: Squinting and alone. Meeting an eminent man. Associating truthfully, danger. Without fault.
Trigram Fire turns into Mountain. Sticking to your values means having very few friends, but it will open the door for peers, for people who also guard their values and with whom you can exchange in a meaningful way.
(Changes to hex.41)  Mirror

  6 at 3: Seeing the cart dragged, one's oxen pulled, one's people with bent head and cut off nose. Without a beginning, there is an end.
Trigram Lake turns into Heaven. All people are different. One can make an issue of it, and in the end someone will be injured. One can make a lighthearted repartee and it will be a mutual pleasure. The same starting point, but the outcome depends on the road one chooses, the road of being put in the right or the road of interesting exchange.
(Changes to hex.14)   Mirror

  9 at 2: Meeting the lord in an alley. Without fault.
Trigram Lake turns into Thunder. Meetings, with people or ventures or ideas, don't need to be perfect. A sudden encounter, an informal chat, a silly idea, they can cause the start of something big. Or they are just a little fun, a nice time or an interesting lesson.
(Changes to hex.21)  Mirror

  Initial 9: Regrets go away. Lost horse, do not chase it, it returns by itself. Seeing evil people, without fault.
Trigram Lake turns into Water. Many situations can be solved by waiting instead of action, often even especially then. Do what you want to do, but refrain from reacting. It is not you, who reacts, it is the situation causing you to. And if you suspect someone of doing harm to you, then wait with action until you have real proof. Then you act according to reality, instead of reacting to emotions.
(Changes to hex.64)  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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