Sŭn, the empty cauldron
The great image says: at the foot of the mountain is a marsh: diminishing. The noble one controls anger and restrains passion.
Sŭn: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
This hexagram is complementary to hex.31.
Top 9: Not diminishing, increasing it. Without fault. Determination auspicious. Fruitful to proceed probing. Acquiring servants, without family.
If you are giving towards others, you will create your own family of loyal people. Blood ties are not of your own making, they happen to you. But a bond which relies on a kind heart, on love and compassion, on the ability to give and share, will bring happiness and peace to all involved.
(Changes to hex.19)
6 at 5: Someone's increase. Ten pairs of tortoise and nothing is able to contradict it. Eminent auspiciousness.
The art of increasing another is one of the greatest causes of happiness and good fortune there are. Let go of any fear of decreasing yourself or of being decreased, and you will share together all good things there can be among two people.
(Changes to hex.61) Mirror
4: Diminishing one's afflictions, and sending the message swiftly brings joy. No fault.
If you want contact, then make others want contact with you. Be nice, modest and clean – nobody is waiting for an arrogant, rude or smelly friend. Don’t expect anyone to guess your nice intentions if you do not show them. Being a rough diamond may work nicely in stories, but in real life there is no storyteller who explains how beautiful your inside is.
(Changes to hex.38)
6 at 3: Three people moving, then the rule is decrease by one person. One person moving, then the rule is one finds a friend.
Power always has a source. Anything which happens, needs this strong source. It is great to do things together, but the power will only be strong if there is one person who is this source. Having several sources may work, but not without troubles. Someone leaving, some things not working, no clear results. But if there is this one strong source, others will join, things will happen.
(Changes to hex.26) Mirror
9 at 2: Harvest: determination. To set things right: pitfall. Not diminishing, increasing it.
Get rid of preconceptions, of all 'knowing how things are'. If one expects a miracle, the miracle might actually happen. Even better than expecting it is innocently making it happen oneself, free of any doubt. Believing it is summoning it.
(Changes to hex.27)
Initial 9: Personal affairs, swiftly proceeding is without fault. Consider to diminish them.
Do not become a slave of your duties and not of your wishes. Do what you think you should do, but give people a more important place than your affairs. It is all about increase, and it is only real increase when it includes those around you.
(Changes to hex.4) Mirror