Guài, The speaking staff
The great image says: The Marsh is above Heaven: resoluteness. The noble one gives a salary to those below, he stays in virtue and so aloof.
Guài: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
This hexagram is complementary to hex.23.
Top 6: Without crying out. In the end there is a pitfall.
When others trust you or rely on you, you are obliged to be open and straightforward. Tell them your plans, actions or decisions. And be open to theirs. Same goes for yourself and your own tao: listen to the universe, do not deceive yourself, forget your own ego. Be open to yourself and to the gods.
(Changes to hex.1) Mirror
9 at 5: Amaranth land. Very resolute. Move central. Without fault.
Sometimes one cannot afford a wrong decision, and yet a choice has to be made. Then one needs all the powers of action and expression one has, but also it is important to avoid extremes, to weigh carefully all sides.
(Changes to hex.34) Mirror 33.2
4: The buttocks without skin. One moves poorly now, leading a goat. Regret goes away. Hearing the words, no belief.
Giving one’s opinion is not always the wisest thing to do. The decision is yours, but think before acting. Very often an opinion causes only a lot of trouble and nothing else. But having one, it is very difficult to see this.
(Changes to hex.5)
9 at 3: Vigor in the face has pitfalls. The noble one is very resolute in moving alone. Encountering rain, overwhelmed by soaking, meeting displeasure. Without fault.
To be unique is to be never understood. To be unique is to be alone. You are the only person in the world who can be you, so you have to do it all by yourself. Everyone else will make you something else
(Changes to hex.58) Mirror
9 at 2: Fear and cries in the evening and night. There are weapons. Do not worry.
When you prepare yourself, you can defend yourself against attacks, and very often you will not even need to worry about anyone trying to. Even fate has respect for the one who is prepared, and does not easily hit him. When a tribe sets up camp, they post sentries so the rest can sleep.
(Changes to hex.49) Mirror
Initial 9: Vigor in the advancing toes. Not mastering proceeding one causes distress.
Every step is important. It is not just one step in a row of steps, every single one is a Step. Every part should express the whole. One wrong word can ruin a book, one expression can ruin a relation, one thought can ruin a life.
(Changes to hex.28)