I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe
Jié, the Measure
The great image says: Water at the top of the marsh: limits. The noble one delimits number and measure, and deliberates upon ethical conduct.
Jié: the ideogram and the story (NEW). What does it mean for your question?
This hexagram is complementary to hex.56.
Top 6: Bitter restraint, divination pitfall. Regret disappears.
The spirit should be restrained as little as possible. Fertility needs stimulation, if there isn't any, the field stays empty. Allotted size, space or time are not really important, but light and dark should be without limits.
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9 at 5: Sweet restraint, auspicious. To proceed brings honor.
For safety there have to be rules, and even to guarantee freedom some things have to be restrained. People will gladly accept such rules, and the ruler who makes them is a good ruler.
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4: Peaceful restraint, expansion.
The ability to shield yourself to or from others is essential for both peace of mind and good relations. Don't identify your or their personality with ideas or convictions, so nobody feels attacked in a disagreement.
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6 at 3: Not gathering restraint, the consequence is gathering laments. No fault.
If one's nature is not to restrain oneself, one gets into trouble. Don't lament it too much: it is part of what you are. If you accept yourself, then accept the trouble too.
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9 at 2: Not coming out of the gate of the court, pitfall.
You have your own rhythm and pitch, but if you never play with others you may find yourself off-tune and not able to join in with songs anymore. Do not take habits and opinions (yours or theirs) for granted, but always stay open for the different and new.
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Initial 9: Not coming out of the door to the court, no fault.
Give your actions your own size and do not exceed that. Do not answer to demands or accept values, words, situations or people which do not agree with your own nature.
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