Xiăo Guò, the Small Pass
The great image says: Above mountain is thunder, small exceeding. The noble one exceeds in respect in actions, exceeds in sorrow at funerals, exceeds in thrift at spending.
Xiăo Guò: the ideogram and the story (NEW) What does it mean for your question?
This hexagram is complementary to hex.61.
Top 6: Not meeting him/it. Passing him/it. The flying bird is caught in a net. Pitfall. This is rightly called a calamity and a disaster.
One cannot do everything one wants to do, not even if one has the right to. It has to fit in reality, in circumstances. Stay within the borders of safety, of common sense, of experience - or you will be struck by disaster.
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6 at 5: Shrouding clouds, no rain from our Western fields. The duke hits with a string-arrow over there in a cave.
No rain means no idea or solution. Open your mind. A hunch, a synchronicity, a dream, all these are messages, try to hear and understand them and make sure they will not flee. Like using a string arrow which pulls the prey back to you.
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4: Without fault. Not passing (but) meeting him. To proceed is dangerous, it is necessary to be on guard. Do not use a long-lasting divination.
Panicking and running away from a danger causes often just the opposite: getting deeper in. Be on guard and flexible, evaluate the situation because it is dangerous. But facing it is safer than turning one’s back on it.
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9 at 3: Not exceedingly guarding it, what follows might harm it. Pitfall.
It is important to be very thorough with defending or guarding what you do or want. The slightest neglect can give others a way to harm you. Or things go wrong, a job gets messed up, money shrinks, friends get annoyed. Small defects can cause big problems.
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6 at 2: Passing by one's grandfather. Meeting one's grandmother. Not reaching to one's chief. Meeting his servant. Without fault.
The high road is not always the best road. Playing it safe may give a smaller result, but it is a certain one, and it might even be a road to the bigger result. Follow your own standards, not those of others, the world, or whatever else which is not truly yours.
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Initial 6: The flying bird causes a pitfall.
For cooperation and understanding, and also in order to avoid harm, one has to have a consistent face. Not changing your looks or manners all the time, reacting rash or thoughtless, venturing on something different all the time.
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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.