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. 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.
(Changes to hex.56)
6 at 5: Shrouding clouds, no rain from our Western fields. The duke hits with a string-arrow over there in a cave.
When nothing seems to work and no ideas will come, then try something, make a guess, everything is better than freezing. Risk a shot, you might hit something, but if you get paralyzed, you will stay stuck.
(Changes to hex.31)
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 determination
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.
(Changes to hex.15)
9 at 3: Not passing, (but) on guard. Someone might follow and injure him. Pitfall.
Do not defend your cause or ideals too much, in order not to provoke aggression.
Grand ideas have to fit in reality, if they don't, then do not cling to them. Their value is not how they sound, it is how they work.
(Changes to hex.16)
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.
(Changes to hex.32)
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.
(Changes to hex.55)