Trigram Li, catching , discerning. Attribute: Fire
Li is catching things in a net, making them discernable and putting them in connection with each other, in a grid or web. That way you can trace all connections, and it also shows you where they are separated. It is the trigram of overview and order. Fire is the light which shows all things. It shows similarities and differences, combines or separates. Discernment gives you the insight to decide what is true and what isn't, what is good and what is bad. It shows you possibilities, order and patterns. It shows what you can depend on and what has value and will be nurturing. In return you can give back warmth and light. Your enthusiasm can be contagious. Fire is the most important quality of beauty, its structure, its universal pattern and also its expression of energy.
Fire is 'NOW', the tiny illuminated moment between past and future.
When Fire is below or inside, you search for oversight and insight, or absorb values which make things coherent and complete. It shows you what is unique, both in you and others, but also what connects. With Fire inside you have a strong sense for patterns, for cause and effect, for thinking along clear lines.
When inner Fire is out of balance, it can make you self-righteous, or the opposite, insecure and overthinking things.You exaggerate connection or separation, never finding the right timing or balance. Needing a rigid structure in groups, which suffocates feelings instead of giving them their proper place. Or the opposite, unreliable, not filling in your own place.