40 解 JieResolving, Release

Sudden rain (represented by the lower trigram) releases the atmospheric tension brought by thunder (the upper trigram) in the sky. This change is important because it clears the sky and stimulates growth on earth.

With this hexagram, immediate actions should be taken to clear the tension brought by mistakes and sins. However, stop as soon as situation is cleared to allow life to settle back to normaldon’t go overboard.

c 40 解

39 蹇 JianBarriers, obstructions

A dangerous abyss (the upper trigram) lies in front of a steep mountain (the lower trigram).  Difficult times place one into self-reflection mode. Intelligent individuals can gain inner insight to overcome obstructions later.

With this hexagram, one should take time to examine the situation and seek support from friends and facilitators. Stay strong with your intention and wait for the difficult times to pass.

c 39 蹇

 

38 睽 KuiSeparation, opposition

The sun rises upward and water in a lake flows downward, moving in opposition.  The elder daughter (represented by the trigram above) and the youngest daughter (represented by the lower trigram) in a family won’t have the same will. Their roles differ based on the men they are married to.

With this hexagram, one should proceed gradually. Minor oppositions may appear as obstructions, nevertheless they could bring useful and important function to the success. There will be good fortune for small matters.c 38 睽

37 家人 Jia-Ren

Families

Foundation of a family is the relationship between husband and wife.  In the tradition of Chinese society, men are the head of the family but women are key to the strong bond that holds the family together.

Heat creates energy. Wind (the upper trigram) comes forth from fire (the lower trigram). Influence is generated from within and travels outward. When members of a family take their proper roles in accordance to the great laws of nature, all social relationships of mankind will be in order.

With this hexagram, the situation is in favor to the female. In order to solve problems, one should go back to female family members for advice, or utilize the power of female facilitators.c 37 家人

36 明夷 Ming-YiDarkness

The lower trigram – representing sunlight – has sunken below the earth. Darkness brings chaos and difficulties to the world. It is hard to have things done right in the dark.  

With this hexagram, capable follower may be harmed by a narrow-minded leader.  The circumstance may become messy and difficult.  A wise man should keep a low profile and hide his talent. It is crucial to have faith in your own abilities and vision throughout these difficult times until the darkness passes.

c 36 明夷

35 晉 JinBrightness, Clarity, Progress

The upper trigram is the sun, rising over the lower trigram representing the earth. The sun rises quickly radiating light into every corner of the world.

With this hexagram, a leader will achieve success if he is able to effectively utilize the talents of his subordinates. Capable and obedient team players will be recognized and rewarded with great honor.c 35 晉

34 大壯 Da-ZhuangPower of Great Strength 

The great strength of the lower trigram pushes upwards, producing movements of the upper trigram. This hexagram is related to the 2nd month of the Lunar year (March-April) . It resembles spring, a time when life blooms through the earth and thunder awakens all beings. 

With this hexagram, one should be persistent, strong-willed, and take action at the right time. Otherwise danger will ensue.c 34 大壯

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