I Ching Hexagrams with Pen Drawings
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See: 7 Gem 30 13 Gem 08.
Statement: By adopting a careful attitude, some dangers can be avoided (M).
Kan represents the heart, the soul within the body, light enclosed in the dark - reason too. (W)
If you are sincere, you have success in your heart. Wade well (W, K)
The abyss is quite dangerous. (W)
A man who has lost the right way, should be likened to someone who sits shackled behind thorn-hedged prison walls. (W)
By adopting a careful attitude, some dangers can be avoided, like falling on sharp rocks or drowning in the current. Perhaps you can relax, collect yourself and look at the alternatives calmly. (M)
In times of danger simple meals and short words should serve. (M)
See: 13 Gem 08 18 Gem 45.
Statement: In the beginning stages of any project, it is advisable to advance intelligently to smooth the way (M).
The one who overcomes the first obstacles may make progress (M).
If other people interpose and distort things against you, you should be cautious and proceed step by step by such as conscientious work. Stay calm and persevering, but take the needed first steps. Also, get help that you can profit from. (W, M).
Keep going despite difficulties in order to grow to full stature. (M)
If many new things seem to be rushing upon you, confusion may take over. (M)
Difficulties at the beginning prove too great for those who get stuck and never find their way out, fold their hands and give up the struggle. Such resignation is sad and uncalled for too.
See: 18 Gem 45 24 Gem 23.
Statement: Folks come and go and draw from the well so long as they get to its water. A well with clear, limpid water suggests sincerity. (W, L)
The deep well is often taken as a symbol of basic vitality that is shared and common. (M)
The all-important thing about a well is that its water be drawn. (W)
Communities and individuals are to tend to and not neglect their source of inner strength. They need to set aside time to cultivate their contact with the inner sources through good meditation and other fith doings. Thus, a good well is useless if nobody drinks from it. (M)
A deep well has to be kept in good repair, and people need to cultivate their source of vitality by setting aside time enough for this deep purpose. (M)
The source of vitality is very deep inside oneself and everyone else alive in the community. (M)
Carelessness - by which the jug is broken - bodes not well. (W)
The superior man encourages the people to help one another. (W)
The dependable well never runs dry. The same is true of the really great man. (W)
See: 24 Gem 23 0 Can.
Statement: While waiting for a while, the superior man eats and drinks, is joyous and of good cheer. And keeps himself and his wits. (W)
By adopting a more patient approach and keeping long-term goals in mind he avoids needless conflict. (M)
A more realistic approach should do justice to the circumstances too. (M)
There should be time to celebrate although our circumstances may not be ideal in every respect. We must know how to enjoy the moment without being deflected from the goal. (M, W)
We should not spoil our present enjoyment of life with mere worries about possible future events. Caution and a sense of the seriousness of the situation should keep us from injury. (M, W)
Fit quiet times are not wasted insofar as they allow us to replenish our vital reserves. (M)
While we wait we can appreciate our present blessings and any unexpected help that may come our way. (M)
(B) Baynes, Cary F., tr. I Ching or Book of Changes: The Richard Wilhelm Translation. London: Penguin Books, 2003.
(H) Barrett, Hilary. I Ching: Walking Your Path, Creating Your Future. London: Arcturus, 2010.
(L) Legge, James, tr. The Yî King. Part II of The Texts of Confucianism. Sacred Books of the East Vol. 16. The Sacred Books of China. Vol. 2. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1882. - Online version.
(M) Markert, Christopher. I Ching. The No. 1 Success Formula. Wellingborough: Aquarian, 1988.
(R) Wing, R. L. I Ching arbejdsbogen (I Ching Workbook). Copenhagen: Borgen, 1988 (New York: Doubleday, 1979).
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