38 - Opposition

Contemporary Interpretation

38 - Opposition

Each encounter shows me
who I am.

A refinement
Of my acquaintance
With myself:
Each encounter shows me
Who I am.
Who I am not.

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

yang yin yang yin yang yang

Upper Trigram: Li, Fire

2nd Core Character: Kan, Water

1st Core Character: Li, Fire

Lower Trigram: Dui, Lake

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 38 - opposition

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Dui, the Lake

First Change: Dui → Li, the Fire

Second Change: Li → Kan, the Water

Third Change: Kan → Li, the Fire

Upper Trigram: Li, the Fire

Follow the Path of the Dao: A Western Approximation

The Interplay of Yin and Yang

Dem Weg des Dao folgen: Annäherung aus Westen

Changes and Impulses

Exemplary Experiences

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Classical Interpretation

Opposition (38) signifies alienation.

The image

Fire above, the lake below: the image of opposition. Thus amid all fellowship the the superior man preserves his characteristics.

The judgement

Opposition. In small matters good fortune.
Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations