54 - The Marrying Maiden

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Contemporary Interpretation

54 - The Marrying Maiden

Clear your mind.
And then break loose.

Sigh deeply. Let go.
[Yes, yes, there is
This restlessness in your heart...
An impulse to jump.
But still, try to let go of
Exactly this (joyous?)]
Anxiety for just one moment.
And then, internally strengthened,
Break loose
Clear-mindedly.

The Changes

yin yin yang yin yang yang

Upper Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

2nd Core Character: Kan, Water

1st Core Character: Li, Fire

Lower Trigram: Dui, Lake

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

The marrying maiden (54) shows the end of being a maiden.

The image

Above the lake is thunder: the image of the marrying maiden. Thus the superior man understands impermanence through contemplating the eternity of the end.

The judgement

The marrying maiden. Undertakings bring misfortune. Nothing furthers. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 54 - the marrying maiden

Lower Trigram: Dui, the Lake

Dui crosses the natural boundary of our self in two ways: from the inside outwardly and from the outside inwardly. From the outside ... Read more inwardly means that we open ourselves to the outside, to our environment, let us be inspired and ultimately accept and integrate what we encounter. From the inside outwardly invites us to express our innermost to the outside and let it come alive within the world. Both movements are tightly interconnected, just like the rhythm of our breathing: inhaling, exhaling. Hide

First Change: Dui → Li, the Fire

Li develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). We expanded our boundaries and ... Read more - more or less unconditionally - opened towards our environment (Dui). Li (fire) is the instance that analyzes and distinguishes worldly impulses and separates "the clear from the unclear". That what has been received in Dui, is now being processed: releasing the useless and integrating the "clear" into our world view. Hide

Second Change: Li → Kan, the Water

Kan develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). Our ability to intellectually differentiate ... Read more impressions, facts, feelings etc. (Li) gives us clarity and creates a sense of calm. A peaceful mind yet makes it easier for us to trustingly open ourselves to the messages from our spiritual grounds (Kan): gut feelings, presentiments, intuitions. Hide

Third Change: Kan → Zhen, the Thunder

Zhen develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). Trusting our gut feelings, being open to ... Read more impulses from our unconscious resources creates the primordial seed of a new action, the first step into a new direction. Hide

Upper Trigram: Zhen, the Thunder

Zhen represents our ability to make decisions, our determination, enthusiasm, courage, and precision; but also ... Read more flexibility and strength belong to Zhen. If we look at nature, then Zhen's pattern of movement is that of a bud in its protective sleeve, just beginning to break open: a sudden, decisive and courageous move Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yin yin yang yin yang yang

Upper Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

2nd Core Character: Kan, Water

1st Core Character: Li, Fire

Lower Trigram: Dui, Lake

Lower Trigram: my Starting Point

Upper Trigram: my Objective

My First Step: 1st Core Character

My Second Step: 2nd Core Character

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