41 - Decrease

Contemporary Interpretation

41 - Decrease

Reenter the river of abundance.

A short cycle
Of regeneration:
Let me be fed,
The river of

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

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Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Kun, Earth

1st Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

Lower Trigram: Dui, Lake

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 41 - decrease

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Dui, the Lake

First Change: Dui → Zhen, the Thunder

Second Change: Zhen → Kun, the Earth

Third Change: Kun → Gen, the Mountain

Upper Trigram: Gen, the Mountain

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

The characters »decrease« (41) and »increase« show the beginning of flourishment and decay.

The image

At the foot of the mountain is the lake: the image of decrease. Thus the superior man tames his anger and inhibits his instincts.

The judgement

Decrease together with truthfulness has sublime good fortune without blame. One may be preserving. It furthers to undertake something. How is this done? One may use two small bowls for the sacrifice. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations