55 - Abundance

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Contemporary Interpretation

55 - Abundance

First listen and then
act with determination

Clarity
Bears
Growth that
Lets us
First listen
And then
Act
With determination.

The Changes

yin yin yang yang yin yang

Upper Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

2nd Core Character: Dui, Lake

1st Core Character: Sun, Wind (Tree)

Lower Trigram: Li, Fire

Information regarding the interpretation model

Classical Interpretation

Abundance (55) signifies many of occasions.

The image

Thunder and lightning come both: the image of abundance. Thus the superior man decides litigations and executes punishments.

The judgement

Abundance has success. The king attains it. Do not be sad; you have to be like the sun at noon. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 55 - abundance

Lower Trigram: Li, the Fire

Li (the fire) stands for our ability to differentiate facts, influences, emotions - in short: the world's fullness. Without this ... Read more ability to separate the "clear from the unclear", we would be lost in a chaos of diversities. Only by differentiation, thus distinguishing what is important and what is not, we can concentrate on the essentials and are able to act. Hide

First Change: Li → Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). Once we have clarity (Li) about ... Read more what exactly we want to achieve or where our destination lies, we can embark on our journey (Sun, the tree / wind) to reach our goal. Hide

Second Change: Sun → Dui, the Lake

Dui develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). Sun's powerful, uniform growth of our... Read more inner being encounters the outer world in Dui. That which has developed hidden deeply within ourselves, crosses the border of our self and becomes visible. It touches the environment and generates... reverberation. Hide

Third Change: Dui → Zhen, the Thunder

Zhen develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). If we open ourselves towards the ... Read more exterior, towards our environment (Dui) there will be consequences: a seed will be planted, something within ourselves will begin to resonate with the environment. This resonance will consolidate, will become reply, decision and finally visible for all in resolute action. 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 yang yin yang

Upper Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

2nd Core Character: Dui, Lake

1st Core Character: Sun, Wind (Tree)

Lower Trigram: Li, Fire

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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