22 - Grace

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Contemporary Interpretation

22 - Grace

Clarity and intuition
bear determination

Clarity
And intuition
Bear
Determination:
Determination
To
Disengage.

The Changes

yang yin yin yang yin yang

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Li, Fire

Information regarding the interpretation model

Classical Interpretation

Grace (22) signifies undyed.

The image

Low at the mountain is fire: the image of grace. Thus the superior man proceeds with clarifying current affairs, but then does not dare to decide controversial issues.

The judgement

Grace has success. In small matters it furthers to do something. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 22 - grace

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 → 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

Second 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

Third Change: Zhen → Gen, the Mountain

The red arrow indicates that a (solid) yang line is added. Yang stands for energy, for activity. The initial decision (Zhen) produces ... Read more disengagement, dissolving, transformation of the old. The old (the withered, the past structure) firstly persists and later on slowly dissolves, while the new structure is already growing. Hide

Upper Trigram: Gen, the Mountain

Gen stands for our ability to disengage. Through letting go of what has become obsolete we can focus on what is essential, ... Read more concentrate our energies and make room for the new. Disengagement harmonizes and focuses our actions and results in reorientation and new beginnings. Gen invites us to honestly examine our possessions, feelings and/or thoughts regarding their validity, and to permanently let go of what is old or outdated. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yang yin yin yang yin yang

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

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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