36 - Darkening of the Light

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Contemporary Interpretation

36 - Darkening of the Light

Clarity and intuition =
fertile grounds

Clarity
And intuition
Bear
Determination
That is rooted
In fertile
Grounds.

The Changes

yin yin yin yang yin yang

Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Li, Fire

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

Darkening of the light (36) signifies injury.

The image

The light has sunk into the earth: the image of darkening of the light. Thus the superior man lives with the masses: he veils his brightness, yet he remains shining.

The judgement

Darkening of the light. In adversity it furthers to be persevering.
 
Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 36 - darkening of the light

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 → Kun, the Earth

Kun develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). The clear decision that becomes ... Read more visible in Zhen, falls on fertile grounds. Hide

Upper Trigram: Kun, the Earth

The following image is often chosen to describe Kun: soil in which a seedling is growing. Soil is unstructured matter: in soil a ... Read more seedling finds everything it needs to grow; dead plants decay to soil. Kun's meaning, however, goes beyond unstructured matter (such as soil): Kun is unstructured potential, including tangible and non-tangible matter.
When interpreting a hexagram, Kun points at the place which we are at, here and now. Kun invites us to calm down and to use this place / moment as a source of strength. Like a wave rolling back into the sea, its origin, focusing and drawing new energies. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yin yin yin yang yin yang

Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

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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