17 - Following

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Contemporary Interpretation

17 - Following

Disengagement, only then
growth will start

Determination
Requires disengagement,
Only then
Growth will start:
A deliberate,
Adamant process
Of creation
Until you are ready
To open
[a]new.

The Changes

yin yang yang yin yin yang

Upper Trigram: Dui, Lake

2nd Core Character: Sun, Wind (Tree)

1st Core Character: Gen, Mountain

Lower Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

Following (17) tolerates no old prejudices.

The image

Thunder in the middle of the lake: the image of following. Thus the superior man stops off for relaxation and rest at nightfall.

The judgement

Following has sublime success. Perseverance furthers. No blame. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 17 - following

Lower 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

First 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

Second Change: Gen → Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). Initial disengagement (Gen) results ... Read more in forward thrusting growth (Sun). We disengaged, we released unnecessary ballast, we concentrated our energies. This way we drew the bow. Until our arrow, Sun, is shot off: unstoppable, unrelenting, heading for our goal. Hide

Third 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

Upper 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

The Path: Following the Changes

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yin yang yang yin yin yang

Upper Trigram: Dui, Lake

2nd Core Character: Sun, Wind (Tree)

1st Core Character: Gen, Mountain

Lower Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

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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