51 - Arousing

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Contemporary Interpretation

51 - Arousing

Intuitive knowledge
for yet more determination

Clear determination
Means
To disengage
From things
And give room
To intuitive knowledge:
For yet more
Determination.

The Changes

yin yin yang yin yin yang

Upper Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

2nd Core Character: Kan, Water

1st Core Character: Gen, Mountain

Lower Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

Arousing (51) signifies to start, to rise.

The image

Continuous thunder: the image of arousing. Thus in fear and trembling the the superior man makes his life right and examines himself.

The judgement

The arousing brings success. The arousing comes: Hu, Hu! Laughing words: Ha, Ha! The arousing terrifies for a hundred miles, yet he shall not let fall sacrificial spoon and chalice. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 51 - arousing

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 → Kan, the Water

Kan develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). Gen's disengagement opened a path for ... Read more us to reconnect with our spiritual self: our own inner, intuitive wisdom, collected all along our path to here and now, ready to nurture us. Hide

Third 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

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 yin yin yang

Upper Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

2nd Core Character: Kan, Water

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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