03 - Difficulty at the Beginning

Contemporary Interpretation

03 - Difficulty at the Beginning

Surprising insights into
our own source of being

A clear,
Well rooted
To then provide
[perhaps surprising]
Insights into
Our own
Source of being:

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

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Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Kun, Earth

Lower Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 03 - difficulty at the beginning

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Zhen, the Thunder

First Change: Zhen → Kun, the Earth

Second Change: Kun → Gen, the Mountain

Third Change: Gen → Kan, the Water

Upper Trigram: Kan, the Water

Follow the Path of the Dao: A Western Approximation

The Interplay of Yin and Yang

Dem Weg des Dao folgen: Annäherung aus Westen

Changes and Impulses

Exemplary Experiences

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Classical Interpretation

Dschun [Zhen, difficulty at the beginning] (03) is visible, but has not yet lost its residence.

The image

Clouds and thunder: the image of difficulty at the beginning. Thus the superior man disentangles and arranges in proper order.

The judgement

Difficulty at the beginning works sublime success. Furthering through perseverance. Nothing should be undertaken. It furthers one to deploy assistants. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations