27 - Providing Nourishment

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Contemporary Interpretation

27 - Providing Nourishment

Grow until able
to disengage

Well rooted
Determination
Nourished,
Supported,
Protected,
Makes us grow
Until we are able
To disengage.

The Changes

yang yin yin yin yin yang

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Kun, Earth

1st Core Character: Kun, Earth

Lower Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

Corners of the mouth (27) signifies proper nourishment.

The image

At the foot of the mountain is thunder: the image of nourishment. Thus the superior man takes care of his words and is moderate in eating and drinking.

The judgement

The corners of the mouth. Perseverance brings good fortune. Pay heed to nourishment and to what one seeks to fill his own mouth with. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 27 - providing nourishment

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 → Kun, the Earth

Second Change: Kun → 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

Third Change: Kun → Gen, the Mountain

During the phase of growth (Kun), while something concrete emerged from unstructured potential, we may have noticed things that are ... Read more unnecessary ballast and block our energies. When Gen evolves from Kun, we can confidingly let go of ballast and entrust ourselves to earth's gravity. This way we not only release muscles and tendons, but our entire being. 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 yin yin yang

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Kun, Earth

1st Core Character: Kun, Earth

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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