24 - Return

Contemporary Interpretation

24 - Return

Growing underground into the light.

A springboard
Of well rooted
Growing underground
Into the

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

yin yin yin yin yin yang

Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

2nd Core Character: Kun, Earth

1st Core Character: Kun, Earth

Lower Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 24 - return

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Zhen, the Thunder

First Change: Zhen → Kun, the Earth

Second and Third Change: Kun → Kun, the Earth

Upper Trigram: Kun, the Earth

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

Return (24) signifies to come back.

The image

Thunder within the earth: the image of return. Thus the ancient kings closed the passes at solstice. Merchants and strangers did not wander and the ruler did not visit the provinces.

The judgement

Return. Success. Outbound and inbound without mistake. Friends arriving without blame. Back and forth the path. Return on the seventh day. It furthers to have somewhere to go. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations