57 - The Gentle

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Contemporary Interpretation

57 - The Gentle

Growing and more:
Growing

Growing
And listening
And gaining
Clarity
And more:
Growing.

The Changes

yang yang yin yang yang yin

Upper Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

2nd Core Character: Li, Fire

1st Core Character: Dui, Lake

Lower Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

The gentle (57) signifies to crouch.

The image

Winds following each other: the image of the gently penetrating. Thus the superior man spread his commandments and does his undertakings.

The judgement

The gentle. Success through what is small. It furthers one to have somewhere to go. It furthers one to see the great man. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 57 - the gentle

Lower Trigram: Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun, the Wind / Tree, stands for a lively, pushing growth from within. Like the landscape's greening in the spring: ... Read more self confident, powerful, without hesitation. Strategical, relentless, unstoppable. Like the wind: passing through every opening, into every corner. Hide

First 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

Second Change: Dui → Li, the Fire

Li develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). We expanded our boundaries and ... Read more - more or less unconditionally - opened towards our environment (Dui). Li (fire) is the instance that analyzes and distinguishes worldly impulses and separates "the clear from the unclear". That what has been received in Dui, is now being processed: releasing the useless and integrating the "clear" into our world view. Hide

Third Change: Li → Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). Once we have clarity (Li) about ... Read more what exactly we want to achieve or where our destination lies, we can embark on our journey (Sun, the tree / wind) to reach our goal. Hide

Upper Trigram: Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun, the Wind / Tree, stands for a lively, pushing growth from within. Like the landscape's greening in the spring: ... Read more self confident, powerful, without hesitation. Strategical, relentless, unstoppable. Like the wind: passing through every opening, into every corner. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yang yang yin yang yang yin

Upper Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

2nd Core Character: Li, Fire

1st Core Character: Dui, Lake

Lower Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

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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