48 - The Well

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Contemporary Interpretation

48 - the well

Penetrate deeper

Growing
And listening
Until you posess
Clarity.
Then:
Penetrate
Deeper.

The Changes

yin yang yin yang yang yin

Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

2nd Core Character: Li, Fire

1st Core Character: Dui, Lake

Lower Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

Information regarding the interpretation model

Classical Interpretation

The well (48) signifies connection.

The image

Above the wood is water: the image of the well. Thus the superior man encourages the people at work and exhorts them to help each other.

The judgement

The well. One may change the town, but the well cannot be changed. It neither decreases nor increases. They come and go and draw from the well. If one has almost reached the fountain's water, but the rope does not go all the way, or the mug breaks, this brings misfortune. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 48 - the well

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 → Kan, the Water

Kan develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). Our ability to intellectually differentiate ... Read more impressions, facts, feelings etc. (Li) gives us clarity and creates a sense of calm. A peaceful mind yet makes it easier for us to trustingly open ourselves to the messages from our spiritual grounds (Kan): gut feelings, presentiments, intuitions. Hide

Upper Trigram: Kan, the Water

Kan represents our basic trust and our unconscious resources, a distillate of our own - and sometimes third party ... Read more - experiences and information that lie beyond our daily consciousness. Impulses and inspirations emerge from Kan and may trigger decisions or initiate actions. If we follow this gut feeling our actions will have a special quality: they feel a particular way "right". Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

Did you find the I Ching's reply inspiring and want to penetrate it more deeply? Then download the worksheet and work with it! Below you find again the schematic representation of the hexagram as well as keywords and impulses regarding individual trigrams and core characters – all for you to use with the worksheet.

yin yang yin yang yang yin

Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

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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