18 - Work on What Has Been Spoiled

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Contemporary Interpretation

18 - Work on what has been spoiled

Until I am finally determined enough to...

Growing
[and fully becoming myself; then]
Listening
[to the rhythm of the world].
Time and time again.
Until I am
Finally
Determined enough to:
Disengage.

The Changes

yang yin yin yang yang yin

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Dui, Lake

Lower Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

Information regarding the interpretation model

Classical Interpretation

The image

The wind blows low on the mountain: the image of work on what has been spoiled. Thus the superior man stirs up the people and strengthens their spirit.

The judgement

Work on what has been spoiled has sublime success. It furthers to cross the great water. Before the starting point three days, after the starting point three days. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 18 - work on what has been spoiled

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 → Zhen, the Thunder

Zhen develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). If we open ourselves towards the ... Read more exterior, towards our environment (Dui) there will be consequences: a seed will be planted, something within ourselves will begin to resonate with the environment. This resonance will consolidate, will become reply, decision and finally visible for all in resolute action. Hide

Third Change: Zhen → Gen, the Mountain

The red arrow indicates that a (solid) yang line is added. Yang stands for energy, for activity. The initial decision (Zhen) produces ... Read more disengagement, dissolving, transformation of the old. The old (the withered, the past structure) firstly persists and later on slowly dissolves, while the new structure is already growing. 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 yang yin

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

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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