46 - Pushing Upward

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Contemporary Interpretation

46 - Pushing Upward

Crystal clear determination
runs in open doors

Growing,
Listening
And suddenly there is
Crystal clear
Determination
That runs
In open
doors [hearts].

The Changes

yin yin yin yang yang yin

Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Dui, Lake

Lower Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

Pushing upward (46) signifies not to come back.

The image

Wood grows within the earth: the image pushing upward. Thus with receptive character the superior man accumulates the small in order to achieve something high and great.

The judgement

Pushing upward has sublime success. One must see the great man. Do not be afraid! Departure toward the south brings good fortune. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 46 - pushing upward

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 → 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

Upper Trigram: Kun, the Earth

The following image is often chosen to describe Kun: soil in which a seedling is growing. Soil is unstructured matter: in soil a ... Read more seedling finds everything it needs to grow; dead plants decay to soil. Kun's meaning, however, goes beyond unstructured matter (such as soil): Kun is unstructured potential, including tangible and non-tangible matter.
When interpreting a hexagram, Kun points at the place which we are at, here and now. Kun invites us to calm down and to use this place / moment as a source of strength. Like a wave rolling back into the sea, its origin, focusing and drawing new energies. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yin yin yin yang yang yin

Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

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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