64 - Before Completion

Contemporary Interpretation

64 - Before Completion

separate the clear from the unclear

Before completion
We conduct introspection
[an intimate conversation
with myself]
And then separate
The clear
From the unclear.

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

yang yin yang yin yang yin

Upper Trigram: Li, Fire

2nd Core Character: Kan, Water

1st Core Character: Li, Fire

Lower Trigram: Kan, Water

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 64 - before completion

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Kan, the Water

First Change: Kan → Li, the Fire

Second Change: Li → Kan, the Water

Third Change: Kan → Li, the Fire

Upper Trigram: Li, the Fire

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

Before completion (64) is the depletion of the male.

The image

Fire above the water: the image of the condition before completion Thus the superior man is careful when differentiating things, so that each finds its place.

The judgement

Before completion. Success. But if the little fox, when it has almost completed the crossing, touches water with the tail, then nothing would be furthering. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations