29 - The Abysmal

Contemporary Interpretation

29 - The Abysmal

A glassy sea over shoals

Our roots:
The abyss
Touches us:
Vehement disturbance,
Deep astonishment.
And we?
Just watch.
And disengage
Until calm restores:
A glassy sea
Over shoals.

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

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Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

Lower Trigram: Kan, Water

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 29 - the abysmal

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Kan, the Water

First Change: Kan → Zhen, the Thunder

Second Change: Zhen → Gen, the Mountain

Third Change: Gen → Kan, the Water

Upper Trigram: Kan, the Water

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

The abysmal (29) points downwards.

The image

Water flows continuously and reaches its destination: the image of the repeated abysmal. Thus the superior man walks in lasting virtue and practices teaching.

The judgement

The repeated abysmal. If you are truthful you will have success in your heart, and whatever you do will succeed. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations