29 - The Abysmal

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Contemporary Interpretation

29 - The Abysmal

A glassy sea over shoals

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

The Changes

yin yang yin yin yang yin

Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

Lower Trigram: Kan, Water

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

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

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 29 - the abysmal

Lower 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

First Change: Kan → Zhen, the Thunder

Zhen develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). Trusting our gut feelings, being open to ... Read more impulses from our unconscious resources creates the primordial seed of a new action, the first step into a new direction. Hide

Second 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

Third Change: Gen → Kan, the Water

Kan develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). Gen's disengagement opened a path for ... Read more us to reconnect with our spiritual self: our own inner, intuitive wisdom, collected all along our path to here and now, ready to nurture us. 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

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yin yang yin yin yang yin

Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

Lower Trigram: Kan, Water

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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