33 - Retreat

Contemporary Interpretation

33 - Retreat

Disengagement is
"Death and Rebirth!"

Disengagement is
[The journey is over
when the road ends.]
And rebirth!"
[But soon the warmth of life
will return: expression, passion.
A new cycle begins.]

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

yang yang yang yang yin yin

Upper Trigram: Qian, Heaven

2nd Core Character: Qian, Heaven

1st Core Character: Sun, Wind (Tree)

Lower Trigram: Gen, Mountain

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 33 - retreat

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Gen, the Mountain

First Change: Gen → Sun, the Wind / Tree

Second Change: Sun → Qian, the Heaven

Third Change: Qian → Qian, the Heaven

Upper Trigram: Qian, the Heaven

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

Retreat (33) signifies to draw back.

The image

The mountain underneath heaven: the image of retreat. Thus the superior man keeps the inferior people at a distance, not angrily but with reserve.

The judgement

Tetreat. Success. In small matters perseverance furthers. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations