53 - Development

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Contemporary Interpretation

53 - Development

Insights and room
for growth

We commonly associate
Disengagement
With loss.
But the
Gap left behind
Often grants
Surprisingly
Clear
Insights
And room
For growth,
No one had dared
To hope for.

The Changes

yang yang yin yang yin yin

Upper Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

2nd Core Character: Li, Fire

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Gen, Mountain

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

Development (53) shows how the maiden is married and must await the man to act.

The image

A tree on the mountain: the image of development. Thus the superior man keeps worthy virtue, in order to improve the mores.

The judgement

Development. The maiden will be married. Good fortune. Perseverance furthers. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 53 - development

Lower Trigram: Gen, the Mountain

Gen stands for our ability to disengage. Through letting go of what has become obsolete we can focus on what is essential, ... Read more concentrate our energies and make room for the new. Disengagement harmonizes and focuses our actions and results in reorientation and new beginnings. Gen invites us to honestly examine our possessions, feelings and/or thoughts regarding their validity, and to permanently let go of what is old or outdated. Hide

First 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

Second Change: Kan → Li, the Fire

Li develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). Head (Li) and gut (Kan) often ... Read more seem to strive into different directions. If we examine the issue carefully we may find the clue to the inner logic of own being: That what seemed to be contradicting unties to personal strength. Hide

Third Change: Li → Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). Once we have clarity (Li) about ... Read more what exactly we want to achieve or where our destination lies, we can embark on our journey (Sun, the tree / wind) to reach our goal. Hide

Upper 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

The Path: Following the Changes

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yang yang yin yang yin yin

Upper Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

2nd Core Character: Li, Fire

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Gen, Mountain

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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