39 - Obstruction

Contemporary Interpretation

39 - Obstruction


How to swallow
What you cannot swallow?
Don't swallow it!
And then,
Following your own intuition,
Firstly consider the matter
from a
[By your standards]
Exotic point of view
And then

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

yin yang yin yang yin yin

Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

2nd Core Character: Li, Fire

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Gen, Mountain

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 39 - obstruction

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Gen, the Mountain

First Change: Gen → Kan, the Water

Second Change: Kan → Li, the Fire

Third Change: Li → 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

Obstruction (39) signifies difficulty.

The image

Water on top of the mountain: the image of obstruction. Thus the superior man turns towards himself and fosters his own character.

The judgement

Obstruction. The south west furthers. The north east does not further. It furthers one to see the great man. Perseverance brings good fortune. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations