15 - Modesty

Contemporary Interpretation

15 - Modesty

and be nurtured.

Sometimes everything is
Quite simple:
You disengage
And orientate yourself
Empty handed,
And yet: decisive.
And are nurtured.

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

yin yin yin yang yin yin

Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Gen, Mountain

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 15 - modesty

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Gen, the Mountain

First Change: Gen → Kan, the Water

Second Change: Kan → Zhen, the Thunder

Third Change: Zhen → Kun, the Earth

Upper Trigram: Kun, the Earth

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

He who is modest (15) has got it easy.

The image

Within the earth a mountain: the image of modesty. Thus the superior man reduces what is too much, and increases what is too little. He weighs things and makes them equal.

The judgement

Modesty creates success. The superior man completes things. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations