15 - Modesty

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Contemporary Interpretation

15 - Modesty

Disengage
and be nurtured.

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

The Changes

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Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Gen, Mountain

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

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

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 15 - modesty

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examine our possessions, feelings and/or thoughts regarding their validity, and to permanently let go of what is old or outdated.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 → 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

Third Change: Zhen → Kun, the Earth

Kun develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). The clear decision that becomes ... Read more visible in Zhen, falls on fertile grounds. Hide

Upper Trigram: Kun, the Earth

The following image is often chosen to describe Kun: soil in which a seedling is growing. Soil is unstructured matter: in soil a ... Read more seedling finds everything it needs to grow; dead plants decay to soil. Kun's meaning, however, goes beyond unstructured matter (such as soil): Kun is unstructured potential, including tangible and non-tangible matter.
When interpreting a hexagram, Kun points at the place which we are at, here and now. Kun invites us to calm down and to use this place / moment as a source of strength. Like a wave rolling back into the sea, its origin, focusing and drawing new energies. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yin yin yin yang yin yin

Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

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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