08 - Holding Together

Contemporary Interpretation

08 - Holding Together

Paving the way for
intuitive knowledge

[cools hot heads,
strengthens weak limbs,
quiets restless spirits
and hence]
The way
For intuitive

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

yin yang yin yin yin yin

Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Kun, Earth

Lower Trigram: Kun, Earth

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 08 - holding together

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Kun, the Earth

First Change: Kun → Kun, the Earth

Second Change: Kun → Gen, the Mountain

Third Change: Gen → 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

Holding together (08) is cheerful.

The image

On earth there is water: the image of holding together. Thus the ancient kings awarded the individual states as fiefs and cultivated friendly relationships with the feudal lords.

The judgement

Holding together brings good fortune. Inquire of the oracle again whether you possess sublimity, constancy, and perseverance; then there is no blame. The uncertain join gradually. Whoever arrives too late experiences misfortune. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations