08 - Holding Together

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Contemporary Interpretation

08 - Holding Together

Paving the way for
intuitive knowledge

A
Place-Time-Space
That
[cools hot heads,
strengthens weak limbs,
quiets restless spirits
and hence]
Paves
The way
For intuitive
Knowledge.

The Changes

yin yang yin yin yin yin

Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Kun, Earth

Lower Trigram: Kun, Earth

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

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

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 08 - holding together

Lower Trigram: Kun, the Earth

First Change: Kun → 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

Second Change: Kun → Gen, the Mountain

During the phase of growth (Kun), while something concrete emerged from unstructured potential, we may have noticed things that are ... Read more unnecessary ballast and block our energies. When Gen evolves from Kun, we can confidingly let go of ballast and entrust ourselves to earth's gravity. This way we not only release muscles and tendons, but our entire being. Hide

Third 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

Upper Trigram: Kan, the Water

Kan represents our basic trust and our unconscious resources, a distillate of our own - and sometimes third party ... Read more - experiences and information that lie beyond our daily consciousness. Impulses and inspirations emerge from Kan and may trigger decisions or initiate actions. If we follow this gut feeling our actions will have a special quality: they feel a particular way "right". Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yin yang yin yin yin yin

Upper Trigram: Kan, Water

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Kun, Earth

Lower Trigram: Kun, Earth

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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