# Li, the Fire

Modern Interpretation: Clear discernment, purification, separation

Li (the fire) stands for our ability to differentiate facts, influences, emotions – in short: the world’s fullness. Without this ability to separate the “clear from the unclear”, we would be lost in a chaos of diversities. Only by differentiation, thus distinguishing what is important and what is not, we can concentrate on the essentials and are able to act.

Phase Element: Fire
Functional Circuit: Small Intestine (SI)

Read more: I Ching Study Guide: Li, the Fire