Element:
Earth Earth

[24]

Yin line Yin line Yin line Yin line Yin line Yang - controlling line

Return
Turning back

end of year

Heaven
Wind
Gòu [44] Reaction; Encountering
Opposite
Mountain
Earth
[23] Dispersion; Peeling off
Inverse
Earth
Earth
Kūn [2] Receptor; Responding
Mutual

month Month 11 ; Host or Controlling line : 1
复: . 疾, . , 复, 攸往. Fù: hēng. chū rù wú jí, péng lái wú jiù. fǎn fù qí dào, qī rì láifù, lì yǒu yōu wǎng.

Fu indicates that there will be free course and progress (in what it denotes). (The subject of it) finds no one to distress him in his exits and entrances; friends come to him, and no error is committed . He will return and repeat his (proper) course. In seven days comes his return. There will be advantage in whatever direction movement is made.

: 复; , , 疾, . , 复, . 攸往, . 复 Tuàn zhuàn: Fù hēng; gāng fǎn, dòng ér yǐ shùn xíng, shì yǐ chū rù wú jí, péng lái wú jiù. fǎn fù qí dào, qī rì láifù, tiān xíng yě. lì yǒu yōu wǎng, gāng zhǎng yě. fù qí jiàn tiān dì zhī xīn hū?

‘Fu indicates the free course and progress (of what it denotes):’ - it is the coming back of what is intended by the undivided line. (Its subject‘s) actions show movement directed by accordance with natural order. Hence ’he finds no one to distress him in his exits and entrances,‘ and ’friends come to him, and no error is committed.‘ ’He will return and repeat his proper course; in seven days comes his return:‘ - such is the movement of the heavenly (revolution). ’There will be advantage in whatever direction movement is made: - the strong lines are growing and increasing. Do we not see in Fu the mind of heaven and earth?

: , 复; , 商旅, . Xiàng zhuàn: Léi zài dì zhōng, fù; xiān wáng yǐ zhì rì bì guān, shāng lǚ bù xíng, hòu bù shěng fāng.

(The trigram representing) the earth and that for thunder in the midst of it form Fu. The ancient kings, in accordance with this, on the day. of the (winter) solstice, shut the gates of the passes (from one state to another), so that the traveling merchants could not (then) pursue their journeys, nor the princes go on with the inspection of their states.

young yin young yin young yin young yin young yin changing yang
I Ching transform
Earth
Earth
Kūn [2] Receptor; Responding
Change
: 复, 祗悔, . Chū jiǔ: bù yuǎn fù, wú zhī huǐ, yuán jí.

The first ‘nine’, undivided, shows its subject returning (from an error) of no great extent, which would not proceed to anything requiring repentance. There will be great good fortune.

: 复, . Xiàng zhuàn: Bù yuàn zhī fù, yǐ xiū shēn yě.

'Returning (from an error) of no great extent' is the prelude to the cultivation of the person.

young yin young yin young yin young yin changing yin young yang
I Ching transform
Earth
Lake
Lín [19] Convergence; Approach
Change
: 休复, . Liù èr: xiū fù, jí.

The second ‘six’, divided, shows the admirable return (of its subject). There will be good fortune.

: 休复, . Xiàng zhuàn: Xiū fù zhī jí, yǐ xià rén yě.

'The good fortune attendant on the admirable return (of the subject of the second line)' is due to his condescension to the virtuous (subject of the line) below.

young yin young yin young yin changing yin young yin young yang
I Ching transform
Earth
Fire
Míng Yí [36] Overshadow; Darkening
Change
: 频复, . Liù sān: pín fù, lì wú jiù.

The third ‘six’, divided, shows one who has made repeated returns. The position is perilous, but there will be no error.

: 频复, . Xiàng zhuàn: Pín fù zhī lì, yì wú jiù yě.

Notwithstanding 'the perilous position of him who has made many returns,' there will be no error through (his aiming after righteousness).

young yin young yin changing yin young yin young yin young yang
I Ching transform
Wood
Wood
Zhèn [51] Excitation; Enactment
Change
: 独复. Liù sì: zhōng háng dú fù.

The fourth ‘six’, divided, shows its subject moving right in the center (among those represented by the other divided lines), and yet returning alone (to his proper path).

: 独复, . Xiàng zhuàn: Zhōng háng dú fù, yǐ cóng dào yě.

'He moves right in the center (among those represented by the other divided lines), and yet returns alone:' - his object is to pursue the (proper) path.

young yin changing yin young yin young yin young yin young yang
I Ching transform
Water
Wood
Zhūn [3] Inhibition; Beginning
Change
: 敦复, 悔. Liù wǔ: dūn fù, wú huǐ.

The fifth ‘six’, divided, shows the noble return of its subject. There will be no ground for repentance.

: 敦复悔, . Xiàng zhuàn: Dūn fù wú huǐ, zhōng yǐ zì kǎo yě.

'The noble return, giving no ground for repentance,' is due to (the subject of the line) striving to perfect himself in accordance with his central position.

changing yin young yin young yin young yin young yin young yang
I Ching transform
Mountain
Wood
[27] Nutrition; Nourishment
Change
: 复, 凶, 眚. 用师, 终败, , 凶; , . Shàng liù: mí fù, xiōng, yǒu zāi shěng. yòng xíng shī, zhōng yǒu dà bài, yǐ qí guó jūn, xiōng; zhì yú shí nián, bù kè zhēng?

The topmost ‘six’, divided, shows its subject all astray on the subject of returning. There will be evil. There will be calamities and errors. If with his views he put the hosts in motion, the end will be a great defeat, whose issues will extend to the ruler of the state. Even in ten years he will not be able to repair the disaster.

: 凶, . Xiàng zhuàn: Mí fù zhī xiōng, fǎn jūn dào yě.

'The evil consequent on being all astray on the subject of returning' is because the course pursued is contrary to the proper course for a ruler.

This translation of the YiJing classic text uses the original Chinese including the Xiàng zhuàn commentary converted to modern simplified characters and pinyin. The English translation is based on William Legge (1899) which is now out of copyright. We have changed some wording and converted to American spelling. We hope to replace this with a more modern translation.
In the first few paragraphs each gua is described. The name of the gua (hexagram) is followed by the two trigrams that make it up (lake, mountain, fire, water, earth, heaven, thunder and wind). Each gua has a controlling element (earth, fire, water, metal and wood). After this information there are three related guas. The Opposite gua is the one where all yang is changed to yin and yin to yang - it is usually opposite in meaning. The Inverse gua is the gua with the order inverted so first is last and vice versa. The mutual gua is a more complex combination and re-ordering of the internal trigrams making up the gua. Then the association of the gua to the annual cycle is shown - this is the Chinese lunar month number (not Western month). The controlling or host yao is considered the most important line in the gua and is highlighted in the hexagram.
The main description for the hexagram is then followed by a section for each of the six possible changing lines which indicate the transformation into another, related gua. The text uses ‘nine’ to refer to a yang line and ‘six’ for a yin line. The pure yin and yang hexagrams have, however, a different text structure as they are so important.

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