Element:
Metal Metal

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

Slow advance
Fulfillment

tread, circumspection

Earth
Mountain
Qiān [15] Modesty; Humility
Opposite
Wind
Heaven
Xiǎo Xù [9] Taming; Small accumulation
Inverse
Wind
Fire
Jiā Rén [37] Relationship; Domesticity
Mutual

month Month 6 ; Host or Controlling line : 3
尾, , . Lǚ hǔ wěi, bù dié rén, hēng.

Lu (suggests the idea of) one treading on the tail of a tiger, which does not bite him. There will be progress and success.

: 履, 柔履. 乾, 尾, , . , 履疚, . Tuàn zhuàn: Lǚ, róu lǚ gāng yě. shuō ér yìng hū qián, shì yǐlǚ hǔ wěi, bù dié rén, hēng. gāng zhōng zhèng, lǚ dì wèi ér bù jiù, guāng míng yě.

In Lu we have (the symbol of) weakness treading on (that of) strength. (The lower trigram) indicates pleasure and satisfaction, and responds to (the upper) indicating strength. Hence (it is said), 'He treads on the tail of a tiger, which does not bite him; there will be progress and success.'% DF (The) %> fifth line is) strong, in the center, and in its correct place. (Its subject) occupies the God-(given) position, and falls into no distress or failure; - (his) action will be brilliant.

: , 履; , . Xiàng zhuàn: Shàng tiān xià zé, lǚ; jūn zǐ yǐ biàn shàng xià, ān mín zhì.

(The trigram representing) the sky above, and below it (that representing the waters of) a marsh, form Lu. The superior man, in accordance with this, discriminates between high and low, and gives settlement to the aims of the people.

young yang young yang young yang young yin young yang changing yang
I Ching transform
Heaven
Water
Sòng [6] Strife; Contention
Change
: 素履, 往. Chū jiǔ: sù lǚ, wǎng wú jiù.

The first ‘nine’, undivided, shows its subject treading his accustomed path. If he go forward, there will be no error.

: 素履往, 独. Xiàng zhuàn: Sù lǚ zhī wǎng, dú xíng yě.

'He treads his accustomed path and goes forward:' - singly and exclusively he carries out his (long-cherished) wishes.

young yang young yang young yang young yin changing yang young yang
I Ching transform
Heaven
Wood
Wú Wàng [25] Unforeseen; Honesty
Change
: 履坦坦, 幽. Jiǔ èr: lǚ dào tǎn tǎn, yōu rén zhēn jí.

The second ‘nine’, undivided, shows its subject treading the path that is level and easy - a quiet and solitary man, to whom, if he be firm and correct, there will be good fortune.

: 幽, . Xiàng zhuàn: Yōu rén zhēn jí, zhōng bù zì luàn yě.

'A quiet and solitary man, to whom, being firm and correct, there will be good fortune:' - holding the due mean, he will not allow himself to be thrown into disorder.

young yang young yang young yang changing yin young yang young yang
I Ching transform
Heaven
Heaven
Qián [1] Donator; Initiating
Change
: 眇视, 跛履, 履尾, 咥, 凶. . Liù sān: miǎo néng shì, bǒ néng lǚ, lǚ hǔ wěi, dié rén, xiōng. wǔ rén wéi yú dà jūn.

The third ‘six’, divided, shows a one-eyed man (who thinks he) can see; a lame man (who thinks he) can walk well; one who treads on the tail of a tiger and is bitten. (All this indicates) ill fortune. We have a (mere) bravo acting the part of a great ruler.

: 眇视; . 跛履; , 咥凶; . ; . Xiàng zhuàn: Miǎo néng shì; bù zú yǐ yǒu míng yě. Bǒ néng lǚ; bù zú yǐ yǔ xíng yě, dié rén zhī xiōng; wèi bù dàng yě. Wǔ rén wéi yú dà jūn; zhì gāng yě.

'A one-eyed man (who thinks that he) can see:' - he is not fit to see clearly. 'A lame man (who thinks that he can) tread well:' - one cannot walk along with him. 'The ill fortune of being bitten' arises from the place not being the proper one for him. 'A (mere) bravo acting the part of a great ruler:' - this is owing to his aims being (too) violent.

young yang young yang changing yang young yin young yang young yang
I Ching transform
Wind
Lake
Zhōng Fú [61] Truth; Sincerity
Change
: 履尾, 愬愬, 终. Jiǔ sì: lǚ hǔ wěi, sù sù, zhōng jí.

The fourth ‘nine’, undivided, shows its subject treading on the tail of a tiger. He becomes full of apprehensive caution, and in the end there will be good fortune.

: 愬愬终, . Xiàng zhuàn: Sùsù zhōng jí, zhì xíng yě.

'He becomes full of apprehensive caution, and in the end there will be good fortune:' - his aim takes effect.

young yang changing yang young yang young yin young yang young yang
I Ching transform
Fire
Lake
Kuí [38] Opposition; Diversity
Change
: 夬履, . Jiǔ wǔ: guài lǚ, zhēn lì.

The fifth ‘nine’, undivided, shows the resolute tread of its subject. Though he be firm and correct, there will be peril.

: 夬履, . Xiàng zhuàn: Guài lǚ zhēn lì, wèi zhèng dàng yě.

'He treads resolutely; and though he be firm and correct, there is peril:' - this is due to his being in the position that is correct and appropriate to him.

changing yang young yang young yang young yin young yang young yang
I Ching transform
Lake
Lake
Duì [58] Serenity; Joy
Change
: 视履考祥, . Shàng jiǔ: shì lǚ kǎo xiáng, qí xuán yuán jí.

The sixth ‘nine’, undivided, tells us to look at (the whole course) that is trodden, and examine the presage which that gives. If it be complete and without failure, there will be great good fortune.

: , . Xiàng zhuàn: Yuán jí zài shàng, dà yǒu qìng yě.

'There will be great good fortune,' and that in the occupancy of the topmost line: - this is great matter for congratulation.

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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