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The original Richard Wilhelm translation for the hexagram line...


明夷

Hexagram 36
Ming I - Darkening of the Light

yin
yin above: K'un / The Receptive, Earth
yin
yang
yin below: Li / The Clinging, Fire
yang
Palm

CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Thirty-Six/Line One


Nine at the beginning [yang at bottom] means:
Darkening of the light during flight.
He lowers his wings.
The superior man does not eat for three days
On his wanderings.
But he has somewhere to go.
The host has occasion to gossip about him.

'A Persian Café' - Lord Edwin (1849 - 1903)


With grandiose resolve a man endeavours to soar above all obstacles, but thus encounters a hostile fate. He retreats and evades the issue. The time is difficult. Without rest, he must hurry along, with no permanent abiding place. If he does not want to make compromises within himself, but insists on remaining true to his principles, he suffers deprivation. Nevertheless he has a fixed goal to strive for, even though the people with whom he lives do not understand him and speak ill of him.



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