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


Hexagram 43
Kuai - Break-through (Resoluteness)

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yang above: Tui / The Joyous, Lake
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yang below: Ch'ien / The Creative, Heaven
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Forty-Three/Line One


Nine at the beginning [yang at bottom] means:
Mighty in the forward-striding toes.
When one goes and is not equal to the task,
One makes a mistake.

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, 1555 - Bruegel the Elder


In times of resolute advance, the beginning is especially difficult. We feel inspired to press forward but resistance is still strong; therefore we ought to gauge our own strength and venture only so far as we can go with certainty of success. To plunge blindly ahead is wrong, because it is precisely at the beginning that an unexpected setback can have the most disastrous results.



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