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Hexagram 50
Ting - The Caldron

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yin above: Li / The Clinging, Fire
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yang below: Sun / The Gentle, Wind, Wood
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Fifty/Line One


Six at the beginning [yin at bottom] means:
A ting with legs upturned.
Furthers removal of stagnating stuff.
One takes a concubine for the sake of her son.
No blame.

Caldron upside down


If a ting is turned upside down before being used, no harm is done — on the contrary, this clears it of refuse. A concubine's position is lowly, but because she has a son she comes to be honoured.
These two metaphors express the idea that in a highly developed civilisation, such as that indicated by this hexagram, every person of good will can in some way or other succeed. No matter how lowly he may be, provided he is ready to purify himself, he is accepted. He attains a station in which he can prove himself fruitful in accomplishment, and as a result he gains recognition.



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