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Hexagram 53
Chien - Development (Gradual Progress)

yang
yang above: Sun / The Gentle, Wind, Wood
yin
yang
yin below: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Fifty-Three/Line One


Six at the beginning [yin at bottom] means:
The wild goose gradually draws near the shore.
The young son is in danger.
There is talk. No blame.

All the individual lines in this hexagram symbolise the gradual flight of the wild goose. The wild goose is the symbol of conjugal fidelity, because it is believed that this bird never takes another mate after the death of the first.
The initial line suggests the first resting place in the flight of water birds from the water to the heights. The shore is reached. The situation is that of a lonely young man who is just starting out to make his way in life. Since no one comes to help him, his first steps are slow and hesitant, and he is surrounded by danger. Naturally he is subjected to much criticism. But these very difficulties keep him from being too hasty, and his progress is successful.



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