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


既济

Hexagram 63
Chi Chi - After Completion

yin
yang above: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
yin
yang
yin below: Li / The Clinging, Fire
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Sixty-Three/Line One


Nine at the beginning [yang at bottom] means:
He breaks his wheels.
He gets his tail in the water.
No blame.

In times following a great transition, everything is pressing forward, striving in the direction of development and progress. But this pressing forward at the beginning is not good; it overshoots the mark and leads with certainty to loss and collapse. Therefore a man of strong character does not allow himself to be infected by the general intoxication but checks his course in time. He may indeed not remain altogether untouched by the disastrous consequences of the general pressure, but he is hit only from behind like a fox that, having crossed the water, at the last minute gets its tail wet. He will not suffer any real harm, because his behaviour has been correct.




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