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


Hexagram 7
Shih - The Army

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yin above: K'un / The Receptive, Earth
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yang below: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Seven/Line Two


Nine in the second place means:
In the midst of the army.
Good fortune. No blame.
The king bestows a triple decoration.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) presenting the female officer, Marie Schellinck with a medal on the battlefield, illustration from Le Petit Journal, September 1894


The leader should be in the midst of his army, in touch with it, sharing good and bad with the masses he leads. This alone makes him equal to the heavy demands made upon him. He needs also the recognition of the ruler. The decorations he receives are justified, because there is no question of personal preferment here: the whole army, whose centre he is, is honoured in his person.



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