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Hexagram 29
K'an - The Abysmal (Water)

yin
yang above: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
yin
yin
yang below: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
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Self portrait - Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Alma-Tadema
self portrait


CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Twenty-Nine/Line Two


Nine in the second place means:
The abyss is dangerous.
One should strive to attain small things only.

'A Coign of Vantage' - Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema1, 1895


When we are in danger we ought not to attempt to get out of it immediately, regardless of circumstances; at first we must content ourselves with not being overcome by it. We must calmly weigh the conditions of the time and be satisfied with small gains, because for the time being a great success cannot be attained. A spring flows only sparingly at first, and tarries for some time before it makes its way into the open.



1. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (January 8, 1836, Dronrijp, the Netherlands - June 25, 1912 Wiesbaden, Germany) was one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth century Britain.

Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there.
A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky.

Universally admired for his superb draftsmanship and depictions of Classical antiquity, during his lifetime, he fell into disrepute after his death and only in the last thirty years has his work been reevaluated for its importance within nineteenth-century English art.


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