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


小畜

Hexagram 9
Hsiao Ch'u - The Taming Power of the Small

yang
yang above: Sun / The Gentle, Wind
yin
yang
yang below: Ch'ien / The Creative, Heaven
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Hexagram Nine/Line Three


Nine in the third place means:
The spokes burst out of the wagon wheels.
Man and wife roll their eyes.

Here an attempt is made to press forward forcibly, in the consciousness that the obstructing power is slight. But since, under the circumstances, power actually lies with the weak, this sudden offensive is doomed to failure. External conditions hinder the advance, just as loss of the wheel spokes stops the progress of a wagon. We do not yet heed this hint from fate, hence there are annoying arguments like those of a married couple. Naturally this is not a favourable state of things, for though the situation may enable the weaker side to hold its ground, the difficulties are too numerous to permit of a happy result. In consequence even the strong man cannot so use his power as to exert the right influence on those around him. He experiences a rebuff where he expected an easy victory, and he thus compromises his dignity.



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