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噬嗑

Hexagram 21
Shih Ho - Biting Through

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yin above: Li / The Clinging, Fire
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yin below: Chên / The Arousing, Thunder
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Hexagram Twenty-One/Line Three


Six in the third place means:
Bites on old dried meat
And strikes on something poisonous.
Slight humiliation. No blame.

Salted and dried meat


Punishment is to be carried out by someone who lacks the power and authority to do so. Therefore the culprits do not submit. The matter at issue is an old one — as symbolized by salted game — and in dealing with it difficulties arise. This old meat is spoiled: by taking up the problem the punisher arouses poisonous hatred against himself, and in this way is put in a somewhat humiliating position. But since punishment was required by the time, he remains free of blame.



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