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Hexagram 40
Hsieh - Deliverance

yin
yin above: Chên / The Arousing, Thunder
yang
yin
yang below: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
yin
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Forty/Line Four


Nine in the fourth place means:
Deliver yourself from your great toe.
Then the companion comes,
And him you can trust.

In times of standstill it will happen that inferior people attach themselves to a superior man, and through force of daily habit they may grow very close to him and become indispensable, just as the big toe is indispensable to the foot because it makes walking easier. But when the time of deliverance draws near, with its call to deeds, a man must free himself from such chance acquaintances with whom he has no inner connection. For otherwise the friends who share his views, on whom he could really rely and together with whom he could accomplish something, mistrust him and stay away.



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