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


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Hexagram 21
Shih Ho - Biting Through

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yin above: Li / The Clinging, Fire
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yin
yin below: Chên / The Arousing, Thunder
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Twenty-One/LineFive


Six in the fifth place means:
Bites on dried lean meat.
Receives yellow gold.
Perseveringly aware of danger.
No blame.

The case to be decided is indeed not easy but perfectly clear. Since we naturally incline to leniency, we must make every effort to be like yellow gold — that is, as true as gold and as impartial as yellow, the color of the middle [the mean]. It is only by remaining conscious of the dangers growing out of the responsibility we have assumed that we can avoid making mistakes.



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