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Hexagram 29
K'an - The Abysmal (Water)

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yang above: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
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yang below: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Twenty-Nine/Line Five


Nine in the fifth place means:
The abyss is not filled to overflowing,
It is filled only to the rim.
No blame.

Danger comes because one is too ambitious. In order to flow out of a ravine, water does not rise higher than the lowest point of the rim. So likewise a man when in danger has only to proceed along the line of least resistance; thus he reaches the goal. Great labours cannot be accomplished in such times; it is enough to get out of the danger.



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