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


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.

Abyss Pool is the deepest hot spring in Yellowstone, at 53 feet.
It was named because this great depth makes it seem like the pool has no bottom... like an abyss...




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