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Hexagram 39
Chien - Obstruction

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yang above: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
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yin below: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Thirty-Nine/Line Five


Nine in the fifth place means:
In the midst of the greatest obstructions,
Friends come.

Battle of Moscow on September 7th 1812 - Adam Albrecht - Hermitage Museum


Here we see a man who is called to help in an emergency. He should not seek to evade the obstructions, no matter how dangerously they pile up before him. But because he is really called to the task, the power of his spirit is strong enough to attract helpers whom he can effectively organise, so that through the well-directed co-operation of all participants the obstruction is overcome.



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