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


女后

Hexagram 44
Kou - Coming to Meet

yang
yang above: Ch'ien / The Creative, Heaven
yang
yang
yang below: Sun / The Gentle, Wind
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Forty-Four/Line Five


Nine in the fifth place means:
A melon covered with willow leaves.
Hidden lines.
Then it drops down to one from heaven.

Willow leaves


The melon, like the fish, is a symbol of the principle of darkness. It is sweet but spoils easily and for this reason is protected with a cover of willow leaves. This is a situation in which a strong, superior, well-poised man tolerates and protects the inferiors in his charge. He has the firm lines of order and beauty within himself but he does not lay stress upon them. He does not bother his subordinates with outward show or tiresome admonitions but leaves them quite free, putting his trust in the transforming power of a strong and upright personality. And behold! Fate is favourable. His inferiors respond to his influence and fall to his disposition like ripe fruit.



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