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Hexagram 47
K'un - Oppression (Exhaustion)

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

Hexagram Forty-Seven/Line Five


Nine in the fifth place means:
His nose and feet are cut off.
Oppression at the hands of the man with the purple knee bands.
Joy comes softly.
It furthers one to make offerings and libations.

Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736 - 1795)


An individual who has the good of mankind at heart is oppressed from above and below (this is the meaning of the cutting off of nose and feet). He finds no help among the people whose duty it would be to aid in the work of rescue (ministers wore purple knee bands). But little by little, things take a turn for the better. Until that time, he should turn to God, firm in his inner composure, and pray and offer sacrifice for the general well-being.



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