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Hexagram 56
Lü - The Wanderer

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yin above: Li / The Clinging, Fire
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yin below: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Fifty-Six/Line Five


Six in the fifth place means:
He shoots a pheasant.
It drops with the first arrow.
In the end this brings both praise and office.

Traveling statesmen were in the habit of introducing themselves to local princes with the gift of a pheasant. Here the wanderer wants to enter the service of a prince. To this end he shoots a pheasant, killing it at the first shot. Thus he finds friends who praise and recommend him, and in the end the prince accepts him and confers an office upon him.
Circumstances often cause a man to seek a home in foreign parts. If he knows how to meet the situation and how to introduce himself in the right way, he may find a circle of friends and a sphere of activity even in a strange country.

Male pheasant - Picardie France 2012 - photo Lex van den Bos




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