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


Hexagram 38
K'uei - Opposition

yang
yin above: Li / The Clinging, Flame
yang
yin
yang below: Tui / The Joyous, Lake
yang

CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Thirty-Eight/Line Six


Nine at the top means:
Isolated through opposition,
One sees one's companion as a pig covered with dirt,
As a wagon full of devils.
First one draws a bow against him,
Then one lays the bow aside.
He is not a robber; he will woo at the right time.
As one goes, rain falls; then good fortune comes.

'Rain Princess' - Leonid Afremov


Here the isolation is due to misunderstanding; it is brought about not by outer circumstances but by inner conditions. A man misjudges his best friends, taking them to be as unclean as a dirty pig and as dangerous as a wagon full of devils. He adopts an attitude of defence. But in the end, realising his mistake, he lays aside the bow, perceiving that the other is approaching with the best intentions for the purpose of close union. Thus the tension is relieved. The union resolves the tension, just as falling rain relieves the sultriness preceding a thunderstorm. All goes well, for just when opposition reaches its climax it changes over to its antithesis.



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