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Hexagram 53
Chien - Development (Gradual Progress)

yang
yang above: Sun / The Gentle, Wind, Wood
yin
yang
yin below: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
yin
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Hexagram Fifty-Three/Line Six


Nine at the top means:
The wild goose gradually draws near the cloud heights.
Its feathers can be used for the sacred dance.
Good fortune.

Snow-geese with crescent moon


Here life comes to its end. A man's work stands completed. The path rises high toward heaven, like the flight of wild geese when they have left the earth far behind. There they fly, keeping to the order of their flight in strict formation. And if their feathers fall, they can serve as ornaments in the sacred dance pantomimes performed in the temples. Thus the life of a man who has perfected himself is a bright light for the people of the earth, who look up to him as an example.



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