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


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 Six


Nine at the top means:
The bird's nest burns up.
The wanderer laughs at first,
Then must needs lament and weep.
Through carelessness he loses his cow.
Misfortune.

'Cow in love' - Hoenderloo Holland 2009 - photo Lex van den Bos


The picture of a bird whose nest burns up indicates loss of one's resting place. This misfortune may overtake the bird if it is heedless and imprudent when building its nest. It is the same with a wanderer. If he lets himself go, laughing and jesting, and forgets that he is a wanderer, he will later have cause to weep and lament. For if through carelessness a man loses his cow — i.e., his modesty and adaptability — evil will result.



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