Lu - The Traveler
The Clinging Over
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MOVING LINES are read from the bottom up in the hexagram and represent change. Weak becomes strong or strong becomes weak.
The moving lines in the hexagram are -- X -- a weak (broken) line becoming strong (solid) and -- 0 -- a strong (solid) line becoming weak (broken).
There is fire on the mountain.
The great man is clear headed and watchful
When dispensing punishment.
He prolongs no hearings.
Success through small undertakings.
Auspicious if the drifter is determined.
When fire breaks out on a mountain, it's light can be seen for
miles around. The fire will not stay in place but travels on in
it's search for fuel. However, its brightness does not last for a
long time since it soon runs out of combustible material. When
judging others, punishment and trials should be like the fire on
the mountain. The hearing should be carried out swiftly, and
punishment should be equal to the crime. Penalties should not be
of a permanent nature since permanence in punishment leaves no
room for reform. If a man is only traveling through, he can not
let his actions be viewed as being blunt or arrogant. He has no
considerable group of friends and should not give himself
insincere manners because everyone would see through his act and
this would cause resentment from the others. He must remain
discreet, watchful and controlled. This is the best way for him
to shelter himself from gaining a tainted attitude. If he can
show grace and be accommodating to the community in which he is a
stranger, he will win over their respect and gain acceptance.
This will bring about good fortune. The traveler has no home
which he can call his own so he must be particularly vigilant in
regard to his actions. He must maintain a constant and honorable
path in order to travel only in the appropriate locations and
connect with only the proper people. Once he can accomplish this
he can be assured of success and a safe journey. He should always
remember to deal with people the way he would like to have others
deal with him.
THE MOVING LINES - READ FROM THE LOWER LINE TO THE HIGHEST. THE BOTTOM LINE OF THE HEXAGRAM IS #1 AND THE TOP LINE IS #6.
1 --X-- The traveler occupies his time with petty matters.
Ominous. This is his own fault.
A traveler who moves from place to place should not weigh
himself down with the trivial and petty affairs which happen
to cross his path. A more modest approach is needed. Since he
is in a state of perpetual change and motion, he should avoid
uncertain and aggressive attitudes and maintain his inner
reserve. He would be foolish if he expected others to welcome
him if he acted in a way which others could perceive as
insincere. He must treat others with a sense of respect
regardless of what he feels about their actions otherwise he
would be greeted with scorn and an discourteous approach.
2 --X-- The traveler arrives at an inn.
All of his belongings are with him.
He gains the trust of a youthful attendant.
In this situation, the traveler is a humble and well mannered
person. He understands that for a traveler the only place
where he finds a resting point is attained through a constant
and renewing introspection of his inner principles. Since he
does not find a home in the outside world he must find refuge
within himself. Because of his modest and proper approach he
will be greeted as a friend. He will find assistance among the
others and his purpose will be achieved. He will even gain the
support of a person who will become a loyal and sincere
friend. This is a priceless benefit for a man who travels
through the lives of others.
3 --0-- The traveler's inn burns to the ground.
He lose's the trust of his youthful attendant
A traveler with an aggressive attitude will not be well accept
by the people whose lives he interacts with. If he begins to
intervene into affairs which are not of his concern he will be
chastised and will lose his right to a proper resting place
within their community. If he treats others with indifference
and vanity he will lose their support and esteem. Once the
situation has come this far, the traveler finds himself in a
very precarious position since he no longer has anyone he can
4 --0-- The traveler finds a haven and lingers on.
He gains possessions but does not feel at ease.
His heart feels sorrow.
This line speaks of a man who has inner strength and ambition
but who understands that when seen as a traveling stranger he
must refrain from openly demonstrating his power and
aspirations. This would only threaten the others who are
permanently devoted to the particular situation in which he
has wandered into. If he can maintain a low key approach to
his circumstances he will at least find a place to rest among
this community. With the proper attitude and outward bearing
he will even be allowed to accumulate possessions within this
group. However he must always remain watchful of others who
might become envious of his success. For this reason he is
never totally at ease with this new situation. He will always
be aware that he is a outsider adrift on an unfamiliar shore.
5 --X-- He kills a pheasant with his first arrow.
This will bring him compliments and position.
It was customary for those wanting to enter into the service
of the ruler to offer him a gift, in this case the pheasant.
In this particular situation, the man easily finds the right
connections which will bring him prominence and authority. He
will gain allies who shall compliment and suggest him for an
distinguished position. In the end, the ruler will accept him
and grant him considerable authority. If the man understands
that he must follow the proper custom in order to present
himself in a unfamiliar territory he will be able to gain
access to the right sphere of influence and thus achieve
prominence even in a strange land.
6 --0-- The bird's nest burns quickly.
The traveler laughs at first,
But then mourns and wails.
Because of his negligence, he will lose his cow.
A bird whose nest has burnt has lost its resting place. When a
bird build's his nest in a reckless fashion, it may be
destroyed and he would later have cause for sorrow. This
situation tells us that the man has not paid any attention to
the signs of impending peril and has acted in a careless
manner. He has shrugged off the signs of trouble and laughed
in the face of danger. This will cause him to feel sorrow in
the end since others will not empathize with his cause. If he
loses the support of others because his conceit and
inflexibility towards the situation, he should not expect the
others to feel any compassion for him.