K'un - Adversity (Depletion)
The Joyous Over
The Marsh/Mist Above,
The Deep/Water Below
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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).
The water has drained from the lake.
The great man wagers his own existence
On pursuing his own convictions.
Success in the face of adversity if he is determined.
The great man creates his own good fortune.
When he speaks, no one believes him.
If the water flows out from below the lake, it will become a
dry, depleted area. This is its destiny. It represents adverse
conditions in the human experience. When confronted with such a
situation, a man has no choice but to accept these conditions
and remain genuine to his internal nature by following his inner
convictions. Men which are superior in nature are held in check by
men of a lesser nature. Adverse conditions prevail for the time
being. When a man of superior nature finds himself under such
circumstances he uses this opportunity to go within and thus can
benefit from these conditions by realizing its potential for
inner growth. A man of inner strength will retain his inner
composure and maintain a joyful disposition in spite of the
oppressive state he finds himself in. This inner composure and
joy will at a later time be the origin of his good fortune. His
own inner balance will show itself more powerful and more durable
than the outer adversity of life's present conditions. It would
be unwise to deplete ones own vital forces at such a time since,
for now, nothing of significance can be accomplished. His must
adapt to the situation and remain in high spirits in order to
come through this type of life experience unharmed. If he uses
life's oppressive moments as a self-learning tool he will come
out of these experiences a stronger man each time. A lesser man
is not able to accomplish such a task. For the moment, superior
men have little influence since no one listens to them but, with
time, the situation will change. If he maintains his inner
strength and speaks with reserve, his influence and power are
destined to reveal themselves at a later date.
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-- Adversity while he is seated under a barren tree.
He drifts into a sorrowful state.
He will be blinded for three years.
When a man finds himself in the face of adversity, he should
find the strength from within himself to conquer his distress.
If he is weak from within, his problems will inevitably defeat
him. Rather that progressing from a position of strength, the
man chooses to experience self-pity and falls prey to
depression and desperation. This sort of attitude will only
make matters worse. This type of outlook stems from the fact
that he feels that he must prevail over the situation at any
2 --0-- Adversity while he eats and drinks.
A man of authority is approaching.
He should offer the spirits a tribute.
Ominous if he proceeds without proper preparation.
On the outside everything seems to be going well. The problems
that the man must face come from within. His strength seems to
have been depleted in futile aspirations and he sees no way
out. A man of authority will soon enter the scene because he
needs competent assistants. However inner adversity must still
be conquered and it would be wise for the man to confront this
adversity in the spiritual world by tribute and worship. If he
does no prepare himself properly for the task at hand he will
be fated to fail. He must be unwavering in his attempt to
purge himself of his inner flaws.
3 --X-- He lets himself be burdened by stone.
He rests on a bed of thorns.
In his house, he will not notice his own wife.
The man lets himself be troubled by matters which should not
be of much concern to him. In the face of this adversity he
blindly presses forward only to butt his head against a wall
of stone and then feels that the wall is his persecutor. Then
he leans on objects which by their very nature have no
firmness and which can injure him. Once he decides to turn
back and return home, his wife has abandoned him. His selfish
and reckless conduct have basically pushed out from under him
any support he might have previously gained. His endeavour is
doomed to fail.
4 --0-- He approaches silently in a golden carriage.
Disgrace, but the goal is attained.
A man of prominence and influence would like to improve
conditions for those who are less fortunate. Although his
intentions are of the noblest nature, he does not act with
swiftness and vigour in this task but rather hesitates and
even restrains himself in his actions. He then experiences a
certain amount of adversity. Strong and affluent friends pull
him away from his benevolent activities. He has no choice but
to follow them. For this reason he will be made to suffer much
humiliation and will feel that he has failed himself as well
as others. Luckily this situation will be temporary and in the
end he will be able to accomplish his objective.
5 --0-- His nose and feet have been slashed.
Happiness will come gradually.
Adveristy from the man of authority.
He should give the spirits tribute.
A good hearted man who would like to act in the best interests
of the whole community is being hindered from others above and
below him. He will discover that those who have the authority
and influence to assist him in his time of need will not be
inclined to do so. Fortunately, his situation will slowly and
gradually improve. However, until the time comes for him to
take the proper measures he should appeal to the divine forces
for strength to see things through. As long as his purpose is
selfless, in time, his requests will be answered.
6 --X-- Adversity from clinging vines.
His maneuvers are unsure.
If he can get a hold on his own emotions,
He shall overcome his unfortunate condition.
Auspicious in the end.
The man finds himself in a situation where the relations which
are hindering his progress can effortlessly be shattered. His
anguish is coming to conclusion. However, the man is not yet
determined and because of his fears he delays in taking the
proper course of action. As soon as he clearly understands the
circumstances his perspective will take a change for the
better. He will then have the determination to follow through
on his resolutions and he will be able to overcome his adverse