21. Shis Ho - Surmounting Adversity

The Clinging Over The Arousing
Fire/Sun Above, Thunder Below


ATTRIBUTES ANATOMY ELEMENT COLOR SEASON DIRECTION FAMILY








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---  --- Clarity/Light Eye Fire Yellow Summer South Middle Daughter
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-- x -- Movement Foot Grass Orange Spring East Eldest Son
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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).


Thunder and lightning rule the sky.
The ancient rulers made equitable laws
Through indisputable sentencing.
Surmounting the adversity will bring about victory.
Time has come to let justice prevail.

The sentencing must fit the character of the crime if the laws are to be followed. Proper laws leave no uncertainty as to the fairness of their application. Punishment must be defined by the nature of the crime in order for proper justice to prevail. A certain clarity of mind must be maintained when passing sentence on others. This principle is seen in the clarity of fire. Laws should be maintained by the swift and impartial allocation of punishment. This principle is seen in the terror of thunder. The combination of these two attributes unite to inspire a certain respect for the laws. Punishment is not to be a method to get at ones enemy, but if one has been wronged, one must use the law to its fullest extent. The only way for this to be possible is to have a fair and honorable system of law which is clear in its reason as well as its execution. In this situation there may well be someone that is intentionally doing injury to someone else. It is the man's duty to surmount this situation by using the laws and social organization to their fullest extent. If the man is right, the laws will see his side of the situation and prosecute the antagonist with fairness in retribution. Offenders need not be allowed to do as they please. Surmounting adversity will bring success to the man who perseveres. Knowing that he is right he should use whatever means he has to bring this situation to light before the lawful and social powers. He must be energetic in his efforts to pursue justice. His troubles will not leave by themselves. He must act for his own benefit. Sentencing and punishment are needed to eliminate the enemy. One must be sure that he acts with clarity of mind and that the penalties called for suit the crime. He must beware of becoming spiteful in such a situation.



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 --0-- His feet are restrained. He will not see his toes. No further blame.

The punishment for a first offence should be moderate in nature. Only the feet are to be restrained. The act of handing out a moderate sentence in this case will be sufficient to insure that the offense is not repeated. The offender thus becomes free of any further blame. He should be warned to stop now and be brought back on to the proper path.


2 --X-- He chews through soft meat. He will not see his nose. No further blame.

It is simple, in this situation, to distinguish between right and wrong. However, the man in this case meets with someone who is well anchored in his evil ways. When passing judgement over the situation the man should not let his own outrage or the anger of others affect his decision. He may go too far in handing out punishment. There is danger here that his resentment could block out his refined insights into the nature of human interaction. Since the offence was so serious in the first place, the punishment given out will not cause guilt for the man called upon to pass judgement.


3 --X-- He chews on old parched meat. And uncovers something toxic. Some disgrace, but no fault.

The elements causing problems in this situation are not new to it. Unfortunately the man in charge of overseeing to the punishment of the guilty party does not have the proper influence or power to handle this task in the correct manner. The guilty do not surrender willingly to his authority and this causes great difficulties for him. By bringing the corrupt conditions in their proper light the man has kindled old wounds and strong animosity is aimed towards him. This puts him in what could be considered to be an embarrassing position, but as the guilty needed to be penalised at this particular time, the man remains free of blame since he is only doing his duty.


4 --0-- He chews on parched meat, that is stuck to a bone. He obtains metal arrows. Determination will bring about good fortune, If he keeps in mind the difficulties ahead.

Obstructions of a powerful nature need to be defeated and adversaries of an equally powerful nature need to be brought before the proper authorities to be punished. The task at hand is a difficult one but the man will accomplish it through his determination. He must not let himself be swayed by pity or the enticements that may be brought before him. If he remains on the proper course and is conscious of the difficulties that lie ahead in bringing the guilty to justice, he will meet with success in the end.


5 --X-- He chews on sparse, parched meat. He obtains yellow gold. If he remains aware of the dangers ahead, Determination will bring about good fortune.

The situation which needs to be judged is not a simple matter but the wrongful elements are very clear. The man must not be tolerant of such actions. The punishment deserved for such an offence is obvious. He must remain unbiased and pure like gold while sticking to the middle road which is represented here by the color yellow. Only if he is aware of the perils which develop out of the responsibilities which have been bestowed upon him can he avoid mistakes and settle this situation with fairness.


6 --0-- His neck is in a harness. His ears have disappeared. Ominous.

The guilty man in this situation is incurable. His punishment will not detract him from his improper way of life. He will pay no heed to warnings. His stubborn attitudes will lead him to misfortune.






 
 
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