Chi Chi - Beyond Completion
The Abyss Over
The Deep/Water Above,
|-- x --
|-- x --
|-- 0 --
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).
Water above the fire.
The great man anticipates misfortune
And prepares himself for its approach.
Beyond Completion. Success in modest undertakings.
Determination brings about achievements.
Auspicious in the beginning.
Ominous in the end.
When water is heated by fire, it turns to steam and can be
used to produce energy. However one must be careful when handling
this type of system because of its heat and of the high pressure
which is being generated. If the water is allowed to boil over,
the fire will then be doused and the resulting energy will be
lost. It the fire is too hot, the water will dissipate itself
into the air of the pressure will build too high and blow up its
container. Only through utmost prudence can such a system safely
be used to generate energy without causing destruction. In
certain life situations, all seems to be working in harmony and
everything looks as if it is in its proper place but one should
nevertheless be cautious in order to prevent potential threats.
Once an ideal state of balance has been attained, it can do
nothing else but to regress back into a state of instability.
Once a man has reached the top of a mountain, his movement can
bring him nowhere else but down. It is a simple law of nature
which states that what goes up must inevitably come back down. In
this situation, a passage of some kind has come to its successful
conclusion. Everything seems to be in the right place and at the
right time. However the wise man understands the transient nature
of the world and remains prudent when it comes to rejoicing about
any of his achievements. He remains discreet in his excitement
and maintains the proper attitude which is one of modesty. Since
all is going so well, he might be tempted to simply let nature
take its course but he must be determined to insure that even the
smallest details have been tended to. Only through his meticulous
and cautious approach towards the situation can he prevent it
from reverting back to a chaotic state.
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-- He puts on the brakes.
He wets his tail.
When things are quickly changing, advancing movements push
towards evolution and growth. When this movement is still in
its embryonic form, this type of movement can prove to be
detrimental. To try to move forward too quickly without first
insuring that there is a strong foundation to grow upon will
only lead to the eventual fall of what is being erected. A
great man understands this fact and does not let himself be
swayed by the frenzy of those around him. He knows that it
takes time to build something of lasting value and set forth
slowly and carefully in order not to overlook any of the
significant factors. the man might still, in the end, be
affected by this situation but at least if he has taken the
proper precautions and attitude he will not withstand any
2 --X-- She loses the screen of her coach.
She should not run after it.
It will be returned to her on the seventh day.
This is a situation where those who hold power become pompous
and vain. A person is not able to gain the confidence from the
others and find that he can not fulfill his duties properly.
He should not try to draw attention towards himself in order
to gain the trust of others but rather should wait quietly for
times to get better suited for his actions while inwardly
cultivating his own character. In due time he will be able to
gain the confidence of others and accomplish his task. For now
all he can do is wait for conditions to change in his favour.
3 --0-- The great ruler assaulted hell's domain.
He defeated it after three years.
Mediocre men must not be used in this battle.
When dealing with a situation where expansion is called for
after a strong base has been established one should not use
mediocre people for this task. In order for the center to
remain strong those who are used to administer in post which
are at a distance from the canter must have a strong
allegiance to the central organization. One must place men of
trust in the outer regions of the structure if its canter is
to remain strong. Establishing such a large and lasting
arrangement takes time and men of character.
4 --X-- His most refined garments turn to rags.
All day long, he must remain extremely cautious.
In times of growth, minor setback are bound to happen. These
should be looked at very carefully because they point to the
weaknesses which will later become great faults if not dealt
with appropriately. If these deficiencies are simply covered
up for the time being they will later resurface with much
greater strength. The wise man understands that the roots of
these deficiencies must be eliminated now, even if this means
that he must pause in his forward movement for some time, in
order for his growth to take the proper course in the future.
5 --0-- The neighbour from the east sacrifices an ox
But does not obtain genuine happiness.
The neighbour from the west makes a modest offering
And receives the blessing of the divine forces.
Spiritual homage and beliefs are most often a product of ones
environment. The more complex a society becomes the more
complex will become their form of spiritual worship. The
divine powers do not require intricate forms of adulation in
order to be heard. When worship becomes too complicated men
will tend to loose part of their inner sincerity. Human
eccentricity and pomp will tend to replace the simple
acceptance of the universal will of the divine. The important
factor when paying homage to the divine is what lies deep
within the heart. The divine spirit can not be fooled by
exterior demonstrations of faith if one does not truly
believe. Only men can be deceived by such a crude distortion.
If a man truly hold deep within his heart the will of the
divine his homage although very simple will surpass any homage
however grandiose which is given without genuine acceptance of
the divine laws of the universe.
6 --X-- His is submerged under water. Danger.
In this situation, the troubled waters are behind the man. He
will meet with difficulties only if he decides to turn back
and fixes his attention on the wonderful feat he has just
accomplished by getting himself out of this complication. This
type of conceit and immodesty will bring misfortune upon him.
He must move forward not that the danger has passed if he is
not to fall prey to the same perils he has just overcome. He
should not look back upon his triumphs and failures but
simply move on to the next phase of his life.