22. Pi - Beauty of Form

Keeping Still Over The Clinging
Mountain Above, Fire/Sun Below


ATTRIBUTES ANATOMY ELEMENT COLOR SEASON DIRECTION FAMILY








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-- x -- Inertia Hand Stone Green Early Spring North East Youngest Son
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-- 0 --






---  --- Clarity/Light Eye Fire Yellow Summer South Middle Daughter
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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 at the base of the mountain.
He perceives the beauty of its form.
The man of knowledge may consider this
When dealing with minor concerns.
Controversial matters need more profound consideration.
Auspicious.
In modest affairs it is advantageous to initiate something.

The fire at the base of the mountain illuminates it and makes it pleasing to the eye. The light does not shine forth for great distances. The same could be said about the beauty of form which may brighten elements of lesser significance but questions of consequential nature must be decided in a way which considers more that the superficial beauty of the form of a situation. In any alliance, all parties must have similar feeling towards the beauty of the form of their association if it is to exist in an ordered and pleasant manner. To be able to interpret the beauty of the form around him brings success but this should not be the fundamental driving factor for his prosperity. The beauty of any form is only superficial and therefore should be a factor only when considering matters of slight significance. When a man is deliberating something of greater importance he must not let himself be blinded by the beauty of its form. He must look deeper inside for the more relevant factors and base his decision on these rather that the outer beauty of the situation. Although beauty is an integral part of what makes being human pleasing it should never be the most important factor in our lives. Deeper values must rule the heart of the man endowed with the important responsibility of ruling over others. His inner strength and proper code of ethics is much more important to his role than how he feels about the outer beauty of things. He must be able to penetrate the situation and judge it on its true merits. The actual beauty of the forms which exist in human society must be given proper reflection. It is only through clarity and peace of mind that beauty of form will manifest itself in it's proper context.



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 adorns his toes, forsakes the wagon And decides to walk.

A novice in an inferior position must take charge if the conditions of this situation are to move forward. He might be offered the occasion to covertly promote himself but he will refuse to embark on such an unworthy path. He will find it more appropriate to walk alone rather than to ride with others in a wagon if this causes deceit.


2 --X-- He adorns the beard on his jaw.

A beard is only the outer form of its content which is the jaw. To adorn the beard without consideration for the jaw which is its internal substance is the sign of an egotistic man. The man should weigh his words carefully.


3 --0-- Refined and tempered. If he is determined and consistent, He will meet with success.

The man is in a state of appreciation for the refined beauty in the forms around him and is thus of a tempered disposition. This quality of spirit can enhance a man but it can also overwhelm him. He should not let himself fall into a state of joyous inactivity but rather continue with a constant determination on the course which leads to the proper goals. His good fortune will be conditional to his holding fast to this type of attitude.


4 --X-- Refinement or purity? A white winged horse approaches. He is not a thief, But rather a suitor who will court When the time is proper.

A person does not know if he should aspire to reach outer beauty of form or inner modesty.The fact that the man holds a certain uncertainty about the question points to the solution. Substantiation of what he already knows will become apparent because of a chance encounter with an element from without. This is the reference to the white winged horse. White implies inner sincerity and modesty. The man may find it difficult, at first, to forsake the beauty of the forms with which he was able to surround himself but he will find true peace of mind within the genuine sincerity which will develop with the external element described earlier. The winged horse represents the divine contemplation which outshines all limitations imposed by temporality and dimensional space.


5 --X-- The mountains and grounds appear refined. He has little to offer. He is embarrassed but in the end, He will meet with good fortune.

A man is surrounded by people who see nothing but the empty beauty of the outer forms of things. They do not attempt to know the inner character of that which surrounds them but rather remain content in admiring the beauty of their outer forms. The man must retreat from this kind of surrounding. He must escape in solitude in order to remain true to himself. This is the only way he can remain unblemished by the wrong attitudes of those who presently surround him. Once he has withdrawn himself from this circle he will meet with someone else who is worthy of his friendship. The man might feel embarrased since he has only meager tokens of affection to offer his new friend but he should not feel this way. A true gift comes from the heart and the honesty of ones emotions. In the end, all will work out for the best.


6 --0-- Modest elegance. No guilt.

At the most elevated level of ones inner development, all exterior embellishments are abandoned. The outer form no longer obscures the inner substance of things and their true potential is achieved. The true beauty of form is not a matter of external adornment but rather is the knowledge of the uncomplicated and true nature of the inner purpose of the form.






 
 
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