I Ching Hexagram Interpretations

 

 

Hexagram

Richard Wilhelm Interpretation

Modern Interpretation

01. |||||| Force (乾 qin)

The Creative

Possessing Creative Power & Skill

02. Field (坤 kūn)

The Receptive

Needing Knowledge & Skill; Do not force matters and go with the flow

03. || Sprouting (屯 zhūn)

Difficulty at the Beginning

Sprouting

04. || Enveloping (蒙 mng)

Youthful Folly

Detained, Enveloped and Inexperienced

05. |||| Attending (需 xū)

Waiting

Uninvolvement (Wait for now), Nourishment

06. |||| Arguing (訟 sng)

Conflict

Engagement in Conflict

07. | Leading (師 shī)

The Army

Bringing Together, Teamwork

08. | Grouping (比 bǐ)

Holding Together

Union

09. ||||| Small Accumulating (小畜 xiǎo ch)

Small Taming

Accumulating Resources

10. ||||| Treading (履 lǚ)

Treading (Conduct)

Continuing with Alertness

11. ||| Pervading (泰 ti)

Peace

Pervading

12. ||| Obstruction (否 pǐ)

Standstill

Stagnation

13. ||||| Concording People (同人 tng rn)

Fellowship

Fellowship, Partnership

14. ||||| Great Possessing (大有 d yǒu)

Great Possession

Independence, Freedom

15. | Humbling (謙 qiān)

Modesty

Being Reserved, Refraining

16. | Providing-For (豫 y)

Enthusiasm

Inducement, New Stimulus

17. ||| Following (隨 su)

Following

Following

18. ||| Corrupting (蠱 gǔ)

Work on the Decayed

Repairing

19. || Nearing (臨 ln)

Approach

Approaching Goal, Arriving

20. || Viewing (觀 guān)

Contemplation

The Withholding

21. ||| Gnawing Bite (噬嗑 sh k)

Biting Through

Deciding

22. ||| Adorning (賁 b)

Grace

Embellishing

23. | Stripping (剝 bō)

Splitting Apart

Stripping, Flaying

24. | Returning (復 f)

Return

Returning

25. |||| Without Embroiling (無妄 w wng)

Innocence

Without Rashness

26. |||| Great Accumulating (大畜 d ch)

Great Taming

Accumulating Wisdom

27. || Swallowing (頤 y)

Mouth Corners

Seeking Nourishment

28. |||| Great Exceeding (大過 d gu)

Great Preponderance

Great Surpassing

29. || Gorge (坎 kǎn)

The Abysmal Water

Darkness, Gorge

30. |||| Radiance (離 l)

The Clinging

Clinging, Attachment

31. ||| Conjoining (咸 xin)

Influence

Attraction

32. ||| Persevering (恆 hng)

Duration

Perseverance

 

Hexagram

 

R. Wilhelm

 

Modern Interpretation

33. |||| Retiring (遯 dn)

Retreat

Withdrawing

34. |||| Great Invigorating (大壯 d zhung)

Great Power

Great Boldness

35. || Prospering (晉 jn)

Progress

Expansion, Promotion

36. || Brightness Hiding (明夷 mng y)

Darkening of the Light

Brilliance Injured

37. |||| Dwelling People (家人 jiā rn)

The Family

Family

38. |||| Polarising (睽 ku)

Opposition

Division, Divergence

39. || Limping (蹇 jiǎn)

Obstruction

Halting, Hardship

40. || Taking-Apart (解 xi)

Deliverance

Liberation, Solution

41. ||| Diminishing (損 sǔn)

Decrease

Decrease

42. ||| Augmenting (益 y)

Increase

Increase

43. ||||| Parting (夬 gui)

Breakthrough

Separation

44. ||||| Coupling (姤 gu)

Coming to Meet

Encountering

45. || Clustering (萃 cu)

Gathering Together

Association, Companionship

46. || Ascending (升 shēng)

Pushing Upward

Growing Upward

47. ||| Confining (困 kn)

Oppression

Exhaustion

48. ||| Welling (井 jǐng)

The Well

Replenishing, Renewal

49. |||| Skinning (革 g)

Revolution

Abolishing the Old

50. |||| Holding (鼎 dǐng)

The Cauldron

Establishing the New

51. || Shake (震 zhn)

Arousing

Mobilizing

52. || Bound (艮 gn)

The Keeping Still

Immobility

53. ||| Infiltrating (漸 jin)

Development

Auspicious Outlook, Infiltration

54. ||| Converting The Maiden (歸妹 guī mi)

The Marrying Maiden

Marrying

55. ||| Abounding (豐 fēng)

Abundance

Goal Reached, Ambition Achieved

56. ||| Sojourning (旅 lǚ)

The Wanderer

Travel

57. |||| Ground (巽 xn)

The Gentle

Subtle Influence

58. |||| Open (兌 du)

The Joyous

Overt Influence

59. ||| Dispersing (渙 hun)

Dispersion

Dispersal

60. ||| Articulating (節 ji)

Limitation

Discipline

61. |||| Centre Confirming (中孚 zhōng f)

Inner Truth

Staying Focused, Avoid Misrepresentation

62. || Small Exceeding (小過 xiǎo gu)

Small Preponderance

Small Surpassing

63. ||| Already Fording (既濟 j j)

After Completion

Completion

64. ||| Not-Yet Fording (未濟 wi j)

Before Completion

Incompletion

 

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