as if being deaf wasn't enough.
Line-6Legge: The sixth line, magnetic, shows dragons fighting in the wild. Their blood is purple and yellow.
Wilhelm/Baynes: Dragons fight in the meadow. Their blood is black and yellow. [While the top line of TheCreative indicates titanic pride and forms a parallel to the Greek legend of Icarus, the top line of The Receptive presents a parallel to the myth of Lucifer's rebellion against God, or to the battle between the powers of darkness and the gods of Valhalla, which ended with the Twilight of the Gods.]
Blofeld: Dragons contending in the wilderness shed black and yellow blood. [That is to say, Yin, the passive dark force, sometimes longs to possess the qualities of the celestial light force, Yang, and struggles to obtain them.]
Liu: Dragons fight in the wilderness. The blood is black and yellow.
Ritsema/Karcher: Dragons struggling tending-towards the countryside. Their blood: indigo, yellow.
Shaughnessy: The dragon fights in the wilds: its blood is black and yellow.
Cleary(1): Dragons battle in the field; the blood is dark yellow.
Wu: Dragons are fighting in the wild; their blood is bluish yellow.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: The onward course indicated by The Magnetic is pursued to extremity. Wilhelm/Baynes: The way comes to an end. Blofeld: The dragons contend, for their stock of merit is exhausted. Ritsema/Karcher: Their tao exhausted indeed. Cleary(2): The path reaches an impasse. Wu: Their destiny has come to an end.
Miscellaneous notes: When a magnetic force seeks to usurp a dynamic force, there is sure to be contention. The mention of dragons is to remind us of the dynamic power of Heaven. Because neither the dynamic nor magnetic power can be its opposite, blood is seen. The mixture of colors is the mixture of Heaven and Earth: Heaven is purple, and Earth is yellow.
Legge: What is said about the sixth line in hexagram number one,The Dynamic, was that the dragon there exceeded the proper limits. That idea here takes place in "the wild" as the magnetic line is transformed into a dragon who fights with the true dragon of the Creative Force. They fight and bleed, and their respective blood is the color of Heaven and Earth.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: The man is no longer content with his serving role. A bloody contest ensues. Injury to both parties occurs when serving elements attempt to rule.
Wing: An assertive and ambitious attempt is made to usurp power from an authority. A violent struggle will follow, resulting in injury to both parties.
Editor: When the magnetic principle tries to lead, when the ego tries to direct the Work, a devastating conflict erupts in the psyche. If this is the only changing line, the hexagram becomes number twenty-three, Disintegration. To receive this line is an extremely negative omen: beware!
A. A devastating clash of polarities is imaged.For the alchemists, a number of dragons fighting with each other illustrated the state of putrefactio (separating out the Elements, or psychic disintegration). J.E. Cirlot -- Dictionary of Symbols