a sudden certain seriousness.
Line-5Legge: The fifth line, magnetic, shows its subject as one with tears flowing in torrents, and groaning in sorrow. There will be good fortune.
Wilhelm/Baynes: Tears in floods, sighing and lamenting. Good fortune.
Blofeld: His tears streamed forth as though to extinguish his piteous sighs -- good fortune! [Bitter regret serves us in good stead.]
Liu: A flood of tears, sighing, and sadness. Good fortune. [There may be suffering and mourning, but good fortune hides in misfortune.]
Ritsema/Karcher: Issuing-forth tears like gushing. Sadness like lamenting. Significant.
Shaughnessy: Going out with tears as if streaming and grief as if sighing; auspicious.
Cleary (1): Weeping and lamenting. Good fortune. [This is clearly knowing one is not illumined.]
Wu: With tears flowing profusely, he sighs with sorrow. Auspicious.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: This is due to her occupying the place of the ruler. Wilhelm/Baynes: [She] clings to king and prince. Blofeld: This good fortune stems from the rulers. [For purposes of divination, we may take it that "rulers" means anyone with authority over us.]Ritsema/ Karcher: Radiance: the kingly prince indeed. Cleary (2): The good fortune of the fifth yin is cleaving to rulers. [This represents concentration in balance, which can bring forth genuine insight; therefore progress is certain. “Weeping and lamenting” refers to abstention from complacency and presumption; this is always characteristic of the study of sages.] Wu: The auspiciousness is due to his adherence to the king. [When he is humble enough to pledge allegiance to the higher authority, he will be rewarded with good fortune.]
Legge: Line five is central in the place of honor, but she is magnetic, as is her correlate in line two. Her position between the dynamic four and six fills her with anxiety and apprehension -- shown by her weeping and groaning. But such demonstrations are proof of her inward adherence to humility and correctness, so there will be good fortune.
Anthony: We attain a clear view when, in going through difficulties, we acknowledge that adversity is necessary for growth. This change of heart displaces vain considerations that accompany change, such as dread at growing older, being unattractive, or having to go through embarrassing decreases of ego. We overcome vanity when we realize that the ego, despite its bravado, has nothing to do with our success, and is an obstruction to progress.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: The man reaches the zenith of life. After experiencing certain disappointments, he recognizes the vanity of human behavior. If he modifies his value system and mood, good fortune will eventually be realized.
Wing: A true change of heart is occurring. Such dramatic change is sometimes accompanied by a deep grief. Yet with this grief comes good fortune because the change will bring better times for all concerned.
Editor: If this is the only moving line, the hexagram is changed to number thirteen, Union of Forces, the corresponding line of which reads: "The representative of the Union of Forces first wails and cries out, and then laughs..." The present position thus describes the struggles and pains involved in growth, and the "union of forces" is the product of this growth. Since this hexagram refers to clarity and comprehension, the increase could be the creation of new concepts or ideas. Because this is a magnetic line located between two dynamic lines there is conveyed the idea of mediating between two extremes. This mediation is necessarily a balancing act, as the stress of the position indicates.
A. Growing pains are harbingers of integration.Suffering that is not understood is hard to bear, while on the other hand it is often astounding to see how much a person can endure when he understands the why and the wherefore. A philosophical or religious view of the world enables him to do this, and such views prove to be, at the very least, psychic methods of healing if not of salvation. Jung -- The Symbolic Life
B. The shattering of illusions is never pleasant, yet the pain is a prelude to something better.
C. Growing pains, but still growing!
Line-6Legge: The sixth line, dynamic, shows the king employing his subject in his punitive expeditions. Achieving admirable merit, he breaks only the chiefs of the rebels. Where his prisoners were not their associates, he does not punish. There will be no error.
Wilhelm/Baynes: The king uses him to march forth and chastise. Then it is best to kill the leaders and take captive the followers. No blame.
Blofeld: The King went forth to set things to rights and, blessed by heaven with victory, he destroyed the leader of the rebels; but he did not chastise the rebel followers -- no error!
Liu: The king goes to fight. Victory. He kills the leader and captures the followers. No blame.
Ritsema/Karcher: Kinghood availing-of issuing-forth chastising. Possessing excellence. Severing the head. Catching in-no-way its demons. Without fault.
Shaughnessy: The king goes out on campaign; there is the joy of cutting off heads and bagging the non-masses; there is no trouble.
Cleary (1): The king hereby goes on an expedition; there is good luck, and he crushes the leader. As the captive is not the common followers, there is no blame.
Cleary (2): The king goes on an expedition, has good luck, and overcomes the leader, taking captives, but not because they are repugnant. No fault.
Wu: The king leads his expedition, commends those who kill the defiant chieftains, and captures those who are against his people. There will be no blame.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: The object is to bring the regions to a correct state. Wilhelm/Baynes: In order to bring the country under discipline. Blofeld: To rectify the affairs of the various states comprising his realm. [This passage implies that we may be compelled to resort to forceful measures but that we should avoid chastising those who have been led to do harm by others.] Ritsema/Karcher: Using correcting the fiefdoms indeed. Cleary (2): To bring correct order to the country. Wu: He does what is good for the country.
Legge: Line six. dynamic and at the top of the figure, has the intelligence denoted by its trigrams in the highest degree, as well as his own proper vigor. Because of this his achievements are great, and since his generous consideration is equally conspicuous he falls into no error.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: The man is employed by the ruler to conduct punitive expeditions. He kills the ringleaders of the enemy but spares the followers. He roots out the bad but tolerates the relatively harmless. He avoids excessive punishments.
Wing: It is up to you to penetrate to the source of trouble in the situation and eradicate it. Act with moderation however, in dealing with others who may have been duped into wrong thinking. Once the major problem is out of the way, order will reign. (Note: This line may refer to a bad habit or character weakness.)
Editor: The image here is one of analysis -- Clarity as a function of logic. The idea is to sort out all the elements of the situation, remove the source of error but retain the good elements. The peak of Clarity is reached when one takes action based upon lucid differentiation between the defective (or dangerous) and the useful.
A. One differentiates between harmful and benign elements within the situation.If, as administrators of His kingdom, you have not governed justly nor observed the law, nor behaved as God would have you behave, He will fall on you swiftly and terribly. Ruthless judgment is reserved for the high and mighty; the lowly will be compassionately pardoned. Wisdom 6: 4-7
Bob: Funny that it takes a sense of fuckinaround to effect the breeze that fills my sails as a much-needed (and long waited-for) second wind. Which blew Boots to Ski Apache this morning, the application of a gondola ride, and a better sense of what this day looks and sound likes and does for Boots.
This will, I think, make for a very healthy push up the rest of the mountain.
I'm back, again.