I don't talk about it much but is the bell that can't be unrung.
Shocked? Yeah, just a tad.
Line-1Legge: The first line, dynamic, shows its subject, when the movement approaches, looking out and around with apprehension, and afterwards smiling and talking cheerfully. There will be good fortune.
Wilhelm/Baynes:Shock comes -- Oh, Oh! Then follow laughing words -- Ha, Ha! Good fortune.
Blofeld: Thunder comes with a mighty roar which changes to noisy glee -- good fortune!
Liu:Thunder comes -- ho ho! Later there are smiles and happy words -- ha ha! Good fortune.
Ritsema/Karcher: Shake coming: frightening, frightening. After laughing words, shrieking, shrieking. Significant.
Shaughnessy: Thunder comes so renewingly; afterwards laughter and talk yaya; auspicious.
Cleary (1): When thunder comes, alarm; afterward, laughter. Auspicious.
Wu: When motion comes, it frightens people. Later, it makes people talk and laugh. This is auspicious.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: That feeling of dread leads to happiness because he adopts proper laws for his course. Wilhelm/Baynes: Fear brings good fortune. Afterward one has a rule. Blofeld: Its frightening roar causes fear which leads to happiness; its noisy glee is followed by good order. [Fear is often a good mentor; by causing us to change our ways it leads to happiness.]Ritsema/Karcher: Anxiety involving blessing indeed. Afterwards possessing by- consequence indeed. Cleary (2): Fear brings fortune. Afterward there is a model. Wu: Fear leads to blessings. Law and order will follow.
Legge: What is said on line one is little more than a repetition of the principal part of the Judgment. The line is dynamic in a dynamic place, and gives a good auspice.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: At the outset, an unexpected movement causes the man to be apprehensive. But he soon smiles with confident relief as the ordeal passes.
Wing: An unexpected event may frighten you. You may see it as dangerous, and all the feelings that accompany danger will rise up in you. Yet the ordeal will end, bringing you great relief. Good fortune is indicated.
Editor: Blofeld's note on the Confucian commentary sums up the meaning of the line best: "Fear is often a good mentor; by causing us to change our ways, it leads to happiness.” When this is the only changing line, the new hexagram becomes Number sixteen, Enthusiasm, giving us an altogether energetic and action-oriented image.
A. Powerful forces suddenly upset the status-quo. The way is cleared for something new. Remain calm.When a vision comes from the thunder beings of the west, it comes with terror like a thunder storm; but when the storm of vision has passed, the world is greener and happier; for wherever the truth of vision comes upon the world, it is like a rain. The world, you see, is happier after the terror of the storm. Black Elk
B. A surprise causes one to re-arrange one's thinking. Fear is followed by relief.