Hexagram Twelve

Your symbol is Hexagram 12, which shows the inhumanity of the strong trying to obstruct the weak. This is an unbalanced situation and the obstructors will encounter defeat.

The first line, yin, shows one who pulls up a clump of grass, bringing with it other stalks that are connected by the roots. This will bring good fortune if the person remains honest and sincere, but exploitation and greed will lead to ruin.

The second line, yin, shows a docile and obedient worker accepting service in a humble mood. If the leader exploits the worker there will be great misfortune for the leader; rather, he should strive to improve the worker's situation.

The third line, yin, shows its subject feeling ashamed for taking advantage of the weak. This person can redeem the situation through sincere understanding and apology, otherwise there will be misfortune.

The fourth line, yang, shows that affairs have been rectified and brought into harmony. Friends will share in the happiness of one who has mended all transgressions.

The fifth line, yang, shows the leader situated in the proper position, though the temptation to exploit and mistreat others is still present.

The sixth line, yang, shows the leader setting things right once and for all. From that time on there will be happiness and good fortune.





To the reader: Most of the hexagrams have at least one line that predicts bad results, but that does NOT mean you are fated to that result. The hexagrams illustrate different attitudes, so study the actions and reactions to learn the attitudes that will lead to better outcomes.

The I Ching teaches you to flow with changes. Create positive change from the inside through conscious living. Your future is in your hands. Consult the I Ching for ideas that lead to clear thinking and positive mental attitude. Reading the I Ching helps you take the time to reflect on your attitudes and ideas.

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A note from the author: I wrote this version of the iChing in 1994 and put it online at Surrealist.org in 2000. It is now available as an e-book. Click here to see Learning to Flow with the Dao at Amazon.com.


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