Your symbol, Hexagram eighteen, discusses challenge, or the work that needs to be done to restore a situation that has fallen into chaos and decay. One needs to consider the events that led to the situation and the events that must follow. The hexagram uses the allegory of a son or daughter taking up the work of the deceased parents, or any similar challenge.
The first line, yin shows a child carrying on the work of the father. There is much opportunity.
The second line, yang, shows a child taking up the work of the family. It is better to do good work, rather than worry about reputation.
The third line, yang, shows a child carrying on the work of the father. It is better to make small errors, because that's the best way to learn. The effort alone is praiseworthy.
The fourth line, yin, shows a son dwelling on the father's mistakes. Work done in this mood will bring only shame and misfortune.
The fifth line, yin, shows a child willing and able to continue the family's work. Because the young apprentice learns to use the right tools, others will praise him.
The sixth line, yang, shows one who follows a career outside the family line. This person may work in the same mood of service and obtains the same results. This is the correct attitude of dedication and is worthy of praise.
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.