Hexagram Two

Your symbol is Hexagram two, receptivity. All the lines of this hexagram are yin and the hexagram denotes firm progress and advantage.

In the first line a person who is walking on frosty ground soon finds that the ground has become solid ice. This represents the passive but strong quality of yin.

The second line says that the yin attributes of honesty, intuition, inner depth, and flexibility come naturally and do not need to be learned or rehearsed. Possessing these qualities is fortunate.

The third line shows the possessor of these qualities who diplomatically conceals his/her strengths until they are needed, just as some rich people may conceal the depths of their wealth. Working under a benevolent authority figure, one may wish to use his/her skills to increase the reputation of the leader.

The fourth line shows a closed purse or bag. The quality yin may involve restraint. Although this closes off new possibilities, it also prevents misfortune.

The fifth line shows a yellow garment, which implies a humble and honorable person. This is fortunate.

The sixth line shows fighting dragons, sending yellow blood to the earth and purple blood to the sky. This is the right conclusion of affairs.

A final note explains that the yin qualities of honesty and steady progress will lead to great 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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