Hexagram Twenty-one

Your symbol is Hexagram 21, gnawing, or persistence. Such persistence can be seen in a legal tort, where one party pursues the other with tenacity. The analogy of biting into flesh shows the violent, but necessary attitude to succeed in this heated situation.

The first line, yang, shows one with his feet inside tight socks, feeling as if the toes will never come out again. Such constraint forces one to recognize the immediacy of the situation and act accordingly.

The second line, yin, shows one who bites another's nose and through force of purpose, bites it off. Truth and justice are the motivating force, so there is no blame.

The third line, yin, shows one who is tenacious, who bites into flesh and finds something disagreeable. There will be some regret, but s/he has not committed a great error.

The fourth line, yang, shows one gnawing dried meat on a bone. Realizing the difficulty of the work, one must work with diligence. Ultimately efforts are rewarded with money and gold arrows.

The fifth line, yin, shows one gnawing on dried flesh. The position is dangerous, but with care and determination, one finds the sought after gold.

The sixth line, yang, shows one bound by a slave's yoke. There is a warning not to invest one's higher self in the conflict. Better to fight with great strength, while remaining inwardly detached.





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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