Hexagram Twenty-eight

Your symbol, Hexagram 28, shows imperfection in great places. Despite the weaknesses there will be success, so it is better to keep going. Giving in to the weaknesses would bring failure.

The first line, yin, shows the offerings of sacrifice placed on clean grass mats on the ground. The offering shows purity and the ceremony is proper.

The second line, yang, shows an old man with a young wife, or an old willow tree producing new shoots. Despite the age and condition of the subject, there are auspicious signs of growth and renewal.

The third line, yang, shows the supporting beam of a structure that is weak. When the key person or element of a situation is weak, there will be misfortune.

The fourth line, yang, shows the supporting beam bowing slightly upward, as Chinese temple roofs bow upward. This is auspicious, and good fortune will come from the mood of the pure offering of the second line.

The fifth line, yang, shows a dying willow that produces a few shoots, or an old woman with a young husband. There is some advantage, but it does not last. Once a tree is dying, a few new shoots will not save it.

The sixth line, yin, shows its subject struggling too hard, as one may wade bravely into a stream until s/he drowns. Although no one would cast blame for a great person trying too hard, no good will come of it.





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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