Hexagram Thirty-two

Your symbol is Hexagram 32, enduring the struggle. The situation appears incorrect, but there has been no mistake. Advantage will come in being steadfast and sincere.

The first line, yin, shows one who wants to secure a commitment before it is possible. Feeling needlessly insecure will only make things worse.

The second line, yang, shows that remaining balanced, the insecurity passes and the situation actually becomes more sure.

The third line, yang, shows one who breaks his/her faith instead of remaining true. When the situation passes, s/he will have added cause for regret and critics will have cause to cast blame.

The fourth line, yang, shows one searching in a vacant field for game. A futile struggle will never bring the desired result.

The fifth line, yin, shows a careful woman married to an adventurous man. The situation is harmonious, but the woman should not impose her method of virtue on the man.

The sixth line, shows that once the crisis has passed, the leadership tries to keep up the mood of excitement. This will not increase production, but rather will bring misfortune.

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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