Your symbol is Hexagram number forty-seven, a stifling situation, like a tree that grows in an enclosed area with little room to spread its branches. A strong person will make it through this impasse, but not with mere words. Because of the situation, words would be ignored.
The first line, yin, shows one who has entered a valley of uncertainty. This person sits on a tree stump contemplating the years that may have to pass before relief will come.
The second line, yang, shows one exhausted, who has partaken of food and drink. When the royal representative comes, it will be well to offer that person all respect. Although an undertaking has been unsuccessful, it is no one person's fault.
The third line, yin, shows a prince who rests on a rocky hillside covered with thorns. Returning to his palace, he finds his wife has left. This lack of support is unfortunate.
The fourth line, yang, shows a person in a golden carriage, sent to relieve the person in the first line, but late in arriving. Although there is some delay, in the end there will be a fruitful partnership.
The fifth line, yang, shows a regal person frustrated in his/her attempts. It is as if his/her nose and feet have been cut off. Despite setbacks, the situation is still comfortable. This person is advised to be sincere, appealing to a higher power for support.
The sixth line, yin, shows one entangled as if bound by creepers. A negative attitude will be a self-fulfilling prophecy; it is better to go forward with a positive attitude.
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 and 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. Continue asking until you feel positive about your course.
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A note about this interpretation of the I Ching: Nori Muster 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..