Hexagram Forty-eight

Your symbol is Hexagram number forty-eight, uniting force. The image shows that in the center of a village there is a well. Townspeople may draw from it, yet the water level remains steady. In the same way, the ideal government acts to benefit the citizens. But when the bucket breaks or the rope is too short, government does not fulfill its promise. The analogy can also describe a household, business, or association.

The first line, yin, shows a muddy or contaminated well that is no use to anyone. A comparison can be made to corrupt or greedy officials.

The second line, yang, shows water leaking from a well or from the bucket, thus the water cannot be brought to the top to be used. This is like a government that will not govern properly.

The third line, yang, shows a well that the people have cleaned out, but still is not used. There is great sorrow in this. The ruler must make the wise decision to go back to the well. The people can be a source of wealth and stability the ruler has not recognized.

The fourth line, yin, shows a well that has been made correctly and lined with ceramic tiles. This is fortunate, although it would be better if the owner offered the water to the wider community.

The fifth line, yang, shows a clear, cool well with good water. The government and the people are in harmony and there is good fortune.

The sixth line, yin, shows water drawn from a well, which is not covered, symbolizing truthfulness. There is an inexhaustible supply, symbolizing sincerity.





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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