Hexagram Fifty-one

Your symbol is Hexagram number fifty-one, indicating the frightening and powerful force of thunder. This can be compared to any startling, distressful situation. One maintains his/her equilibrium by remaining steady. Once the danger has passed, people become cheerful again.

The first line, yang, shows the storm approaching. One who acknowledges the danger can later smile and talk about it cheerfully. This is a fortunate position.

The second line, yin, shows the storm engulfing. A wise person lets go of possessions that fly away in the wind. There is no reason to lament, for the goods are easily found once the storm has passed.

The third line, yin, shows one distressed by the thunder of the passing storm. Good fortune comes if this fear inspires one to action.

The fourth line, yang, shows one distressed by the storm, who sinks in the mud without taking action. Although this accomplishes nothing, all will be well once the storm has passed.

The fifth line, yin, shows one who tries to continue with his/her business despite the threatening storm. Perhaps this will increase the amount of work this person can accomplish.

The sixth line, yin, shows one who is deeply fearful and confused during the storm. It is better for this person to remain still, since movement in any direction could bring misfortune. There are some precautions this person could take as the storm approaches, but it would not gain the respect of others.





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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