Hexagram Fifty-seven

Your symbol is Hexagram number 57, influence of the great over the small. When powerful people move in a given direction, those under them tend to follow. This adds momentum and gives direction to the small.

The first line, yin, describes a person who follows the latest trend, or line of reasoning without having a steadfast purpose. It is better to have the strength and purpose of a warrior.

The second line, yang, explains that divine inspiration will bring good fortune, whereas following the crowd will take one to lower levels.

The third line, yang, shows that repeatedly conforming to society's expectations will bring regret.

The fourth line, yin, shows a true individual, able to give up his/her grief and set out with definite purpose. This attitude will bring good fortune.

The fifth line, yang, shows that once the journey is started, there will be good fortune. One must be steadfast and careful at every step, for perfect balance is needed to accomplish great works.

The sixth line, yang, shows an individual in a society of unimaginative, conservative individuals. It is unfortunate to be a leader among people in this state of mind.

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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