Hexagram Fourteen—Wealth

Hexagram Fourteen shows a wealthy kingdom, family, or individual. The only danger is that excessive pride may enter, but most likely the subject will remain humble.

The first line, yang, shows its subject avoiding a troublesome situation. This is the correct reaction.

The second line, yang, shows a wagon carrying a heavy load. It is auspicious to move forward at this time.

The third line, yang, shows a qualified person performing great works. An unqualified person, through undue pride, would make mistakes.

The fourth line, yang, shows that powerful people are able to control themselves in difficult situations.

The fifth line, yin, shows the humility of truly great people, and the support of all those around them. They are worthy leaders.

The sixth line, yang, shows a person who derives strength from a higher power.

Hexagram Fourteen Commentary

The introduction to this hexagram establishes a situation where life is as good as it gets. The main downfall would be arrogance, but it says, "most likely the subject will remain humble."

The first line, yang, shows a humble person with good emotional boundaries who feels free to say no to situations that may bring trouble. We all need to say no when necessary, and the line confirms, "This is the correct traction."

The second line, yang, is a picture of a wagon carrying a heavy load. It says in this situation, the proper thing to do is move forward. When you're doing life well, simply keep going.

The third line, yang, shows why one person's life may work well and another person's life may not work at all. In this example, the first person is qualified and knows what they're doing. The other person is arrogant and unqualified. The arrogant person can try to accomplish things, but will probably make mistakes.

Qualified people learn to control themselves in stressful situations. The fourth line, yang, says this is the correct attitude.

Truly great people gain others' support because of their good qualities like integrity and humbleness. The fifth line, yin says, "They are worthy leaders."

There are times in life when we must draw on inner strength and trust our higher power. The sixth line, yang, shows trusting a benevolent higher power is the correct 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 I Ching in 1994 and put it online at in 2000. It is also available at Amazon: