Hexagram Thirty—Radiance

Hexagram Thirty signifies fiery intelligence. When one possesses extreme brilliance it is better to be docile like a cow, rather than try to dazzle others.

Line one, yang, shows one struck with inspiration, who goes forward with confused, unsteady steps. Guided by intuition, this person is blameless and makes no mistakes.

Line two, yin, shows an auspiciously colored yellow room. The color yellow suggests that balance will come.

Line three, yang, shows the fiery brilliance declining, like the setting sun. Instead of celebrating the natural cycles of dark and light, the subject laments like a feeble old person. This is unfortunate.

Line four, yang, shows a self-centered person bursting upon the scene, full of their own ideas and brilliance. Such an abrupt show of self-indulgence will be rejected by everyone.

Line five, yin, in a weakened position, shows tears of humiliation. Then subject of this line is strengthened by tears of repentance.

Line six, yang, shows a king on a campaign to restore order to the countryside. He arrests the leaders of the rebels, but not the followers who are innocent. The king, through his brilliance, protects his faithful subjects. He does not punish people needlessly.

Hexagram Thirty Commentary

This hexagram explains the best attitude for a person of "fiery intelligence," or "extreme brilliance." Possessing extreme intelligence is a gift, but the correct attitude is "to be docile like a cow," rather than egotistical, loud, or rebellious. People with fiery intelligence can be charismatic, but to use their power for good, there are a few things they need to learn.

Line one, yang, shows the second best way to channel brilliant inspiration. The best way is to think things through and consult with advisors, but the subject of this line "goes forward with confused unsteady steps." However, because the subject is "guided by intuition," things work out okay.

The metaphor in line two, yin, is a yellow room. The auspicious color suggests balance will come. If a person really is brilliant, then like the bright room, the knowledge of self-control will evolve naturally.

Fiery intelligence may also fade, just as the sun sets in natural cycles of dark and light. Extreme brilliance ebbs and flows like everything else, so it's better to accept this than to complain, as this line, yin, says, "like a feeble old person."

Line four, yang, shows a self-centered brilliant person who bursts in and tries to dominate a situation. This only serves to annoy everyone. There's nothing more irritating than a brilliant, but insecure person, who turns arrogant and domineering.

After making a fool of oneself, like the person in line four, line five, yin, explains the proper attitude. First the person may cry tears of humiliation or self-pity, but soon the person transitions to tears of repentance. This is a positive shift in attitude.

The metaphor in line six, yang, is a king who goes on a campaign to restore order. He arrests the arrogant, self-centered leaders of the rebellion, but lets all the followers go free because they are innocent. The monarch, "through his brilliance," protects the innocent and reprimands the arrogant rebel leaders.

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: