Hexagram Fifty-eight—Heroic Joy

Hexagram Fifty-eight is the hero, who brings satisfaction and happiness to the family, workplace, or society. Accomplishment and integrity add to the hero's reputation.

The first line, yang, shows a person who has a peaceful heart.

The second line, yang, shows that all grief disappears. One who is honest and has pure intentions brings happiness to everyone.

The third line, yin, shows one who feels there must be an atmosphere of harmony, who wishes to enforce harmony, even when it is out of place. This boarders on harmful action.

The fourth line, yang, shows that forced harmony creates uneasiness. One who points this out is the true hero. When there is a good reason for celebration, good feelings will come naturally.

The fifth line, yang, shows it is dangerous to trust people who mean harm. Learn to see the truth, rather than deny it.

The sixth line, yin, shows one who always tries to appear happy, even faking happiness. The attempt is not genuine, so it does not get the desired result. It is better to quit denying what is true.

Hexagram Fifty-eight Commentary

This hexagram focuses on the individual who is able to bring joy to others and become a hero. An accomplished person of integrity "brings satisfaction and happiness to the family, workplace, or society."

The subject of the first line, yang, is blessed with a peaceful heart. This in itself is an example of heroism.

The second line, yang, shows that a person of honest and pure intentions brings happiness to everyone and "all grief disappears."

The subject of the third line, yin, has a negative attitude. Rather than the genuine hero, this person tries to enforce harmony, even when it doesn't exist. The line says, "This boarders on harmful action."

The fourth line, yang, explains "forced harmony creates uneasiness." It may take a true hero to point out the hypocrisy. Good feelings must grow naturally when there is a reason to feel good again.

The fifth line, yang, is a warning to be careful who to trust. Learn to look at a situation and think rationally. It is better to learn to see the truth, and know whom to trust, rather than deny it.

The subject of the sixth line, yin, always tries to look happy, even if they have to fake it. This doesn't work, and the line says it would be better to quit pretending and learn to live with the truth.

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: