The JudgementPREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT.
The ridgepole sags to the breaking point.
It furthers one to have somewhere to go.
The ImageThe lake rises above the trees:
The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT.
Thus the superior man, when he stands alone,
And if he has to renounce the world,
He is undaunted.
- 6 - One must go through the water.
It goes over one’s head.
Misfortune. No blame.
- 5 - A withered poplar puts forth flowers.
An older woman takes a husband.
No blame. No praise.
- 4 - The ridgepole is braced. Good fortune.
If there are ulterior motives, it is humiliating.
- 3 - The ridgepole sags to the breaking point.
- 2 - A dry poplar sprouts at the root.
An older man takes a young wife.
- 1 - To spread white rushes underneath.
CommentaryThis hexagram consists of four strong lines inside and two weak lines outside.
When the strong are outside and the weak inside, all is well and there is nothing out of balance, nothing extraordinary in the situation.
Here, however, the opposite is the case.
The hexagram represents a beam that is thick and heavy in the middle but too weak at the ends.
This is a condition that cannot last; it must be changed, must pass, or misfortune will result.