The JudgementTHE CLINGING. Perseverance furthers.
It brings success.
Care of the cow brings good fortune.
The ImageThat which is bright rises twice:
The image of FIRE.
Thus the great man, by perpetuating this brightness,
Illumines the four quarters of the world.
- 6 - The king used him to march forth and chastise.
Then it is best to kill the leaders
And take captive the followers. No blame.
- 5 - Tears in floods, sighing and lamenting.
- 4 - Its coming is sudden;
It flames up, dies down, is thrown away.
- 3 - In the light of the setting sun,
Men either beat the pot and sing
Or loudly bewail the approach of old age.
- 2 - Yellow light. Supreme good fortune.
- 1 - The footprints run crisscross.
If one is seriously intent, no blame.
CommentaryThis hexagram is another double sign.
The trigram Li means “to cling to something,” and also “brightness.”
A dark line clings to two light lines, one above and one below—the image of an empty space between two strong lines, whereby the two strong lines are made bright.
The trigram represents the middle daughter.
The Creative has incorporated the central line of the Receptive, and thus Li develops.
As an image, it is fire.
Fire has no definite form but clings to the burning object and thus is bright.
As water pours down from heaven, so fire flames up from the earth.
While K’an means the soul shut within the body, Li stands for nature in its radiance.