Family (37)


The Judgement

THE FAMILY.  The perseverance of the woman furthers.

The Image

Wind comes forth from fire:
The image of THE FAMILY.
Thus the superior man has substance in his words
And duration in his way of life.

Line Poems

  • 6 - His work commands respect. In the end good fortune comes.
  • 5 - As a king he approaches his family. Fear not. Good fortune.
  • 4 - She is the treasure of the house. Great good fortune.
  • 3 - When tempers flare up in the family, Too great severity brings remorse. Good fortune nonetheless. When woman and child dally and laugh It leads in the end to humiliation.
  • 2 - She should not follow her whims. She must attend within to the food. Perseverance brings good fortune.
  • 1 - Firm seclusion within the family. Remorse disappears.


The hexagram represents the laws obtaining within the family. 
The strong line at the top represents the father, the lowest the son. 
The strong line in the fifth place represents the husband, the yielding second line the wife. 
On the other hand, the two strong lines in the fifth and the third place represent two brothers, and the two weak lines correlated with them in the fourth and the second place stand for their respective wives. 
Thus all the connections and relationships within the family find their appropriate expression. 
Each individual line has the character according with its place. 
The fact that a strong line occupies the sixth place—where a weak line might be expected—indicates very clearly the strong leadership that must come from the head of the family. 
The line is to be considered here not in its quality as the sixth but in its quality as the top line. 
THE FAMILY shows the laws operative within the household that, transferred to outside life, keep the state and the world in order. 
The influence that goes out from within the family is represented by the symbol of the wind created by fire.
Code Incarnate