The JudgementOPPOSITION. In small matters, good fortune.
The ImageAbove, fire; below, the lake.
The image of OPPOSITION.
Thus amid all fellowship
The superior man retains his individuality.
- 6 - Isolated through opposition,
One sees one’s companion as a pig covered with dirt,
As a wagon full of devils.
First one draws a bow against him,
Then one lays the bow aside.
He is not a robber; he will woo at the right time.
As one goes, rain falls; then good fortune comes.
- 5 - Remorse disappears.
The companion bites his way through the wrappings.
If one goes to him,
How could it be a mistake?
- 4 - Isolated through opposition,
One meets a like–minded man
With whom one can associate in good faith.
Despite the danger, no blame.
- 3 - One sees the wagon dragged back,
The oxen halted,
A man’s hair and nose cut off.
Not a good beginning, but a good end.
- 2 - One meets his lord in a narrow street.
- 1 - Remorse disappears.
If you lose your horse, do not run after it;
It will come back of its own accord.
When you see evil people,
Guard yourself against mistakes.
CommentaryThis hexagram is composed of the trigram Li above, i.e., flame, which burns upward, and Tui below, i.e., the lake, which seeps downward.
These two movements are indirect contrast.
Furthermore, Li is the second daughter and Tui the youngest daughter, and although they live in the same house they belong to different men; hence their wills are not the same but are divergently directed.