Attending (5)


The Judgement

WAITING.  If you are sincere,
You have light and success.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
It furthers one to cross the great water.

The Image

Clouds rise up to heaven:
The image of WAITING.
Thus the superior man eats and drinks,
Is joyous and of good cheer.

Line Poems

  • 6 - One falls into the pit. Three uninvited guests arrive. Honor them, and in the end there will be good fortune.
  • 5 - Waiting at meat and drink. Perseverance brings good fortune.
  • 4 - Waiting in blood. Get out of the pit.
  • 3 - Waiting in the mud Brings about the arrival of the enemy.
  • 2 - Waiting on the sand. There is some gossip. The end brings good fortune.
  • 1 - Waiting in the meadow. It furthers one to abide in what endures. No blame.


All beings have need of nourishment from above. 
But the gift of food comes in its own time, and for this one must wait. 
This hexagram shows the clouds in the heavens, giving rain to refresh all that grows and to provide mankind with food and drink.  The rain will come in its own time. 
We cannot make it come; we have to wait for it. 
The idea of waiting is further suggested by the attributes of the two trigrams—strength within, danger in front. 
Strength in the face of danger does not plunge ahead but bides its time, whereas weakness in the face of danger grows agitated and has not the patience to wait.
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