Infiltrating (53)


The Judgement

DEVELOPMENT.  The maiden
Is given in marriage.
Good fortune.
Perseverance furthers.

The Image

On the mountain, a tree:
The image of DEVELOPMENT.
Thus the superior man abides in dignity and virtue,
In order to improve the mores.

Line Poems

  • 6 - The wild goose gradually draws near the cloud heights. Its feathers can be used for the sacred dance. Good fortune.
  • 5 - The wild goose gradually draws near the summit. For three years the woman has no child. In the end nothing can hinder her. Good fortune.
  • 4 - The wild goose goes gradually draws near the tree. Perhaps it will find a flat branch.  No blame.
  • 3 - The wild goose gradually draws near the plateau. The man goes forth and does not return. The woman carries a child but does not bring it forth. Misfortune. It furthers one to fight off robbers.
  • 2 - The wild goose gradually draws near the cliff. Eating and drinking in peace and concord. Good fortune.
  • 1 - The wild goose gradually draws near the shore. The young son is in danger. There is talk.  No blame.


This hexagram is made up of Sun (wood, penetration) above, i.e., without, and Kên (mountain, stillness) below, i.e., within. 
A tree on a mountain develops slowly according to the law of its being and consequently stands firmly rooted. 
This gives the idea of a development that proceeds gradually, step by step. 
The attributes of the trigrams also point to this: within is tranquillity, which guards against precipitate actions, and without is penetration, which makes development and progress possible.
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