The JudgementTHE MARRYING MAIDEN.
Undertakings bring misfortune.
Nothing that would further.
The ImageThunder over the lake:
The image of THE MARRYING MAIDEN.
Thus the superior man
Understands the transitory
In the light of the eternity of the end.
- 6 - The woman holds the basket, but there are no fruits in it.
The man stabs the sheep, but no blood flows.
Nothing that acts to further.
- 5 - The sovereign I gave his daughter in marriage.
The embroidered garments of the princess
Were not as gorgeous
As those of the serving maid.
The moon that is nearly full
Brings good fortune.
- 4 - The marrying maiden draws out the allotted time.
A late marriage comes in due course.
- 3 - The marrying maiden as a slave.
She marries as a concubine.
- 2 - A one–eyed man who is able to see.
The perseverance of a solitary man furthers.
- 1 - The marrying maiden as a concubine.
A lame man who is able to tread.
Undertakings bring good fortune.
CommentaryAbove we have Chên, the eldest son, and below, Tui, the youngest daughter.
The man leads and the girl follows him in gladness.
The picture is that of the entrance of the girl into her husband’s house.
In all, there are four hexagrams depicting the relationship between husband and wife.
Hsien, INFLUENCE, (31), describes the attraction that a young couple have for each other; Hêng, DURATION (32), portrays the permanent relationships of marriage; Chien, DEVELOPMENT (53), reflects the protracted, ceremonious procedures attending the arrangement of a proper marriage; finally, THE MARRYING MAIDEN, shows a young girl under the guidance of an older man who marries her.