The JudgementThe Wanderer. Success through smallness.
Perseverance brings good fortune
To the Wanderer.
The ImageFire on the mountain:
The image of THE WANDERER.
Thus the superior man
Is clear–minded and cautious
In imposing penalties,
And protracts no lawsuits.
- 6 - The bird’s nest burns up.
The wanderer laughs at first,
Then must needs lament and weep.
Through carelessness he loses his cow.
- 5 - He shoots a pheasant.
It drops with the first arrow.
In the end this brings both praise and office.
- 4 - The wanderer rests in a shelter.
He obtains his property and an ax.
My heart is not glad.
- 3 - The wanderer’s inn burns down.
He loses the steadfastness of his young servant.
- 2 - The wanderer comes to an inn.
He has his property with him.
He wins the steadfastness of a young servant.
- 1 - If the wanderer busies himself with trivial things,
He draws down misfortune upon himself.
Commentarythe mountain, Kên, stands still; above it fire, Li, flames up and does not tarry.
Therefore the two trigrams do not stay together.
Strange lands and separation are the wanderer’s lot.