The JudgementAFTER COMPLETION. Success in small matters.
At the beginning good fortune.
At the end disorder.
The ImageWater over fire: the image of the condition
In AFTER COMPLETION.
Thus the superior man
Takes thought of misfortune
And arms himself against it in advance.
- 6 - He gets his head in the water. Danger.
- 5 - The neighbor in the east who slaughters an ox
Does not attain as much real happiness
As the neighbor in the west
With his small offering.
- 4 - The finest clothes turn to rags.
Be careful all day long.
- 3 - The Illustrious Ancestor
Disciplines the Devil’s Country.
After three years he conquers it.
Inferior people must not be employed.
- 2 - The woman loses the curtain of her carriage.
Do not run after it;
On the seventh day you will get it.
- 1 - He breaks his wheels.
He gets his tail in the water.
CommentaryThis hexagram is the evolution of T’ai PEACE (11).
The transition from confusion to order is completed, and everything is in its proper place even in particulars.
The strong lines are in the strong places, the weak lines in the weak places.
This is a very favorable outlook, yet it gives reason for thought.
For it is just when perfect equilibrium has been reached that any movement may cause order to revert to disorder.
The one strong line that has moved to the top, thus effecting complete order in details, is followed by the other lines.
Each moving according to its nature, and thus suddenly there arises again the hexagram P’i, STANDSTILL (12).
Hence the present hexagram indicates the conditions of a time of climax, which necessitate the utmost caution.