Grouping (8)


The Judgement

HOLDING TOGETHER brings good fortune.
Inquire of the oracle once again
Whether you possess sublimity, constancy, and perseverance;
Then there is no blame.
Those who are uncertain gradually join.
Whoever comes too late
Meets with misfortune.

The Image

On the earth is water:
Thus the kings of antiquity
Bestowed the different states as fiefs
And cultivated friendly relations
With the feudal lords.

Line Poems

  • 6 - He finds no head for holding together. Misfortune.
  • 5 - Manifestation of holding together. In the hunt the king uses beaters on three sides only And forgoes game that runs off in front. The citizens need no warning. Good fortune.
  • 4 - Hold to him outwardly also. Perseverance brings good fortune.
  • 3 - You hold together with the wrong people.
  • 2 - Hold to him inwardly. Perseverance brings good fortune.
  • 1 - Hold to him in truth and loyalty; This is without blame. Truth, like a full earthen bowl: Thus in the end Good fortune comes from without.


The waters on the surface of the earth flow together wherever they can, as for example in the ocean, where all the rivers come together. 
Symbolically this connotes holding together and the laws that regulate it. 
The same idea is suggested by the fact that all the lines of the hexagram except the fifth, the place of the ruler, are yielding. 
The yielding lines hold together because they are influenced by a man of strong will in the leading position, a man who is their center of union. 
Moreover, this strong and guiding personality in turn holds together with the others, finding in them the complement of his own nature.
Code Incarnate