Hexagram Number 03 Keyword(s): Difficult Beginnings
Symbolic of: difficulty in getting started
The General Meaning
(indicates that in the case which it presupposes) there will be
great progress and success, and the advantage will come from being
correct and firm. (But) any movement in advance should not be
(lightly) undertaken. There will be advantage in appointing feudal
Explanation of the
1. The first NINE, undivided, shows
the difficulty (its subject has) in advancing. It will be
advantageous for him to abide correct and firm; advantageous (also)
to be made a feudal ruler.
2. The second SIX, divided, shows
(its subject) distressed and obliged to return; (even) the horses of
her chariot (also) seem to be retreating. (But) not by a spoiler (is
she assailed), but by one who seeks her to be his wife. The young
lady maintains her firm correctness, and declines a union. After ten
years she will be united, and have children.
3. The third SIX, divided, shows
one following the deer without (the guidance of) the forester, and
only finding himself in the midst of the forest. The superior man,
acquainted with the secret risks, thinks it better to give up the
chase. If he went forward, he would regret it.
4. The fourth SIX, divided, shows
(its subject as a lady), the horses of whose chariot appear in
retreat. She seeks, however, (the help of) him who seeks her to be
his wife. Advance will be fortunate; all will turn out
5. The fifth NINE, undivided, shows
the difficulties in the way of (its subject's) dispensing the rich
favours that might be expected from him. With firmness and
correctness there will be good fortune in small things; (even) with
them in great things there will be evil.
6. The topmost SIX, divided, shows
(its subject) with the horses of his chariot obliged to retreat, and
weeping tears of blood in streams.