I Ching - Retiring, Tun (THUN)

I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 33 - Retiring, Tun

Hexagram Number 33
Keyword(s): Retreat
Symbolic of: running away

THE THUN HEXAGRAM



The General Meaning

Thun indicates successful progress (in its circumstances). To a small extent it will (still) be advantageous to be firm and correct.


Explanation of the separate lines

1. The first SIX, divided, shows a retiring tail. The position is perilous. No movement in any direction should be made.

2. The second SIX, divided, shows its subject holding (his purpose) fast as if by a (thong made from the) hide of a yellow ox, which cannot be broken.

3. The third NINE, undivided, shows one retiring but bound,--to his distress and peril. (If he were to deal with his binders as in) nourishing a servant or concubine, it would be fortunate for him.

4. The fourth NINE, undivided, shows its subject retiring notwithstanding his likings. In a superior man this will lead to good fortune; a small man cannot attain to this.

5. The fifth NINE, undivided, shows its subject retiring in an admirable way. With firm correctness there will be good fortune.

6. The sixth NINE, undivided, shows its subject retiring in a noble way. It will be advantageous in every respect.

 

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