Hexagram Number 51 Keyword(s):The Thunderclap
Symbolic of: thunder
THE KĂN HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
Kăn gives the
intimation of ease and development. When (the time of) movement
(which it indicates) comes, (the subject of the hexagram) will be
found looking out with apprehension, and yet smiling and talking
cheerfully. When the movement (like a crash of thunder) terrifies
all within a hundred l�, he will be (like the sincere worshipper)
who is not (startled into) letting go his ladle and (cup of)
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first NINE, undivided, shows its subject,
when the movement approaches, looking out and around with
apprehension, and afterwards smiling and talking cheerfully. There
will be good fortune.
2. The second SIX, divided, shows its subject,
when the movement approaches, in a position of peril. He judges it
better to let go the articles (in his possession), and to ascend a
very lofty height. There is no occasion for him to pursue after (the
things he has let go); in seven days he will find them.
3. The third six, divided, shows its subject
distraught amid the startling movements going on. If those movements
excite him to (right) action, there will be no mistake.
4. The fourth NINE, undivided, shows its subject,
amid the startling movements, supinely sinking (deeper) in the mud.
5. The fifth SIX, divided, shows its subject going
and coming amidst the startling movements (of the time), and always
in peril; but perhaps he will not incur loss, and find business
(which he can accomplish).
6. The topmost SIX, divided, shows its subject,
amidst the startling movements (of the time), in breathless dismay
and looking round him with trembling apprehension. If he take
action, there will be evil. If, while the startling movements have
not reached his own person and his neighbourhood, (he were to take
precautions), there would be no error, though his relatives might
(still) speak against him.