Infiltrating/Gradual Advance, Chien (KIEN)
Hexagram Number 53 Keyword(s):Development
Symbolic of: gradual development
THE KIEN HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
Kien suggests to us the
marriage of a young lady, and the good fortune (attending it). There
will be advantage in being firm and correct.
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first SIX, divided, shows the wild geese
gradually approaching the shore. A young officer (in similar
circumstances) will be in a position of danger, and be spoken
against; but there will be no error.
2. The second SIX, divided, shows the geese
gradually approaching the large rocks, where they eat and drink
joyfully and at ease. There will be good fortune.
3. The third NINE, undivided, shows them gradually
advanced to the dry plains. (It suggests also the idea of) a husband
who goes on an expedition from which he does not return, and of a
wife who is pregnant, but will not nourish her child. There will be
evil. (The case symbolised) might be advantageous in resisting
4. The fourth SIX, divided, shows the geese
gradually advanced to the trees. They may light on the flat
branches. There will be no error.
5. The fifth NINE, undivided, shows the geese
gradually advanced to the high mound. (It suggests the idea of) a
wife who for three years does not become pregnant; but in the end
the natural issue cannot be prevented. There will be good fortune.
6. The sixth NINE, undivided, shows the geese
gradually advanced to the large heights (beyond). Their feathers can
be used as ornaments. There will be good fortune.