I Ching - Infiltrating/Gradual Advance, Chien (KIEN)

I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 53 - Infiltrating/Gradual Advance, Chien

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 plunderers.

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.

 

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