Hexagram Number 64 Keyword(s):Before Completion
Symbolic of: before the finish or the end
THE WEI Z� HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
Wei Z� intimates progress and success (in the
circumstances which it implies). (We see) a young fox that has
nearly crossed (the stream), when its tail gets immersed. There will
be no advantage in any way.
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first SIX, divided, shows its subject (like
a fox) whose tail gets immersed. There will be occasion for regret.
2. The second NINE, undivided, shows its subject
dragging back his (carriage-) wheel. With firmness and correctness
there will be good fortune.
3. The third SIX, divided, shows its subject, with
(the state of things) not yet remedied, advancing on; which will
lead to evil. But there will be advantage in (trying to) cross the
4. The fourth NINE, undivided, shows its subject
by firm correctness obtaining good fortune, so that all occasion for
repentance disappears. Let him stir himself up, as if he were
invading the Demon region, where for three years rewards will come
to him (and his troops) from the great kingdom.
5. The fifth SIX, divided, shows its subject by
firm correctness obtaining good fortune, and having no occasion for
repentance. (We see in him) the brightness of a superior man, and
the possession of sincerity. There will be good fortune.
6. The topmost NINE, undivided, shows its subject
full of confidence and therefore feasting (quietly). There will be
no error. (If he) cherish this confidence, till he (is like the fox
who) gets his head immersed, it will fail of what is right.