Hexagram Number 12 Keyword(s):Disharmony
Symbolic of: stagnation
THE PH� HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
In Ph� there is the want of good understanding
between the (different classes of) men, and its indication is
unfavourable to the firm and correct course of the superior man. We
see in it the great gone and the little come.
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first SIX, divided, suggests the idea of
grass pulled up, and bringing with it other stalks with whose roots
it is connected. With firm correctness (on the part of its subject),
there will be good fortune and progress.
2. The second SIX, divided, shows its subject
patient and obedient. To the small man (comporting himself so) there
will be good fortune. If the great man (comport himself) as the
distress and obstruction require, he will have success.
The third SIX, divided, shows its subject ashamed
of the purpose folded (in his breast).
4. The fourth NINE, undivided, shows its subject
acting in accordance with the ordination (of Heaven), and committing
no error. His companions will come and share in his happiness.
5. In the fifth NINE, undivided, we see him who
brings the distress and obstruction to a close,--the great man and
fortunate. (But let him say), 'We may perish! We may perish!' (so
shall the state of things become firm, as if) bound to a clump of
bushy mulberry trees.
6. The sixth NINE, undivided, shows the overthrow
(and removal of) the condition of distress and obstruction. Before
this there was that condition. Hereafter there will be joy.