Hexagram Number 48 Keyword(s):The Well
Symbolic of: a well
THE ZING HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
(Looking at) Zing, (we think of) how (the site
of) a town may be changed, while (the fashion of) its wells
undergoes no change. (The water of a well) never disappears and
never receives (any great) increase, and those who come and those
who go can draw and enjoy the benefit. If (the drawing) have nearly
been accomplished, but, before the rope has quite reached the water,
the bucket is broken, this is evil.
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first SIX, divided, shows a well so muddy
that men will not drink of it; or an old well to which neither birds
(nor other creatures) resort.
2. The second NINE, undivided, shows a well from
which by a hole the water escapes and flows away to the shrimps (and
such small creatures among the grass), or one the water of which
leaks away from a broken basket.
3. The third NINE, undivided, shows a well, which
has been cleared out, but is not used. Our hearts are sorry for
this, for the water might be drawn out and used. If the king were
(only) intelligent, both he and we might receive the benefit of it.
4. The fourth SIX, divided, shows a well, the
lining of which is well laid. There will be no error.
5. The fifth NINE, undivided, shows a clear,
limpid well, (the waters from) whose cold spring are (freely) drunk.
6. The topmost SIX, divided, shows (the water
from) the well brought to the top, which is not allowed to be
covered. This suggests the idea of sincerity. There will be great