Hexagram Number 55 Keyword(s):Greatness
Symbolic of: greatness
THE FĂNG HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
Făng intimates progress and development. When
a king has reached the point (which the name denotes) there is no
occasion to be anxious (through fear of a change). Let him be as the
sun at noon.
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first NINE, undivided, shows its subject
meeting with his mate. Though they are both of the same character,
there will be no error. Advance will call forth approval.
2. The second SIX, divided, shows its subject
surrounded by screens so large and thick that at midday he can see
from them the constellation of the Bushel. If he go (and try to
enlighten his ruler who is thus emblemed), he will make himself to
be viewed with suspicion and dislike. Let him cherish his feeling of
sincere devotion that he may thereby move (his ruler's mind), and
there will be good fortune.
3. The third NINE, undivided, shows its subject
with an (additional) screen of a large and thick banner, through
which at midday he can see (the small) Mei star. (In the darkness)
he breaks his right arm; but there will be no error.
4. T he fourth NINE, undivided, shows its subject
in a tent so large and thick that at midday he can see from it the
constellation of the Bushel. But he meets with the subject of the
(first) line, undivided like himself. There will be good fortune.
5. The fifth SIX, divided, shows its subject
bringing around him the men of brilliant ability. There will be
occasion for congratulation and praise. There will be good fortune.
6. The topmost SIX, divided, shows its subject
with his house made large, but only serving as a screen to his
household. When he looks at his door, it is still, and there is
nobody about it. For three years no one is to be seen. There will be