I Ching 16 Hexagram yù (Providing-For)
I Ching 16 Hexagram yù (Providing-For)
Inspirazone. Motivation. Entuiasm.
Short Interpretation of Hexagram 16 – The Fervor
Suddenly falling in love, Cupid? In an excellent mood you will see several changes before you.
I Ching – General Description
The strong line in fourth place, that of the executive officer, meets affability and obedience among all the other weak lines. The superior primordial sign, Cenn, has motion as a quality; the lower, Kkunn, obedience, dedication. Thus a movement begins that meets dedication and therefore draws with it, inspires, enthuses. Also of great importance is the law of motion along the line of least resistance which is enunciated in this sign as the law of events in nature and in human life.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
The fervor. It is propitious to set up helpers and march armies.
The foundation of the time of fervor is that there is an important man, who is in contact with the popular soul and acts in accordance with it. Therefore he meets general and spontaneous obedience. To arouse fervor it is therefore necessary that one regulate one’s dispositions according to the nature of those who lead. On this rule of motion on the line of least resistance rests the unbreakability of the laws of nature. They are not circumstances extrinsic to things, they are rather the harmony of motion, immanent in them. Therefore the celestial bodies do not deviate from their orbits, and every natural occurrence takes place with firm regularity. In this way things are also in human society. Here, too, it will only be possible to execute those laws which have their roots in popular sentiment, while conflicting laws will only cause exasperation. The fervor also makes it possible to set up helpers to carry out work, without any secret reactions to be feared. It is also the fervor that is able to unify the movements of the masses, as in the war, in such a way that they win victory.
I Ching – Image
The thunder erupts sonorously from the earth: The image of fervor. So the ancient kings made music, To honor merits. And they presented it as a magnificent offering to the supreme God Evoking the presence of their ancestors.
When the thunder, the electric force, at the beginning of the summer erupts sonically again from the earth and the first storm refreshes nature, a long tension melts. Lightening and joy come. Similarly, music has the power to release tension in the heart, the dark power of feelings. The fervor of the heart involuntarily manifests itself in singing accents, dances and rhythmic movements of the body. Since ancient times the inspiring action of the invisible sound, which moves and unites the hearts of men, was felt as a mystery. The rulers used this natural inclination for music. They gave her dignity and order. Music was considered a serious, sacred thing, designed to purify the feelings of men. It was to exalt the heroes and thus serve as a bridge to the invisible world. In the temple people approached God with music and pantomines (from which the theater was later born). Religious sentiments directed towards the creator of the universe were united with the most sacred human sentiments, those of the awe of the ancestors. These were invited to sacred functions as guests of the lord of heaven and as representatives of humanity in those higher regions, thus connecting their past with divinity in solemn moments of enthusiasm inspired by religion. The bond between divinity and humanity was solidified. Adoring the divinity of his ancestors, the sovereign became the son of heaven, in which the celestial world comes into mystical contact with the human one. These thoughts are the ultimate and supreme compendium of Chinese culture. Master Kung himself said of the great sacrifice during which these were performed: “Whoever fully understands this sacrifice, he could rule the world as if it were turning in his hand”.
I Ching – Series
When you have greatness and are modest, fervor certainly comes. For this he follows the sign: Fervor.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Six at the beginning means:
Fervor that is expressed brings misfortune.
Someone in a subordinate position has high relationships which he emphatically boasts of. With this arrogance he fatally draws disaster upon himself. Enthusiasm, fervor, must never be a selfish sentiment, but are justified only as general states of mind that connect with others.
I Ching – Second line:
Six in the second place means:
Balance as a stone. Not even a full day. Perseverance brings health.
Here is represented someone who is not dazzled by any illusion. While others allow themselves to be blinded by the apparently inspired enthusiasm, he recognizes the first signs of time with perfect clarity. Upward he is not creeping, downward is not careless. So it is firm as a stone. As soon as he shows the first sign of bad mood he can retire in time without losing even a day. Perseverance in this behavior brings health. Confucius says: ″ Knowing the germs, this is certainly divine. The noble is not creepy in his upward relations, he is not presumptuous towards those who are below. He knows the germs well. Germs are the first imperceptible beginning of motion, they are what shows first of health (and of misfortune). The noble sees the germs and acts immediately. He doesn’t wait a full day. In the Book of Changes it is said: ″ Firm as stone. Not even a full day. Perseverance brings health ″. Balance as a stone, why a whole day? It is easy to know the sentence. The noble Knows the hidden and the obvious. He knows the weak ones, he knows the strong ones: This is why the myriads look up at him.
I Ching – Third line:
Six in the third place means:
Fervor looking up creates repentance. Tempting brings repentance.
Here we have the opposite of the previous line; there independence, here the enthusiastic look up. If you delay too long, this also creates repentance. It is advisable to take the right moment to approach; only then does it hit the mark.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Nine in the fourth place means:
The source of fervor. He achieves great things. Do not doubt. Friends will line up around you like around a hair buckle.
He is someone who knows how to inspire enthusiasm because he is confident and free from hesitation; not doubting and being completely truthful, he attracts men. By placing his trust in them, he wins enthusiastic collaborators and is successful. As a buckle he gives support to hair and unites them, so he unites men with the support he gives them.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Six in the fifth place means:
Constantly sick and yet never dies.
Here the inspired enthusiasm is stifled. You are under lasting pressure that does not allow you to breathe freely. But this pressure sometimes also has its good side. It preserves one from spending one’s strength in vain enthusiasm. So prolonged pressure can just help you stay alive.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Six above means:
Blinded fervor. But if after the completion it comes to the change, This is not a stain.
Being blinded by fervor is bad. But even if this blindness is already a fait accompli and can still be changed, one becomes free from stain. To be deceived after false enthusiasm is easy and very propitious.