I Ching 18 Hexagram gǔ (Correcting)
I Ching 18 Hexagram gǔ (Correcting)
Responsibility. Get to work to put the situation in order. Remedy. Decay.
Short Interpretation of Hexagram 18 – The amendment of bad things Love and work relationships are going through a complicated moment. Among other things, you also feel weak to deal with this currency. Try to better understand what is happening and then make a decision on what to do.
I Ching – General Description
Above is the serene, whose character is joy, below the exciting, whose character is motion. Joy in motion leads to following. The serene is the youngest daughter, the exciting the eldest son. An old man places himself under a young girl and uses her respect. Thus he induces her to follow him.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
The amendment of spoiled things has sublime success. It is propitious to cross the great water. Before the starting point three days, After the starting point three days.
What was spoiled by the fault of men can again be amended by the work of men. It is not an ineluctable fate like that of the time of stagnation: what has led to the state of corruption is indeed the consequence of the abuse of human freedom. Therefore the improvement work has excellent prospects, since it is in accordance with the possibilities of the moment. Only we must not shy away from work and danger – symbolized by crossing the great water, but we must face things with energy. Success, however, has an accurate weighting as a precondition. This is expressed in the addition: ″ Before starting point three days, after starting point three days ″. First you need to know the reasons that led to corruption, only then can they be abolished. Furthermore, care must be taken so that the exercise of the new line becomes so safe as to avoid relapses: so pay attention to the time after the starting point! In place of the indifference and sloth that led to corruption, resolve and energy must intervene so that a new beginning can eventually follow.
I Ching – Image
Down below the mountain the wind blows: The image of the amendment of spoiled things. Thus the nobleman shakes people and invigorates their souls.
When the wind blows down below the mountain, it is repelled and ruins the plants. This contains the invitation to improve. The same is true of low moods and fashions: they bring corruption into human society. To eliminate them, the noble must renew society. The methods of doing this are also deduced from the two primordial signs, only that their effects unfold in order one after the other. He must first eliminate stagnation by shaking public opinion (as the wind has the ability to shake), and then invigorate and calm the character of the people (as the mountain gives peace and nourishment to everything that grows around him).
I Ching – Series
When one follows others with joy, there are certainly works to be undertaken. For this follows the sign: Correction of the fault. Correcting bad things means undertaking works.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Six at the beginning means: To
restore what was spoiled by the father. When there is a son There is no stain left on the father who has returned to the heavenly homeland. Danger. In the end, health!
Rigid attachment to tradition has resulted in corruption. But this corruption is not yet deeply rooted, and can therefore still be easily amended. It is like when a son compensates for the corruption that has crept into his father’s rule. In this case, no stain remains on the father. But don’t overlook the danger and take things lightly. Only if we are aware of the danger that accompanies every reform does everything end well.
I Ching – Second line:
Nine in the second place means:
Rearranging what was spoiled by the mother. Don’t be too persistent.
These are errors that have caused corruption due to weakness. Hence the symbol of things spoiled by the mother. In such a case it is necessary to use some delicate regard by compensating them. One must not want to proceed too roughly, otherwise he is offended with rudeness.
I Ching – Third line:
Nine in the third place means:
Rearranging what was spoiled by the father. There will be a little repentance. No big stains.
Someone is pictured going a little too vigorously by rearranging the consequences of past mistakes. From this will certainly arise from time to time inconveniences and some bad mood. But better too much than too little energy. Even if one sometimes has to repent a little, one remains equally free from any serious stain.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Six in the fourth place means:
To tolerate what was spoiled by the father. Continuing this way you will see shame.
It is shown a situation born from the fact that someone for weakness does not face the corruption that, coming from the past, begins to show itself now; and, on the contrary, he lets it run. If this continues like this, shame will be the consequence.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Six in the fifth place means:
Tidying up what was spoiled by the father. Praise is met.
We are facing a corruption born of negligence in the past. You don’t have the strength to stem it by yourself. But there are capable helpers with the contribution of which it is possible to establish not a new creative beginning, it is true, but at least a radical reform, also worthy of praise.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Nine above means:
Neither king nor princes are needed. It sets higher goals.
Not everyone is obligated to meddle in world affairs. There are also people who have already developed so internally that they have the right to let the world go its way without meddling in political life to reform it. But this does not mean that they can be inactive, or only criticize. Only a work done on one’s person in view of the higher goals of humanity gives the right to isolate oneself to such an extent. For the wise, even staying away from the hustle and bustle of the world, still creates incomparable human values for the future.