I Ching 27 Hexagram yí (Swallowing)
I Ching 27 Hexagram yí (Swallowing)
Power. Development. Nourishment for oneself and for others.
Short Interpretation of Hexagram 27 – Nutrition Nutrition
is essential for your physical and mental fitness. In love you will be reciprocated.At work, for the moment, you were content while waiting for developments.
I Ching – General Description
The sign is the effigy of an open mouth; above and below, the entire lips, and, between these, the opening of the mouth. From the image of the mouth for which food is ingested to feed oneself, the idea passes to feeding itself. In the three lower lines the actual nutrition is represented, and precisely that of the body; the three superior lines represent the nourishment and care of others, and precisely the spiritual, superior one.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
The corners of the mouth. Perseverance brings health. Look at nutrition and the things with which a man tries to fill his mouth himself.
Caring for care and nutrition is just as important to look after those people who deserve it as it is about the right way to feed yourself. If you want to know someone, it is enough to observe the kind of people to whom he addresses his care and those sides of his own nature that he cares for and nourishes. Nature feeds all beings. The great man nurtures and cares for the capable to provide through them for the care of all humanity. Mong Tse, VI, A14, says in this regard: ″ If one wants to recognize whether someone is capable or inept, one need only look at which part of his being he gives particular importance. The body has noble parts and ignoble parts, it has important parts and insignificant parts.One must not harm the important for the sake of the insignificant and not harm the noble for the sake of the ignoble. Whoever takes care of the insignificant parts of his being is an insignificant man. Whoever takes care of the noble parts of his being is a noble man ″.
I Ching – Image
At the foot of the mountain is the thunder: The image of food. Thus the noble is attentive to his words And is moderate in eating and drinking.
“God appears in the sign of excitement”. When the vital energies begin to awaken in the spring, all things spring up again. “He accomplishes in the sign of arrest”. So at the end of winter, when the seeds fall to the ground, all things become complete. This evokes the image of power for motion and stillness. The noble takes this as a model for nutrition and the care of his character. Words are a movement that goes from the inside out. Eating and drinking are movements that go from the outside to the inside. Both kinds of motion go moderate from quiet. Thus the stillness ensures that the words coming out of the mouth do not exceed the measure and that the nourishment entering the mouth does not exceed the measure.This is the care of character.
I Ching – Series
Things that are tamed must be nurtured. For this follows the sign: the Corners of the mouth. The corners of the mouth mean: nourishment.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Nine at the beginning means:
You let go of your magic turtle and look at me with the falling corners of the mouth. Misfortune.
The magic turtle is a being that does not need terrestrial nourishment, but rather possesses such magical strength that it can live on air. The allegory says that one could, given one’s nature and position, live very well by oneself, free and independent. Instead we give up this inner independence and look up at others who are better outwardly with envy and hatred. This low envy provokes in the other only mockery and contempt. This is bad.
I Ching – Second line:
Six in the second place means: To turn towards the summit to feed, to aberrate from the way to seek food from the hill: If you continue to do this, it brings misfortune.
To think for oneself of one’s own nourishment, or to be legitimately fed by those who have the duty and the right, is normal. When you are not able, because internally weak, to think about your own nourishment, restlessness easily appears, since you are given support to yourself by people in a higher position, avoiding legitimately earning it. This is unseemly, as it deviates from one’s own nature; and brings misfortune if done permanently.
I Ching – Third line:
Six in the third place means:
Deviating from nutrition. Perseverance Brings Disaster For ten years, don’t do that. Nothing is propitious.
He who seeks nourishment that does not nourish staggers from lust to pleasure; and in voluptuousness the thirst for craving consumes him. Passionate intoxication, directed at the satisfaction of the senses, never leads to the goal. Never (ten years is an accomplished period) should one act like this. Nothing good comes of it.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Six in the fourth place means:
Turning to the top to feed oneself brings health. Peering around with keen eyes like a tiger in insatiable greed. No stains.
Otherwise than near six in second place, which means a man who is busy thinking only of his own advantage, this line means a man who works hard to let his light shine from a high position. To do this he needs helpers, because he cannot reach his high goal alone. Hungry as a hungry tiger, he hunts for suitable men. But since he does not think of himself, but of generality, this zeal is not an error.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Six in the fifth place means: To
abhor the way. Staying in place in perseverance brings health. You don’t have to cross the great water.
One is aware of a shortcoming. One should take care of the nourishment of men but do not have the strength to do so. So one has to deviate from the usual path and beg for advice and help from a spiritually superior, but outwardly insignificant man. Cultivating this attitude with perseverance leads to success and health. You just have to remain aware of your addiction. We must not want to push forward personally nor want to undertake great works such as crossing the great water.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Nine above means:
The power source. Awareness of danger brings health. It is propitious to cross the great water.
Here is a sage of the highest order, from which emanate all Influences which provide nourishment for others. Such a position carries grave responsibilities. If he remains aware of it, he has health and can also undertake great and difficult works, such as crossing the great water, confidently. They bring general happiness to him and to everyone.