I Ching 36 Hexagram míng yí (Darkening of the Light)
I Ching 36 Hexagram míng yí (Darkening of the Light)
Damage. Injustice. The light is darkened.
Short Interpretation of Hexagram 36 – The Darkening of Light
Betrayals and envy. Continue to respect your commitments and look around. Be alert.
I Ching – General Description
Here the sun has descended into the earth and is therefore darkened. The name of the sign really means lesion of the clear, and in fact the single lines speak several times of wounds. The situation is the exact opposite of that of the previous sign. There a wise man, who has helpers, with whom he proceeds; here, at the head of all, a dark man in a decisive position, which damages the capable and the wise.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
The darkening of the light. It is propitious to be persevering in misery.
Even from the most unfavorable conditions, one must not let oneself be carried away without resisting, but one must keep inwardly inflexible to the deterrninations of one’s will. This is possible when one is clear inwardly and externally flexible and compliant. With this attitude, even the greatest misery can be overcome. It is true that in such circumstances one must hide one’s light in order to persist in one’s will despite the difficulties of the most immediate environment. Perseverance must live in the most intimate consciousness and must not manifest itself externally. Only in this way can one keep one’s will in the midst of difficulties.
I Ching – Image
The light dipped into the earth: The image of the darkening of the light. Thus the noble lives with the great multitude: He veils his splendor and remains clear.
In times of darkness it is appropriate to be cautious and contained. One must not unnecessarily attract invincible enmities by behaving roughly. In such times, it is true, it is not necessary to take part in the customs of the people, but not even to reveal them by criticizing them. When you hang out with people in such times, you don’t want to know everything. There are many things you shouldn’t pay attention to, without letting yourself be deceived
I Ching – Series
Progress will certainly encounter resistance and damage. This is why the sign follows: the Obscuration of light. Darkening means damage, injury.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Nine at the beginning means:
Darkening of the light in flight. He lowers his wings. The nobleman does not eat anything during his wanderings for three days. But he has nowhere to go. The innkeeper has occasion to badmouth him.
With a great effort of will you want to rise above every obstacle. But here he runs into doom. We withdraw, changing our way. Times are tough. We must continue on the road without rest, without finding a stable hotel. Not wanting to make inner compromises, staying true to one’s principles ends up in need. But you have a fixed goal to which you tend, even if the people you live with do not understand us and defame us.
I Ching – Second line:
Six in second place means:
The darkening of the light wounds him in the left thigh. He works help with the power of a horse.
Here the lord of light is in a secondary position. He is wounded by the lord of darkness. But the injury does not endanger life, it is only an impediment. Salvation is still possible. The victim does not think of himself, but only of the salvation of others, who are also threatened. Therefore with an extreme effort he tries to save what can be saved. In acting according to duty lies health.
I Ching – Third line:
Nine in the third place means:
The darkening of the light while hunting in the south. He gets his big boss. One should not expect perseverance too quickly.
On the surface it seems to be a game of circumstances. While the strong and faithful are actively trying to bring order without any hidden thoughts, he stumbles upon the leader of the disorder and catches him. With this the victory is obtained. But we must not try to eliminate abuses too hastily. This would be bad because abuses have been in vogue for too long.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Six in the fourth place means:
He penetrates the left abdominal cavity. The heart of the darkening of the light is obtained And the door and courtyard are abandoned.
One is near the head of darkness and thus one learns his innermost thoughts. In this way it is recognized that there is no more hope for an improvement and it is possible to leave the place of the catastrophe in time, before it falls.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Six in the fifth place means:
Darkening of the light as with Prince Ki. Auspicious is perseverance.
Prince Ki lived in the court of the dark tyrant Ciou Sinn, who tacitly forms the background of this whole situation as a historical figure. Prince Ki was a relative of this tyrant, and could therefore not retire from the court. He therefore hid his good feelings and pretended to be insane. And so he was kept as a slave, without his allowing himself to be shaken in his ideas by outward iniquities. This results in a teaching for those who in times of darkness cannot abandon their place. While remaining invincibly persevering within themselves, they need a double prudence towards the outside in order to escape danger.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Six above means:
Not light, but darkness. First he ascended to heaven, Then he fell into the depths of the earth.
Here the height of darkness is reached. The dark power was first placed so high that it had the power to hurt all the good and the clear. In the end, however, it is ruined by its own darkness, since evil must precipitate in the instant in which it has completely subjugated good; thus consuming the same force to which it owed its existence up to now.
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