I Ching 38 Hexagram kuí (Polarising)
I Ching 38 Hexagram kuí (Polarising)
Keywords Divergence. Separation.
Short interpretation of Hexagram 38 – The Contrast
Moment of disagreement in romantic relationships and in professional life. Try to find balance without trying to want to change others at all costs. Stop for a moment. Breathe.
I Ching – General Description
The sign is composed of the upper primal sign Li, the flame, which flares upwards, and the primal sign Tui, the lake, below, which is lost downwards. These motions are opposed to each other. Also Li is the second daughter, and Tui the younger one. Although they reside in the same house, they also belong to different husbands, and their will is therefore not directed to what they have in common, but to opposing things.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
The opposition. In small things health!
When men live in opposition and estranged it is not possible to carry out a great common work. Mentalities diverge too much. First of all, we must not proceed abruptly, which would only exacerbate the opposition, but we must limit ourselves to obtaining gradual effects. Here we can still hope for salvation, given that the situation is such that the opposition does not completely exclude conciliation. The opposition, which appears in general as an impediment, has as its polar opposite, in the context of a total that contains it, also some good and important functions. The contrasts between heaven and earth, spirit and nature, man and woman produce, when compensated, the creation and propagation of life. In the visible world of things, opposition makes it possible to divide into genres.
I Ching – Image
Above the fire, below the lake: The image of opposition. Thus the nobleman retains his particularity, even in common.
As the two elements fire and water never mix, even when they are together, but instead retain their own nature, so the cultured man, while frequenting and having common interests with people of different natures, will never allow himself to be ignoble. , but it will still maintain its particular nature despite all commonalities.
I Ching – Series
When the family’s way is over, misunderstandings arise. For this he follows the sign: the Contrast. Contrast means misunderstandings.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Nine at the beginning means:
Repentance vanishes. If you lose your horse, don’t run after it; Come back alone. When you see bad people, beware of mistakes.
Even in times of opposition, one can act in a way that is free from error so that repentance vanishes. In the event of an incipient conflict, one should not necessarily want to achieve unity; in this way we would obtain only the opposite, as when a horse to which one runs after moves further and further away. If it is our horse you can let it run quietly: it returns by itself. So also a man who belongs to us and who temporarily moves away from us due to a misunderstanding returns to us if we let him. So it is also wise to be cautious when bad people, who do not belong to our circle, try to make their way towards us – again as a result of a misunderstanding. Here it is advisable to avoid mistakes: not wanting to alienate such people with violence, which would produce enmities even more easily, but simply tolerate them. They will end up retreating on their own.
I Ching – Second line:
Nine in the second place means:
You meet your lord in a narrow alley. No stains.
As a result of misunderstandings it is not possible that people, who are similar by nature, meet in a completely correct way. Then a chance meeting is also admissible, without particular formIity, as long as there is this inner affinity.
I Ching – Third line:
Six in the third place means:
You see your carriage torn back, The cattle stopped, The man’s hair and nose are cut off. Not a good beginning, but a good ending.
Sometimes it would seem that everything is conspiring against us; one sees oneself impeded and held back in progress, one sees oneself insulted and harmed (the cutting of the hair and nose was a serious and dishonorable punishment). But then we must not be misled, on the contrary, despite these contrasts, we must remain faithful to that person to whom we know we are close. Thus, despite the bad start, the final outcome will be good.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Nine in the fourth place means:
Isolated by contrast you meet a companion of feelings Who can be associated with loyalty. Despite the danger, no stains.
Finding yourself in a company of which one is internally separated by oppositions, one ends up in solitude. But if in such a situation one encounters a man who originally belongs to us for his entire character and to whom complete trust can be given, then all the dangers of isolation are overcome. Our will is fulfilled and we become free from errors.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Six in the fifth place means:
Repentance vanishes. The companion works his way through the enclosure with his teeth. Going to him, how could this be a mistake?
You meet a faithful person who at first fails to recognize himself in the general estrangement. But he works his way with his teeth through the envelopes that separate them. Then it is the duty of the one to whom this companion shows himself in his true nature to go out to meet him and collaborate with him.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Nine above means:
Isolated by contrast one sees one’s companion Like a pig laden with filth, Like a wagon full of devils. First the bow is drawn against him, Then the bow is put away. He is not a raider, he wants to promise himself in due time. Going there, rain falls, then comes health!
Here isolation is produced by misunderstandings, and not by external conditions but by moods. The best friends are not recognized, they are considered as unclean as a dirty pig and as dangerous as a load of devils. We put ourselves in a defensive position, but finally we recognize our mistake. He puts away the bow realizing that the other comes with the best intentions to unite closely with us. Thus the tension dissolves. The union dispels the opposition, as the falling rain replaces the heat of before. All is well, since the opposition, just when it has reached its peak, turns into its opposite.