I Ching 40 Hexagram xiè (Taking-Apart)
I Ching 40 Hexagram xiè (Taking-Apart)
Relief. Free yourself from burdens.
Short Interpretation of Hexagram 40 – Liberation
Clean your path and lighten your shoulders in order to face the future in a more balanced and accurate way. Go to meet the person you love. The first results arrive in work and in health.
I Ching – General Description
Here the motion comes out of danger. The impediment is removed. the difficulties are resolving. Liberation has not yet taken place, but it begins right now and its different stages are represented by the sign.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
The Liberty. Auspicious is the southwest. When there is no longer any place to go, Returning is healthy.
If there is still a place to go, then it is healthy haste.
It is a time when tension and complications begin to melt. In such times it is advisable to return as soon as possible to the usual conditions – this is the meaning of the Southwest. Such times of rapid change are very important. Similar to a liberating rain that dissolves the tension of the atmosphere and opens all buds, a time of release from oppressive weights acts on life as a liberation and as a stimulus. But one thing is important: in such times we must not want to exaggerate the triumph. We should only go as far as necessary. As soon as liberation has been achieved it is healthy to return to the common rules of life.If there is still some residue to be used up, it is advisable to do it as soon as possible, to sweep everything away without delay.
I Ching – Image
Thunder and rain arise: The image of liberation. Thus the noble forgives mistakes and remits guilt.
The storm works by purifying the air. So does the noble even with the errors and sins of men, which generate states of tension, clarifying them he works liberation. But when the faults are obvious he does not insist, but simply overlooks the errors – involuntary transgressions – as the roar of thunder is lost in the distance; and forgives sins – willful transgressions – as water washes everything from filth.
I Ching – Series
Things cannot always stand between impediments. This is why the sign follows: Liberation. Liberation means relaxation.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Six at the beginning means:
Few words are made, as befits the situation. The impediment has passed, the liberation has come. You regain your strength in peace, and you are quiet. This is precisely the right behavior of the times that follow the overcoming of difficulties.
I Ching – Second line:
Nine in the second place means:
Three foxes are killed in the field and a yellow arrow is received. Perseverance is healthy.
The image is taken from hunting. The hunter captures three cunning foxes and gets a yellow arrow as a reward. The hindrances of public life are the false foxes who try to influence the sovereign by flattering him. They must be eliminated before liberation can take place. But the fight must not be conducted with false weapons. The yellow color indicates means and measure in proceeding against the enemies, the arrow the straight direction. When one devotes oneself wholeheartedly to the task of liberation, one gains so much inner righteousness that it serves as a weapon against all that is false and ignoble.
I Ching – Third line:
Six in the third place means:
When one carries a load on his back and nevertheless rides a carriage, He thus entices the marauders to approach. Perseverance leads to shame.
Having emerged from very modest conditions, a man arrived at a comfortable situation, free from any need; if he now, behaving like a redone villain, wanted to take it easy, even though he is by nature unsuitable for comfortable situations, he would thereby attract marauders around him, and continuing on this path he would certainly end up in shame. Kung Tse says: ″ Carrying a load on the back is the business of an ordinary man. A carriage is a noble man’s tool. When a peasant uses a tool of a noble man, the raiders think of taking it away from him. When one is impertinent upward and harsh downward, the raiders think to assault him. Careless storage seduces marauders into theft. Sumptuous trappings of a girl incite her to kidnap virtue ″.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Nine in the fourth place means: Get
rid of your big toe. Then the partner comes, And you can trust him.
In times of stagnation it happens that ordinary men join a superior man and combine with him for daily contact, becoming indispensable to him as the big toe is for the foot, which makes walking easier. But when the time of liberation approaches with its call to action, then one must free oneself from such casual acquaintances of people who are indeed not kindred within. Because otherwise the friends who are congeners to us, whom we can really trust and with whom we can work, remain far away full of distrust.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Six in the fifth place means:
If as soon as the noble can free himself, it brings health. It shows so to the ignoble that he is serious.
Times of liberation need inner decision. The ignoble cannot be removed only by prohibitions and by external means. If one wishes to make oneself free of it, one must first inwardly become completely free from it; then they alone realize that it is being serious, and withdraw.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Six above means:
The prince shoots a hawk on a high wall. He knocks it down. Everything is propitious.
A sparrow hawk on a high wall is the image of an ignoble powerful high-ranking who prevents liberation. He resists the action of inner influences as he is hardened in his wickedness. It must be eliminated by violence; to do this you need the right means.