I Ching 49 Hexagram gé (Skinning)
I Ching 49 Hexagram gé (Skinning)
Short Interpretation of
Hexagram 49 – The Revolution Let’s throw away the old to make room for the new that arrives. Good evolutions in love, work and psychophysical state.
I Ching – General Description
The sign originally means an animal skin that sheds during the year because it sheds. Hence the expression is transferred to the mude of state life: the great upheavals, which are combined with a change of government. The two figures of which the sign is composed are as in Kkui, the Contrast, N ° 38, the two younger daughters Li and Tui. But while Li, the older of the two, stands above and from this there is basically only an opposition of tendencies, here the younger one stands above, and the effects go in the opposite direction, the forces fight each other like fire and water (lake), of which each tries to annihilate the other. Hence the idea of subversion.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
The subversion. On your day you will meet belief. Sublime success. Auspicious for perseverance. Repentance vanishes.
State upheavals are extremely serious things. They must be undertaken only in case of extreme need, when there is no other way out. Not everyone is called to do so, but only he who has the trust of the people, and even these only when the times are fulfilled. In doing so, it is necessary to proceed in the right way: so that the people remain happy, and excesses are avoided by illuminating them. It is also necessary to be completely free from selfish purposes and to really meet the needs of the people. Only then will there be nothing to regret. Times change and with them the demands. Thus the seasons change throughout the year. Thus also in the cosmic year there are springs and autumns of peoples and nations, which require social transformations.
I Ching – Image
In the lake there is fire: The image of subversion. Thus the noble orders the calculation of time And makes the times clear.
The fire below and the lake above fight and annihilate each other. Thus in the course of the year there is also a struggle between the light and dark forces, which is expressed in the subversions of the seasons. Man becomes master of change and in nature, if he recognizes its regularity and divides the course of time accordingly. With this order and clarity take over the apparently chaotic change of times and one is able to assume, previously, the necessary attitudes in the face of the demands of the various moments.
I Ching – Series
The installation of a well must necessarily be subverted over time. This is why the sign follows: the Revolution.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Nine at the beginning means:
One is wrapped in the skin of a yellow cow.
Changes should only be undertaken when it is no longer possible to do otherwise. Therefore the most rigid restraint is first necessary. You have to become completely solid inside, you have to moderate yourself; yellow is the color of the vehicle, the cow is the symbol of compliance – and for now do not undertake anything yet; since launching an offensive ahead of time would in any case lead to serious consequences.
I Ching – Second line:
Six in the second place means:
In the very day it is subverted as well. Walking brings health. No stains.
When everything possible has been tried to reform the state of affairs without success, the need arises for a revolution. But such a profound subversion must be well prepared. It requires the presence of a man who possesses both the ability to do so and public trust. Then please ask such a man. This brings health and is well done. It is first of all the interior attitude towards the newness that is to come. You almost have to go towards it. This is the only way to prepare it.
I Ching – Third line:
Nine in the third place means: To walk brings misfortune. Perseverance brings danger. When the subversion has announced itself three times in the discourse, it must be addressed and belief will be found.
When a change becomes necessary, there are two mistakes to avoid. One is a too rapid and abrupt proceeding, which would certainly bring disaster. The other is to hesitate for too much conservatism, which is also dangerous. We must not listen to every voice calling for the change of existing institutions. But one should not even listen to a deaf ear to repeated and well-founded complaints. When the subject of change comes to our ears three times, and it has been carefully considered, then trust it and pay attention to it. Then belief will be met and something will be achieved (Cf. for this reason in Goethe’s Fable the call: ″ The Time has come ″, repeated three times, before the great upheaval occurs).
I Ching – Fourth line:
Nine in the fourth place means:
Repentance vanishes. You meet belief. Changing the state order brings health.
All-round upheavals require the necessary authority. There must be both the inner strength of character and also the influential position. What one does must correspond to a higher truth and must not spring from arbitrary or petty reasons, and then it brings great health. When a revolution is not founded on such intrinsic truth, it is always a detriment and does not succeed. As men end up supporting those enterprises for whose intrinsic equity they possess an instinctive sense.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Nine in the fifth place means:
The great man moves like a tiger. Even before he questions the oracle he encounters belief.
A tiger skin with its clearly visible black lines on a yellow ground has a subdivided pattern visible from a great distance. The same is true of the subversions that a great man manages to carry out: broad guidelines that everyone can understand become visible. Thus he does not even need to interrogate the oracle first, as the people quite spontaneously fall into his lap.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Six above means:
The nobleman moves like a panther. The common man sheds in the face. Walking brings misfortune. Dwelling in Endurance Brings Health!
After the great questions of principle have been decided, further transformations in detail and more exact executions are necessary. These are comparable to the pale, though smaller, patches of panther skin. Consequently, change also takes place among ordinary men . Mudano also bowing to the new order. However this muda is not profound; but this is not even to be expected. We must be content with what is possible. If one wanted to go too far and get too much, unrest and misfortunes would result. For what one must aspire to achieve by means of a great upheaval are clear and consolidated conditions, which allow, having achieved what was possible at that moment, a general quieting.