Hexagram Number 06 Keyword(s):Conflict
Symbolic of: disagreements and conflicts
THE SUNG HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
Sung intimates how, though there is
sincerity in one's contention, he will yet meet with opposition and
obstruction; but if he cherish an apprehensive caution, there will
be good fortune, while, if he must prosecute the contention to the
(bitter) end, there will be evil. It will be advantageous to see the
great man; it will not be advantageous to cross the great stream.
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first SIX, divided, shows
its subject not perpetuating the matter about which (the contention
is). He will suffer the small (injury) of being spoken against, but
the end will be fortunate.
2. The second NINE, undivided,
shows its subject unequal to the contention. If he retire and keep
concealed (where) the inhabitants of his city are (only) three
hundred families, he will fall into no mistake.
3. The third SIX, divided, shows
its subject keeping in the old place assigned for his support, and
firmly correct. Perilous as the position is, there will be good
fortune in the end. Should he perchance engage in the king's
business, he will not (claim the merit of) achievement.
4. The fourth NINE, undivided,
shows its subject unequal to the contention. He returns to (the
study of Heaven's) ordinances, changes (his wish to contend), and
rests in being firm and correct. There will be good fortune.
S. The fifth NINE, undivided, shows
its subject contending;--and with great good fortune.
6. The topmost NINE, undivided,
shows how its subject may have the leathern belt conferred on him
(by the sovereign), and thrice it shall be taken from him in a