Hexagram Number 08 Keyword(s):Union
symbolic of: a banding together
THE P� HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
P� indicates that (under the conditions which it
supposes) there is good fortune. But let (the principal party
intended in it) re-examine himself, (as if) by divination, whether
his virtue be great, unintermitting, and firm. If it be so, there
will be no error. Those who have not rest will then come to him; and
with those who are (too) late in coming it will be ill.
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first SIX, divided, shows its subject
seeking by his sincerity to win the attachment of his object. There
will be no error. Let (the breast) be full of sincerity as an
earthenware vessel is of its contents, and it will in the end bring
2. In the second SIX, divided, we see the movement
towards union and attachment proceeding from the inward (mind). With
firm correctness there will be good fortune.
In the third SIX, divided, we see its subject
seeking for union with such as ought not to be associated with.
4. In the fourth SIX, divided, we see its subject
seeking for union with the one beyond himself. With firm correctness
there will be good fortune.
5. The fifth NINE, undivided, affords the most
illustrious instance of seeking union and attachment. (We seem to
see in it) the king urging his pursuit of the game (only) in three
directions, and allowing the escape of all the animals before him,
while the people of his towns do not warn one another (to prevent
it). There will be good fortune.
6. In the topmost SIX, divided, we see one seeking
union and attachment without having taken the first step (to such an
end). There will be evil.