Hexagram Number 17 Keyword(s):Following
Symbolic of: joining in obediently
THE SUI HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
Sui indicates that (under its conditions) there
will be great progress and success. But it will be advantageous to
be firm and correct. There will (then) be no error.
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first NINE, undivided, shows us one
changing the object of his pursuit; but if he be firm and correct,
there will he good fortune. Going beyond (his own) gate to find
associates, he will achieve merit.
2. The second SIX, divided, shows us one who
cleaves to the little boy, and lets go the man of age and
3. The third SIX, divided, shows us one who
cleaves to the man of age and experience, and lets go. the little
boy. Such following will get what it seeks; but it will be
advantageous to adhere to what is firm and correct.
4. The fourth NINE, undivided, shows us one
followed and obtaining (adherents). Though he be firm and correct,
there will be evil. If he be sincere (however) in his course, and
make that evident, into what error will he fall?
5. The fifth NINE, undivided, shows us (the ruler)
sincere in (fostering all) that is excellent. There will be good
6. The topmost SIX, divided, shows us (that
sincerity) firmly held and clung to, yea, and bound fast. (We see)
the king with it presenting his offerings on the western mountain.