I Ching - Brightness Hiding: Brightness, Ming (MING �)

I Ching Meaning - Hexagram 36 - Brightness Hiding: Brightness, Ming

Hexagram Number 36
Keyword(s): Darkening of the Light
Symbolic of: a darkening


The General Meaning

Ming � indicates that (in the circumstances which it denotes) it will be advantageous to realise the difficulty (of the position), and maintain firm correctness.

Explanation of the separate lines

1. The first NINE, undivided, shows its subject, (in the condition indicated by) Ming �, flying, but with drooping wings. When the superior man (is revolving) his going away, he may be for three days without eating. Wherever he goes, the people there may speak (derisively of him).

2. The second SIX, divided, shows its subject, (in the condition indicated by) Ming �, wounded in the left thigh. He saves himself by the strength of a (swift) horse; and is fortunate.

3. The third NINE, undivided, shows its subject, (in the condition indicated by) Ming �, hunting in the south, and taking the great chief (of the darkness). He should not be eager to make (all) correct (at once).

4. The fourth six, divided, shows its subject (just) entered into the left side of the belly (of the dark land). (But) he is able to carry out the mind appropriate (in the condition indicated by) Ming �, quitting the gate and courtyard (of the lord of darkness).

5. The fifth six, divided, shows how the count of K� fulfilled the condition indicated by Ming �. It will be advantageous to be firm and correct.

6. The sixth six, divided, shows the case where there is no light, but (only) obscurity. (Its subject) had at first ascended to (the top of) the sky; his future shall be to go into the earth.



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