Hexagram Number 41 Keyword(s):Decrease
Symbolic of: loss
THE SUN HEXAGRAM
The General Meaning
In (what is denoted by) Sun, if there be sincerity
(in him who employs it), there will be great good fortune:--freedom
from error; firmness and correctness that can be maintained; and
advantage in every movement that shall be made. In what shall this
(sincerity in the exercise of Sun) be employed? (Even) in sacrifice
two baskets of grain, (though there be nothing else), may be
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first NINE, undivided, shows its subject
suspending his own affairs, and hurrying away (to help the subject
of the fourth line). He will commit no error, but let him consider
how far he should contribute of what is his (for the other).
2 . The second NINE, undivided, shows that it will
be advantageous for its subject to maintain a firm correctness, and
that action on his part will be evil. He can give increase (to his
correlate) without taking from himself
3. The third SIX, divided, shows how of three men
walking together, the number is diminished by one; and how one,
walking, finds his friend.
4. The fourth SIX, divided, shows its subject
diminishing the ailment under which he labours by making (the
subject of the first line) hasten (to his help), and make him glad.
There will be no error.
5. The fifth SIX, divided, shows parties adding to
(the stores of) its subject ten pairs of tortoise shells, and
accepting no refusal. There will be great good fortune.
6. The topmost NINE, undivided, shows its subject
giving increase to others without taking from himself. There will be
no error. With firm correctness there will be good fortune. There
will be advantage in every movement that shall be made. He will find
ministers more than can be counted by their clans.