Make an offering and you will succeed. They go out and come in without affliction. Friends arrive without fault. Reverse yourself and the Way will return. It comes on the seventh day.
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A turning point recharges you and eventually brings success. This hexagram is associated with the turning of darkness back toward the light—the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, the day when darkness begins to decrease and the hours of daylight start to increase. This is the cusp of a turnaround—a time for letting go of the old and making way for the new; a time of new beginnings. And it all starts with rest. This turnaround requires that your energy be recharged by adequate rest so that your life force is not depleted prematurely.
This principle of hibernation—of allowing energy to renew itself and be strengthened by rest—applies to many situations: recuperation after an illness, the slow return of trust after a period of estrangement, the careful development of new relationships after the splitting apart of old ones. Everyone suffers setbacks from time to time. Some lucky people suffer small ones early in life and learn that they can survive a period of collapse. In this case, a minor setback is little more than an inconvenience but serves to build character, as long as proper action is taken before things decline too far.
Persevere, always returning to the main road, as good fortune lies ahead. Spectacular comebacks in any field are a sign of self-mastery.
Follow the example of such people; they have much to teach you about discarding egocentric concerns and embracing the good. Such self-control brings great fortune. Those who continually reverse their direction through a lack of self-control run great risks and are sometimes thought to be brilliant, but more often, they are foolish and unstable.
Be sure to chart a steady course and move steadily toward your goal. Those who have been under the influence of self-serving people can turn themselves around through the positive support of one true friend. A willingness to abandon herd instincts may lead to some lonely moments, but with the help of a like-minded person, it can lead to much success. When the turning point arrives, the noble search their heart and, in so doing, discover their proper course.
Those who are honest with themselves rise to the occasion in moments of great importance. Blind obstinacy brings misfortune, because opportunities available to the open-minded are lost when rigid pride prevails.
Once a golden opportunity has been missed, trying to re-create it will not work. The best course of action in such a situation is to be humble, let go, and learn from your mistakes.
Skip to content. Changing Line Interpretations Line 1 bottom line Everyone suffers setbacks from time to time. Line 2 Spectacular comebacks in any field are a sign of self-mastery.
Line 3 Those who continually reverse their direction through a lack of self-control run great risks and are sometimes thought to be brilliant, but more often, they are foolish and unstable.
Line 4 Those who have been under the influence of self-serving people can turn themselves around through the positive support of one true friend. Line 5 When the turning point arrives, the noble search their heart and, in so doing, discover their proper course. Line 6 top line Blind obstinacy brings misfortune, because opportunities available to the open-minded are lost when rigid pride prevails.
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This welcome hexagram signifies a return to joy, intimacy, passion and purpose. The light has returned and pierces the darkness. Walk with your head held high, knowing that the tide has turned and that love is ascending. Like the winter solstice, this is a time of new beginnings and opportunities. It is a time of true health and opportunity. Your hard work has paid off. Love, energy and possibility are in the air.
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Log in to search the I Ching Community, view your profile or private messages or check the latest updates. If you're not yet a member, you're welcome to join here. On the outside, stripping away brings things to an end; On the inside comes turnaround, And so Return follows. Hexagram Stripping Away, eliminated everything that was not alive and growing. It tore away the old images, ideas, purposes, attachments… whatever was draining and wasting vital energies. And given the nature of human attachment, this probably hurt.
Yi Jing Hexagram 24
Progress is often marked by a slow return to original sincerity. Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. Reading at a Glance: Sometimes we need to stop and go back. This can arise when we have taken an improper course or the wrong path and need to return to where we started.