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Heaven: the Creative
The Heaven trigram consists entirely of three whole lines. These whole lines represent the Yang principle in the universe. Yang is action, movement, doing something. It also stands for the spiritual, the intangible, and the light. It is the father of all eight trigrams, thus indicating the male, guiding principle. It means giving, coming out, taking the lead, taking action. Heaven is the creative, initiating force in our universe. It is the intention, the idea, the will and goal oriented. It is the ultimate Yang force, the guiding, directional effect in your life. - Let me be the invisible but guiding intention. -
• What it does: active deployment, deliberate and powerful decision making, focusing, taking the lead.
• What it shows: the light, higher, invisible and intangible, spirit, leadership, the strong, inexhaustible.




an ancient representation of this trigram





The Heaven as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: take the lead in your situation. Give guidance to others, deliberately dedicate yourself to your chosen goal. Focus on external factors that need guidance. Make your intention and ideas clear. Act forcefully and strong.
• What it shows: male dominance outside of you, a strong-willed person or environment, a ratio-driven external factor that wants to steer. A father figure.
• How to express it: Heaven as the upper trigram can mean that you want to carry out plans; you have ideas and want to set up something that gives recognition in your environment, and perhaps in society. You want to convey spiritual values ​​in the world. You want to mean something. In the worst case it can mean that you are stupid and stubborn.



The Heaven as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: find your inner motive. Focus on your intent, your motivation and your goal. Focus on your inner strength that sets everything in motion, the invisible energy that causes things to run according to your plan. Use your head, your intellect. Be strong inside.
• What it shows: inner strength, rationality and focus on aspects within yourself. Take charge of yourself, the spirituality behind your actions.
• How to express it: an inner force that makes you confident and decisive. You have energy in you, but do not immediately feel the need to do something with it. It is your driving force, your motivation. You are your own leader and independent of others. In the worst case it can mean that you are selfish, and an introvert to the extreme.



The Heaven as the upper nuclear trigram:
there is an urge to act as a leader or to show your own creativity. You have ideas that you want to achieve, but they remain in the concept phase.



The Heaven as the lower trigram trigram:
there is a strong father bond, or bonding with the fatherly. The inspiration that you feel inside can not be used. You have a direction but no goal.



The Heaven as the upper enveloping trigram:
There is a strong, masculine influence that imposes his will. The ratio has the upper hand. There is more thought in abstract theories where daily practice is not seen as leading. Ideas without concretization are an impeding factor.



The Heaven as the lower enveloping trigram:
There is a strong, masculine influence that imposes his will. The ratio has the upper hand. There is more thought in abstract theories where daily practice is not seen as leading. Ideas without concretization are an impeding factor.



The Heaven as the resonance trigram:
The relationship is characterized by, or needs, a common goal and focus. The noses are moving in the same direction, there is driven action and motivation to make the relationship and the chosen goal successful. There is a risk that concepts are overthought and that nothing concrete is achieved. The relationship can also have a strong male or business character.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Earth: the Receiving
The trigram Earth consists entirely of broken lines, Yin lines. Yin stands for the receptive, the open, the passive, the following. It stands for the tangible, the concrete, the dark and the heavy. It is the mother of all trigrams, and thus indicates the nourishing, caring principle. It means getting into the camera, following, standing still, experiencing. The Earth trigram is the executive. It makes matters concrete and visible, it converts intention into action and results. Earth stands for matter, the material that you can work with and that you can shape. It is passive in nature, but starts with the right input. - Give me your ideas and I will grow them to maturity. -
• What it does: receive, feed, care and give space. Realizing, making tangible. Follow the lead, execute plans with the desired result in mind.
• What it shows: an open character, the unprocessed field with potential, strong work that is boundlessly committed to the big picture. Service, the mother.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Earth as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: open up, be receptive to the needs in your surroundings and take care of them. Maintain a mental servility without having any expectations nor judgments about the work at hand. Make sure the work is done.
• What it shows: growth through the right nutrition. Wei wu wei - do without doing: an environment or a situation that by itself and by its own open attitude will develop to its destination.
• How to express it: Earth as the upper trigram can mean you open yourself to external influences. You want to experience the outside world, experience it without directing it yourself. You want to be helpful, supporting others. In the extreme case, it can mean that you are passive, and allow yourself to be guided too much by your environment and even used by others.



The Earth as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: be open to your inner growth. Give your own ideas and intentions the space to become concrete. Take care of yourself, be open to your own needs and focus on the possibilities you have to implement ideas and intentions. Answer inner questions without question or judgment.
• What it shows: the nurturing space within yourself, the inner mother, your strength to care for and to shape, to serve though not forbearing.
• How to express it: as the lower trigram, Earth can mean you open up to everything that lives within yourself, without boundaries or conditions. You accept your own character, emotions and actions without judgment. You have a calm attitude and you do not need to do anything, you prefer to come to yourself. In the extreme case it can mean that you are a slave of your own emotions, and you allow yourself to be guided too much by your passive side.



The Earth as the upper nuclear trigram:
you want to be open to your environment, but you do not know how to express it. Caring qualities are not used, the realization of earlier plans is not realized. The space that is available for growth is not used.



The Earth as the lower nuclear trigram:
there is a strong mother bond, or bonding with the maternal. You feel a void inside, a cavity that wants to fill up. You experience passivity and aimlessness and see no possibilities to solve this.



The Earth as the upper envelope trigram:
There is a passive attitude and the tendency to let things take their course. There is a lack of guidance; one is shielded by the female or motherly, the Yin. There is a dominant focus on the material, tangible and demonstrable result. You can easily be influenced.



The Earth as the lower envelope trigram:
There is a passive attitude and the tendency to let things take their course. There is a lack of guidance; one is shielded by the female or motherly, the Yin. There is a dominant focus on the material, tangible and demonstrable result. You can easily be influenced.



The Earth as the resonance trigram:
Both parties have an open attitude towards each other and want to support each other. They have an eye for each other's needs, and want to mutually meet this. Production, concrete result is a common interest. There is a chance that both parties will show a passive-waiting attitude, as a result of which the intended result will not get off the ground. It is expected that the other person will take the initiative.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Lake: the Joyous
The trigram Lake stands for the joyous, the relaxation, the positive outlook on life, carefree. It stands for creativity that comes from consideration. It means the deeper feelings, the inner source where is drawn from to give meaning to your life. It stands for unconventional means, magic and religious reflection. Positive energy can break through a dominant negativism. - I am the positive force that gives meaning to your life destiny. -
• What it does: face the world in a tidy and carefree way, not hampered by responsibilities or obligations. The Lake trigram makes things enjoyable. It cannot be influenced by negative elements, as a result of which these elements will dissolve out of powerlessness. The Lake is averse to rules and conventions; it does what is necessary to reach one's own inner Sense, regardless of prescribed structures and expectations.
• What it shows: the beauty in existence, the cheerful, pleasant and the satisfaction that can be achieved in every situation. The trackless paths of a free spirit.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Lake as the upper primary trigram:
• What it demands: positive commitment and also find the same positivity outside yourself. Be stubborn, but without hurting. Be an example that others can mirror.
• What it shows: the opening in the wall, the poetry of the universal rhythm, carefree naivety in dealing with your surroundings. Open-mindedness that can not be precipitated.
• How to express it: as an upper trigram, the Lake can mean that you have a positive view of the world and your situation. You do not really worry, and you want to share your carefree with others. You are frank, you do not turn your heart into a murder pit. You are a mirror for your environment. In the worst case it can mean that you are childish naive, you do not care about your surroundings, and you do not dare to face real problems.



The Lake as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: inner satisfaction. Be your own source of inspiration and carefree. Dare to look outside your built-in structures. Focus on unexpected possibilities that you would not normally use quickly.
• What it shows: your inner source, the inexhaustible positive power of your deepest being. The mirror of your soul, your unique personality as a carrier of your qualities.
• How to express it: as a lower trigram, the Lake can mean that you have a rich inner life. You are aware of your feelings and what they mean to you. You have a lot of confidence and do not worry about the future. Your feelings are your inspiration, but you can not buy them here. In the worst case, you drown in your own emotional world and depression and denial of your weaker side can be the result.



The Lake as upper nuclear trigram:
there is a positive-naive side that wants to go out. The child wants to be seen in yourself. You have the need not to conform to the expectations of others.



The Lake as the lower nuclear trigram:
the positive side of your character is tucked away. You become uncertain of your own optimism and you may wonder if it is justified. Your source is not fed - your inner Lake is being blocked.



The Lake as upper enveloping trigram:
A naive view of the cases where responsibilities are ignored or denied keeps progress in its grip. An adult attitude is lacking; the ball is always reflected back. Unconventional means or decisions that fall outside the set framework are an impeding factor.



The Lake as lower enveloping trigram:
A naive view of the cases where responsibilities are ignored or denied keeps progress in its grip. An adult attitude is lacking; the ball is always reflected back. Unconventional means or decisions that fall outside the set framework are an impeding factor.



The Lake as resonance trigram:
In this relationship there is room for airiness, it should not become too heavy or serious. The relationship is characterized by a positive atmosphere. Fun and giving meaning are important elements that maintain the relationship. The downside is that responsibilities are evaded and that important or difficult tasks and decisions are played back over and over again.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Fire: the Clinging
The trigram Fire stands for the light, the truth. It is that which unmasks the lie and dispels the darkness. It means entering into commitments; you merge with something or someone else. Het Vuur stands for searching for something that can give meaning to your life. The trigram Fire is warmth, clarity and insight. The own truth as certainty to which one attaches. Fire enters into relationships and clings to what it feeds. - I am the light that shows what you value. -
• What it does: connect, use, transform and reduce to the essence. Bringing the truth to light. Commitment. In this way the Fire protects the small spark that would otherwise die out.
• What it shows: the reality as it is. The importance of commitments. It reveals what is essentially needed.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Fire as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: show your own truth. Be involved, dare to attach to that what transformations can bring about. Trust your own insights.
• What it shows: your dependence on your environment, something outside yourself that can feed you so that you can give back heat.
• How to express it: as an upper trigram, Fire can mean that you value the opinion of others. You find it important to fight injustice and to tell your own vision about it to others. You feel at home in groups, and like to work together. In the extreme case it can mean that you are pushy, and possessive.



The Fire as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: face your own truth: connect with that which defines you as a unique person and let this be your motivation. Be aware of your inner fire, your passion.
• What it shows: the power source that burns your fire. Your defense mechanism to protect your soft sides. Your heart.
• How to express it: Fire as the bottom trigram can mean that you are looking for the truth in yourself, instead of in your environment. Your own norms and values ​​are more important to you than those of society. You adhere to principles, and you have a rational impact. In the extreme case it may mean that you see your own principles as the only and correct truth, and are not open to the truth of others, or that you are too attached to your own conscience.



The Fire as the upper nuclear trigram:
your own insights do not come outwards. You have vision, but see no opportunities to share it. The truth is inside, but does not want to stay there. You are afraid to attach yourself, to connect to that outside of yourself what you can feed.



The Fire as the bottom nuclear trigram:
you cherish your own truth and insights as a precious treasure. Its value for the world has not yet penetrated you. Your inner Fire can not grow.



The Fire as the upper enveloping trigram:
One is dependent on, is too attached to one's own vision and personal imagery. People are proud of relationships with others without these connections being nourishing in the current situation. The external form goes beyond the substantive function.



The Fire as the lower enveloping trigram:
One is dependent on, is too attached to one's own vision and personal imagery. People are proud of relationships with others without these connections being nourishing in the current situation. The external form goes beyond the substantive function.



The Fire as the resonance trigram:
Fire is the ultimate trigram of relationships. A characteristic of this relationship is that the connection between both parties is very strong. One feeds each other, but there is a risk that one cannot live without the other, so that the relationship becomes obsessive or addictive. People can no longer see each other as individuals.


You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Wind: the Gentle
The Wind trigram stands for curiosity and flexibility. It means perseverance from meekness, and compliance without violating your own principles. De Wind stands for thoroughness, exchange and communication. The trigram is also called 'The Wood'. The Wind symbolizes a soft, penetrating force that continues continuously and does not give up. Small steps without hurry. He is curious and knows no boundaries. De Wind is invisibly present and ensures long-lasting results. De Wind promotes, smoothes, creates balance and balance. - I am the roots of the tree that break the hardest stone through perseverance. -
• What it does: communicate, make long journeys, exert soft, almost imperceptible influence. Be active in the background. Continue, don't give up.
• What it shows: the details. Countless steps that, when viewed in isolation, seem trivial, but slowly work towards something big and lasting. The Butterfly Effect. (The Butterfly Effect is based on the idea that a small, apparently insignificant factor (such as the minute air displacement by butterfly wings) at location A has major consequences (eg a hurricane) for location B located a kilometer away.)


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Wind as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: concentrate on small steps and on details. Work in the long term. Provide a roadmap that you can accurately follow to the letter. Communicate; practice your influence in an unobtrusive way and ensure balance in your environment. Show willpower. Put the dots on the i.
• What it shows: seemingly insignificant influences from outside that ultimately have a lasting and irreversible effect. Ceaseless meekness without ulterior motives. Erosion that can make the highest mountains wear.
• How to express it: the Wind as the upper trigram can mean that you are curious, and would like to stay informed about what is happening in your area. You need exchange and are looking for balance. You have more need for details than the main lines. In the extreme case it can mean that you are fussy and only look at knowledge itself than at its value.



The Wind as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: subject yourself to an accurate self-examination. Be curious about your own motivations; create an inner dialogue. Be patient and steadfast. Do not give up. Ask yourself how you can give your own character permanence without doing the violence.
• What it shows: the power to keep going and not be discouraged by setbacks. Meekness towards your own abilities and limitations. The continuous search for balance in yourself.
• How to express it: as the bottom trigram, Wind can mean that you subject yourself to a thorough self-examination. You are looking for the causes that have made you what you are now. The 'why' is now important to you. You continue until you have the answers that you desire. In the extreme case it can mean that you look more closely at the separate parts of your being and your situation than at the whole. It can also indicate indecision.



The Wind as the upper nuclear trigram:
you feel the need to communicate, but you do not yet know how to express yourself well. You want to take small steps and produce a consistent result in the long term, but other factors hamper this.


The Wind as the lower nuclear trigram:
you miss an inner dialogue, and are unable to balance pros and cons in a balanced way. Indecision is the result.



The Wind as upper envelope trigram:
There is radiation and buttons are not cut. The focus is on communication and exchange back and forth without achieving anything. One is busy with details and loses the big lines in the eye. What is far away is more important than what is close.



The Wind as lower envelope trigram:
There is radiation and buttons are not cut. The focus is on communication and exchange back and forth without achieving anything. One is busy with details and loses the big lines in the eye. What is far away is more important than what is close.



The Wind as the resonance trigram:
The relationship is meek - harsh words won't fall soon. Communication is very important, it looks at the small things, the details. They strive for a long-term relationship that can last for years. There can be a tendency to become nitpicking and to lose control of the whole. You can no longer see the forest for the trees.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Mountain: Keeping Still
The Mountain trigram stands for rest, turning in and meditation. It means looking back at what has been, finishing, stopping and stopping. De Berg provides guidance, is concrete, takes a clear position and stands for a clear-cut position. De Berg is the big boundary. He stops processes, stops progress and preserves what is already there. He is silent, introverted and unwavering in his decisions. He holds on to what he knows and will ensure that it does not change. - I finish what others have started. -
• What it does: review, evaluate and contemplate. Take some distance and keep what has arisen earlier. Finish, prepare for a new start.
• What it shows: a border, a milestone. A refrigerator in which everything stays as it is. A private space that gives peace and tranquility.


an ancient representation of this trigram




The Mountain as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: set limits. Be unwavering, do not be fooled. Hold on to what you have and protect it, make sure it is not affected. Be reliable and clear. Around it.
• What it shows: an unyielding power that you can not ignore. Reliability that can not be influenced by grilling or the delusion of the day. A certainty you can build on. A closed and conservative moloch.
• How to express it: the Mountain as the upper trigram can mean that your environment is your grip. You are practical, more a doer than a thinker, and focused on results. You have one goal in mind and focus entirely on that, something more important is not there. You are steadfast and resolute. Also to your surroundings you make clear what you want to achieve. In the extreme case it can mean that you are stubborn, and more focused on the goal than on its consequences.



The Mountain as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: go inside, shut yourself off from outside influences. Put a point behind ongoing and lingering processes within yourself, around this in a way that gives you rest.
• What it shows: inner peace. The certainty of a stable mind. The boundaries within which your mind can function with confidence.
• How to express it: as a bottom trigram, Berg can mean that you need peace, meditation and contemplation. You are focused on your own processes and not on those of your environment. You seek guidance in your own values ​​and try to discover your own certainties. You want to do this yourself without the help of others. You do not need to interfere with your environment in yourself. In the extreme case it can mean that you completely isolate yourself, and no longer have an eye for the interaction between you and your environment.



The Mountain as upper nuclear trigram:
you seek a quiet point in yourself that helps you to deal with your daily activities. You have a strong meditative tendency, but are prevented from doing so. Your steadfastness and reliable attitude are not seen.



The Mountain as lower nuclear trigram:
you feel like you have a big secret in you that needs to be protected. This is your foothold, but you feel the threat of other factors that affect your inner security.



The Mountain as the upper enveloping trigram:
Stubbornness, an aversion to change or renewal hinders. There is a distant attitude, unwillingness to cooperate; one retreats into his own world. Obstacles are created that aim to maintain the status quo.



The Mountain as the lower enveloping trigram:
Stubbornness, an aversion to change or renewal hinders. There is a distant attitude, unwillingness to cooperate; one retreats into his own world. Obstacles are created that aim to maintain the status quo.



The Mountain as resonance trigram:
A relationship characterized by the trigram Mountain contains a strong degree of individuality. Both parties are strongly focused on themselves and mutually difficult to approach. Contact may be avoided, but everyone has a high degree of trust in the other. There is a risk that the relationship cannot grow due to rigidity and conservatism. Changes within the relationship can be a point of contention.


You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Water: the Abysmal
The trigram "The flowing Water" symbolizes the deep, the unconscious. It stands for what is hidden and is not easy to find. Your fears, doubts and uncertainties are represented by this trigram. It means taking risks, danger, and forces at work below the surface. The trigram Water is the feeling trigram. It does not control how it flows, this is determined by other factors other than Water. Where it will end up is uncertain, how the path is going to be is not certain in advance. The flowing Water stands for emotion, co-flowing without a clear goal. - I am the capricious dark road whose journey goes beyond the ultimate goal. -
• What it does: flow without purpose, explore depth, explore boundaries and use without crossing them, take risks. Feeling and experiencing fears without being controlled by them.
• What it shows: uncertainty through and with an emotional bond. Limitations due to external factors that hinder but do not prevent. The certainty that uncertainty can also take you where you need to be.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Water as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: do not resist the limits and restrictions that are imposed on you. Follow your own path within boundaries without worrying about a final destination. Accept that the erratic and uncertain circumstances can not be logically reasoned. The path you follow now appeals to your ability to release securities.
• What it shows: unreliable elements outside yourself where you want to have no control over. A situation that changes unpredictably. Patterns that only become visible when developments have followed their course.
• How to express it: as the upper trigram it can indicate that there is something in your environment, at least outside of you, that makes you insecure. You are influenced by events that affect you emotionally, your involvement is great. You are confronted with situations in which you are expected to make choices, while the choices may not always be clear to you. In the extreme case it can mean that external influences affect your decision-making skills, and you experience the environment as threatening.



The Water as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: do you face fears, doubts and uncertainties. Make sure your emotions can flow freely. Find the inner journey that has neither goal nor end, but is an essential part of your being.
• What it shows: the unconscious and unnameable part of your soul. The formless that adapts to the limits of it formed character.
• How to express it: can indicate the Water as the bottom trigram that you have doubts about the way you want to go and about the goal you want to achieve. You are influenced by feelings of which you do not know the origin and are uncertain about your own motivations. In the worst case it can mean that you are depressed, and see no possibilities to achieve what you want.



The Water as the upper nuclear trigram:
you have fears or doubts that occasionally come to the surface. However, your environment does not always see it. You have a free spirit that wants to be unbound and wants to take risks, but you are being stopped in this.



The Water as the bottom nuclear trigram:
your subconscious is mainly occupied at night; during the day there is no chance to come to the surface. Dreams are often the outlet valve. Emotions are stirring, but their relevance and meaning are completely unclear to you.



The Water as the upper enveloping trigram:
The fear and emotion are governing. An uncontrolled, insecure attitude without a concrete chosen goal determines the progress. Inferior elements with secret or even bad intentions are an inhibiting factor. There is a lack of certainty, there is no clear vision or policy.



The Water as the lower enveloping trigram:
The fear and emotion are governing. An uncontrolled, insecure attitude without a concrete chosen goal determines the progress. Inferior elements with secret or even bad intentions are an inhibiting factor. There is a lack of certainty, there is no clear vision or policy.



The Water as the resonance trigram:
This relationship is characterized by ambiguity, fear or doubts. People react and play on the emotion, there is no room for the ratio. If unreal sentiments play the leading role, the relationship can have deep troughs. The relationships are generally difficult and people do not know what is useful to each other. Distrust and insincere behavior can result.


You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Thunder: the Arousing
Thunder stands for intense energy, impulses, hard action and new ideas. He stands for a new beginning, unrestrainedness and spontaneity. The Thunder is short but intense and symbolizes powerful breakthroughs that last briefly but have radical consequences. The trigram Thunder is fast, direct and unstoppable. It is the sudden inspiration, the intuitive thought, the new invention. Thunder works in the short term, is resolute regardless of the possible consequences. - I am the shock that shakes the sleeping ghost. -
• What it does: initiate, confront and ensure absolute and radical change. Act quickly without detours. Set out the main lines.
• What it shows: the rough sketch, the framework, the rapid development. The big bang that ensures that you are inside in one go.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Thunder as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: take immediate action. Make your raw plans known. Let yourself be heard. The fist on the table. Make a new start, do not look back. Be inspired by your environment. Be resolute, do not be guided by possible consequences. Act according to your intuition.
• What it shows: unexpected and shocking changes. An environment that rebels, that overthrows the established order.
• How to express it: as an upper trigram, Thunder can mean that large and rapid changes take place in your environment. You see revolutions and revolutions taking place, or would like to bring about this yourself. What is happening now you would like to radically change. There are no calmer steps now. In the extreme case it can mean that you are like a bull in a china shop, and the long term consequences of your actions no longer sees.



The Thunder as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: put old insights aside. Renew yourself, let go of the past. Look ahead, make a new beginning and make this decision without the expectation that action must be taken immediately. Cut that Gordian knot.
• What it shows: the awakening insight. The sunlight of the dawn. Satori.
• How to express it: Thunder as the bottom trigram can mean that there are big revolutions in you. You are a whirlwind of energy that recounts everything you assure for sure. You stand for a new period in your life, and want to break with old habits. In the extreme case it can mean that you are blowing yourself up and are busy with self-destruction. You want to change too quickly.



The Thunder as the upper nuclear trigram:
you feel a strong urge to action, to performance and renewal, a new start, but is hampered in this. Your strong intuition finds no reception in your surroundings.



The Thunder as the bottom nuclear trigram:
you are driven by a primary force: spontaneity is your motive, but it is hindered. You want to renew yourself but do not know how.



The Thunder as the upper enveloping trigram:
One wants a (too) fast progress; the desire or demand for radical renewal without taking into account the consequences determines the situation. There are aggressive and rigorous forces at work that would rather see a revolution than that the current condition is maintained.



The Thunder as the lower enveloping trigram:
One wants a (too) fast progress; the desire or demand for radical renewal without taking into account the consequences determines the situation. There are aggressive and rigorous forces at work that would rather see a revolution than that the current condition is maintained.



The Thunder as the resonance trigram:
Fast and intense are appropriate words for a relationship that is characterized by Thunder. People are not so much concerned with the future, rather impulsiveness and instinct determine how one deals with each other to avoid rut at all costs. People need continuous change and are not always able to see whether that change is constructive or destructive. A relationship such as this runs the risk of being short-lived because expectations are high. These relationships are often short and powerful.



You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

Table 1,

Select a hexagram by combining the trigrams:


Trigrammemindeling


Table 2,

Select a hexagram from the drop-down list.
The hexagrams are ordered by number:










1. Qian

the Creative



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上九:亢龙有悔。

Nine at the top means:

Arrogant dragon will have cause to repent.



When a man seeks to climb so high that he loses touch with the rest of mankind, he becomes isolated, and this necessarily leads to failure. This line warns against titanic aspirations that exceed one's power. A precipitous fall would follow.

用九:见群龙无首,吉。

When all the lines are nines, it means:

There appears a flight of dragons without heads. Good fortune.



When all the lines are nines, it means that the whole hexagram is in motion and changes into the hexagram Kun, the Receptive, whose character is devotion. The strength of the Creative and the mildness of the Receptive unite. Strength is indicated by the flight of dragons, mildness by the fact that their heads are hidden. This means that mildness in action joined to strength of decision brings good fortune.
the yellow circle is indicating this line as the governing ruler of the hexagram
九五:飞龙在天,利见大人。

Nine in the fifth place means:

Flying dragon in the heavens.
It furthers one to see the great man.



Here the great man has attained the sphere of the heavenly beings. His influence spreads and becomes visible throughout the whole world. Everyone who sees him may count himself blessed. Confucius says about this line:
Things that accord in tone vibrate together. Things that have affinity in their inmost natures seek one another. Water flows to what is wet, fire turns to what is dry. Clouds (the breath of heaven) follow the dragon, wind (the breath of earth) follows the tiger. Thus the sage arises, and all creatures follow him with their eyes. What is born of heaven feels related to what is above. What is born of earth feels related to what is below. Each follows its kind.
九四:或跃在渊,无咎。

Nine in the fourth place means:

Wavering flight over the depths. No blame.



A place of transition has been reached, and free choice can enter in. A twofold possibility is presented to the great man: he can soar to the heights and play an important part in the world, or he can withdraw into solitude and develop himself. He can go the way of the hero or that of the holy sage who seeks seclusion. There is no general law of his being. If the individual acts consistently and is true to himself, he will find the way that is appropriate for him. This way is right for him and without blame.
九三:君子终日乾乾,夕惕若,厉,无咎。

Nine in the third place means:

All day long the superior man is creatively active.
At nightfall his mind is still beset with cares.
Danger. No blame.



A sphere of influence opens up for the great man. His fame begins to spread. The masses flock to him. His inner power is adequate to the increased outer activity. There are all sorts of things to be done, and when others are at rest in the evening, plans and anxieties press in upon him. But danger lurks here at the place of transition from lowliness to the heights. Many a great man has been ruined because the masses flocked to him and swept him into their course. Ambition has destroyed his integrity. However, true greatness is not impaired by temptations. He who remains in touch with the time that is dawning, and with its demands is prudent enough to avoid all pitfalls, and remains blameless.
九二:见龙在田,利见大人。

Nine in the second place means:

Dragon appearing in the field.
It furthers one to see the great man.



Here the effects of the light-giving power begin to manifest themselves. In terms of human affairs, this means that the great man makes his appearance in his chosen field of activity. As yet he has no commanding position but is still with his peers. However, what distinguishes him form the others is his seriousness of purpose, his unqualified reliability, and the influence he exerts on his environment with out conscious effort. Such a man is destined to gain great influence and to set the world in order. Therefore it is favorable to see him.
初九:潜龙,勿用。

Nine at the beginning means:

Hidden dragon. Do not act.



In China the dragon has a meaning altogether different from that given it in the Western world. The dragon is a symbol of the electrically charged, dynamic, arousing force that manifests itself in the thunderstorm. In winter this energy withdraws into the earth; in the early summer it becomes active again, appearing in the sky as thunder and lightning. As a result the creative forces on earth begin to stir again.
Here this creative force is still hidden beneath the earth and therefore has no effect. In terms of human affairs, this symbolizes a great man who is still unrecognized. Nonetheless he remains true to himself. He does not allow himself to be influenced by outward success or failure, but confident in his strength, he bides his time.
Hence it is wise for the man who consults the oracle and draws this line to wait in the calm strength of patience. The time will fulfill itself. One need not fear least strong will should not prevail; the main thing is not to expend one's powers prematurely in an attempt to obtain by force something for which the time is not yet ripe.
the Sign of hexagram the Creative ais:

the basic hexagrams:
   above Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven
   below Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven

the nuclear hexagrams:
   above Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven
   below Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven

the enveloping hexagrams:
   above Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven
   below Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven

the resonance trigram:
   Trigram Zhèn , the Arousing, the thunder

The first hexagram is made up of six unbroken lines. These unbroken lines stand for the primal power, which is light-giving, active, strong, and of the spirit. The hexagram is consistently strong in character, and since it is without weakness, its essence is power or energy. Its image is heaven. Its energy is represented as unrestricted by any fixed conditions in space and is therefore conceived of as motion. Time is regarded as the basis of this motion. Thus the hexagram includes also the power of time and the power of persisting in time, that is, duration. The power represented by the hexagram is to be interpreted in a dual sense in terms of its action on the universe and of its action on the world of men. In relation to the universe, the hexagram expresses the strong, creative action of the Deity. In relation to the human world, it denotes the creative action of the holy man or sage, of the ruler or leader of men, who through his power awakens and develops their higher nature.

Miscellaneous notes on the Hexagrams:
The Creative is strong.

Strength and firmness constitute the character of this hexagram.
Its image is the trigram of heaven doubled, that is, two successive rotations or days.
It is made up of positive lines only.
the judgment for hexagram the Creative ais:

乾:元亨,利贞。

The Creative works sublime success,
Furthering through perseverance.



According to the original meaning, the attributes [sublimity, potentiality of success, power to further, perseverance] are paired. When an individual draws this oracle, it means that success will come to him from the primal depths of the universe and that everything depends upon his seeking his happiness and that of others in one way only, that is, by perseverance in what is right. The specific meanings of the four attributes became the subject of speculation at an early date. The Chinese word here rendered by "sublime" means literally "head," "origin," "great." This is why Confucius says in explaining it: "Great indeed is the generating power of the Creative; all beings owe their beginning to it. This power permeates all heaven." For this attribute inheres in the other three as well.
The beginning of all things lies still in the beyond in the form of ideas that have yet to become real. But the Creative furthermore has power to lend form to these archetypes of ideas. This is indicated in the word success, and the process is represented by an image from nature: "The clouds pass and the rain does its work, and all individual beings flow into their forms."
Applies to the human world, these attributes show the great man the way to notable success: "Because he sees with great clarity and cause and effects, he completes the six steps at the right time and mounts toward heaven on them at the right time, as though on six dragons."
The six steps are the six different positions given in the hexagram, which are represented later by the dragon symbol. Here it is shown that the way to success lies in apprehending and giving actuality to the way of the universe [Tao], which, as a law running through end and beginning, brings about all phenomena in time. Thus each step attained forthwith becomes a preparation for the next. Time is no longer a hindrance but the means of making actual what is potential. The act of creation having found expression in the two attributes sublimity and success, the work of conservation is shown to be a continuous actualization and differentiation of form. This is expressed in the two terms "furthering" (literally, "creating that which accords with the nature of a given being") and "persevering" (literally, "correct and firm"). "The course of the Creative alters and shapes beings until each attains its true, specific nature, then it keeps them in conformity with the Great Harmony. Thus does it show itself to further through perseverance."
In relation to the human sphere, this shows how the great man brings peace and security to the world through his activity in creating order: "He towers high above the multitude of beings, and all lands are united in peace."
Another line of speculation goes still further in separating the words "sublime," "success," "furthering," "perseverance," and parallels them with the four cardinal virtues in humanity. To sublimity, which, as the fundamental principle, embraces all the other attributes, it links love. To the attribute success are linked the morals, which regulate and organize expressions of love and thereby make them successful. The attribute furthering is correlated with justice, which creates the conditions in which each receives that which accords with his being, that which is due him and which constitutes his happiness. The attribute perseverance is correlated with wisdom, which discerns the immutable laws of all that happens and can therefore bring about enduring conditions.
These speculations, already broached in the commentary called Wen Yan, later formed the bridge connecting the philosophy of the "five stages (elements) of change," as laid down in the Book of History (Shu Ching) with the philosophy of the Book of Changes, which is based solely on the polarity of positive and negative principles. In the course of time this combination of the two systems of thought opened the way for an increasingly intricate number symbolism.

Commentary on the Decision:

大哉乾元,万物资始,乃统天。云行雨施,品物流形。大明始终,六位时成,时乘六龙以御天。乾道变化,各正性命,保合大和,乃利贞。首出庶物,万国咸宁。

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
The clouds pass and the rain does its work, and all individual beings flow into their forms.
Because the holy man is clear as to the end and the beginning, as to the way in which each of the six stages completes itself in its own time, he mounts on them toward heaven as though on six dragons.
The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.
He towers high above the multitude of beings, and all lands are united in peace.



NOTE. This commentary, no doubt correctly ascribed to Confucius, explains the names of the hexagrams as well as the words appended by King Wen to the hexagram as a whole [the Judgment]. In general, the commentary first explains the name of the hexagram, taking into consideration as occasion demands its character, its image, and its structure. Next it elucidates the words of King Wen, either using the sources just named or else starting from the situation of the ruler of the hexagram or from the change of form that has given rise to the hexagram.
No explanation of the names of the eight primary trigrams is given; because it is assumed that this is known.
In the Chinese, the sentences in this commentary are for the most part rhymed, probably in order to make it easier to remember them. The rhymes have not been reproduced in this translation, because they are of no material significance. However, it is well to remember the circumstance, because it explains much of the abruptness in the style, which is often somewhat forced.

The commentary separates the two pairs of attributes given in the Judgment into the four individual attributes of the creative power, whose visible form is heaven. The first attribute is sublimity, which, as the primal cause of all that exists, forms the most important and most inclusive attribute of the Creative. The root meaning of the Chinese word for it — yuan — is literally “head”.

This explains the expression “success.” The success of the creative activity is revealed in the gift of water, which causes the germination and sprouting of all living things. The first passage tells of the beginning of all beings in general; here the separate species in their particular forms are instanced. These two passages show the attributes of greatness and success as they manifest themselves in the creative force in nature. The attributes of sublimity and success take shape correspondingly in the creative man, the sage, who is in harmony with the creative power of the godhead.

The holy man, who understands the mysteries of creation inherent in end and beginning, in death and life, in dissolution and growth, and who understands how these polar opposites condition one another, becomes superior to the limitations of the transitory. For him, the meaning of time is that in it the stages of growth can unfold in a clear sequence. He is mindful at every moment and uses the six stages of growth as if they were six dragons (the image attributed to the individual lines) on which he mounts toward heaven. This is the sublimity and success of the Creative as it shows itself in man.

Here the two other attributes, power to further and power to persevere, are explained in their relation to the creative force in nature. The mode of the creative is not rest but continuous movement and development. Through this force, all things are gradually changed until they are completely transformed in their manifestation. Thus the seasons and all living beings change and alternate in their course. In this way each thing receives the nature appropriate to it, which, from the divine viewpoint, is called its appointed destiny. This explains the concept of furthering. With each thing thus finding its mode, a great and lasting harmony arises in the world: this is expressed in the concept of perseverance (lastingness and integrity).

This describes the creative power of the holy man, who makes it possible for everything to attain its appropriate place, thus bringing about peace on earth, when he occupies an eminent ruling place.
In all these explanations there is an evident parallelism between the Creative in nature and the Creative in the world of man. What is said about the Creative in nature is based on the image of heaven symbolized by the hexagram. Heaven shows the strong, ceaseless movement that by its nature causes everything to happen in due time. The words about the Creative in man are based on the position of the ruler of the hexagram, the nine in the fifth place. The “flying dragon in the heavens” is the image of the sublimity and success of the holy ruler. The eminent place held by the holy man, through which peace comes to the world, has its basis in the line, “It furthers one to see the great man.”
the Image going with hexagram the Creative ais:

天行健,君子以自强不息。

The movement of heaven is full of power.
Thus the superior man makes himself strong and untiring.



Since there is only one heaven, the doubling of the trigram Qian, of which heaven is the image, indicates the movement of heaven. One complete revolution of heaven makes a day, and the repetition of the trigram means that each day is followed by another. This creates the idea of time. Since it is the same heaven moving with untiring power, there is also created the idea of duration both in and beyond time, a movement that never stops nor slackens, just as one day follows another in an unending course. This duration in time is the image of the power inherent in the Creative.
With this image as a model, the sage learns how best to develop himself so that his influence may endure. He must make himself strong in every way, by consciously casting out all that is inferior and degrading. Thus he attains that tirelessness which depends upon consciously limiting the fields of his activity.




the nuclear hexagram:

1. Qian
the Creative

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The primary trigrams
A hexagram contains a lot of information. The most visible information is found when we divide a hexagram into two pieces of three lines each; we then see the two so-called 'trigrams' that make up the hexagram. There is an upper trigram and a lower trigram: the upper primary trigram tells something about your environment in relation to your situation; this is often about everything outside of you.



The lower primary trigram presents you, the questioner, and tells you something about yourself and about your own attitude. If the question is about something or someone else, then the lower trigram is that other and the upper trigram everything outside that other entity, for example an intended business partner or a goal that wants to be reached. The two primary trigrams are also related to each other as cause and effect - the lower trigram is then the cause, the upper is the result.


The value of the eight trigrams can hardly be underestimated. They are the foundation of the Yijing, and in the current layout of the book the sequence of the hexagrams seems to be mysteriously determined by the trigrams from which the hexagrams are constructed. Together with the teachings of the Five Phases, the eight trigrams are the most important core of Chinese thought. They are applied to Feng Shui (the ancient doctrine for the placement of house and grave), in various forms of Chinese astrology, traditional Chinese medicine, and there is even a form of defensive art, Baguazhang, which is entirely geared to the eight trigrams. Anyone who delves into Chinese philosophy will always encounter the eight trigrams and their associations. They are linked to the eight directions, to body parts, numbers, country characteristics, smell, color and taste, in short, they are an important source for the systematization of many things.

Fu Xi 'Earlier Heaven' bagua arrangement


You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.
The nuclear trigrams
The nuclear trigrams are the kernel or root of the hexagram; these are hidden as such in the interior of the hexagram:


The lower nuclear trigram is formed by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th line, the upper nuclear trigram is formed by the 3rd, 4th and 5th line (always counted from bottom up). They overlap.

The meaning of the nuclear trigrams:
The properties and symbolism of the trigrams are no different here than those discussed with the primary trigrams. However, they now indicate what took place before the current situation. Nuclear trigrams indicate which seed has led to the present state. They also indicate what plays out on unconscious levels: wishes, desires, fears that are not expressed. The upper nuclear trigram indicates what lives unconsciously and wants to come out, the lower nuclear trigram indicates what lives deeply unconsciously and does not want to come out. Especially the latter is important, it forms in many cases the engine behind our actions.


You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.
Enveloping trigrams
In many descriptions there are trigrams of which the qualities are 'not completed', or 'limited' or 'obstructed': another factor influences the trigram so that this can not show its properties properly. We can see what the trigram influences by looking at the lines that surround the nuclear trigram. These lines create a different trigram that encloses the nuclear trigram and so prevents the nuclear trigram from expressing itself.

This 'enveloping trigram' is called in Chinese the baoti, the enveloping structure, and its application probably comes from Lin Li (1120-1190). Lin himself says about the baoti: 'To envelop this' means that it is able to give life, to be born; "Enveloping" and "giving life" is actually one meaning. "(The character bao 'envelop' originally represented a fetus in the womb, hence the connection between 'enveloping' and 'giving life'.) The two baoti-trigrams protect the nuclear trigrams and at the same time ensure that they can not express themselves, can not show themselves in adulthood, because they are not yet fully grown.

There are two baoti-trigrams in every hexagram: a lower envelope trigram and an upper envelope trigram. They can be found in a hexagram as follows:

This hexagram has the lower nuclear trigram Wind . The lines around this core trigram form the trigram Water . Water thus envelops the trigram Wind. In other words: Water ensures that the qualities of Wind remain hidden or can not manifest themselves. Communicating, achieving long-term results, not giving up but continuing consistently, daring to be curious and so on are hampered by insecurity, fears, not getting a grip on the situation, the feeling of having to flow along in an unclear course that does not have a well-defined goal.


The upper nuclear trigram is enveloped in the same way by another trigram. In the same hexagram as above, the upper nuclear trigram is Heaven . This is enveloped, hidden or obstructed by the trigram Earth . This creates the image of innovation, creativity and creative power, leadership and a focused focus that are impeded by passivity, a wait-and-see attitude, and in the worst case by endurance. A strong-willed leader who can not carry out his plans because the people oppose him.

In the above example we see a total of six different trigrams: We have the primary trigrams Mountain and Lake , the nuclear trigram Wind and Heaven , and the baoti, the enveloping trigrams Water and Earth . However, it can also happen that a trigram occurs more frequently in the hexagram, and that has interesting consequences.


In this hexagram we see the lower nuclear trigram Thunder . Around it is as baoti the trigram Wind . Thunder is then locked up in Wind: innovation, a new start and fast progress (Thunder) are obstructed, stopped or protected by an attitude of 'slowly but surely', small steps and focus on details; a lot of communication but little concrete result (Wind). In this way, Wind ensures that spontaneity and self-renewal do not stand a chance. But this enveloping trigram Wind can also be seen as the upper primary trigram - the trigram that often symbolizes the counterparty or the environment. The upper primary trigram is here also the obstructing trigram, in other words: it is the counterparty, the environment that in this case holds back the renewal and a concrete breakthrough.


That with the baoti profound insights can be obtained we see with hexagram 37. This hexagram has the lower nuclear trigram Fire . It also has Fire as the upper nuclear trigram. This nuclear trigram is itself packed by the trigram Fire. If we see the lower trigram as the questioner, which is therefore Fire, then the thought arises of someone who has a clear vision, has a good idea of the developments, but can not express this. He is obstructed in this, but the limiting factor is he himself: he attaches so much to his own view that he can no longer objectively assess its value. He wants his vision to remain pure and unaffected by penetrating external influences (the upper basic trigram Wind ). That is why he chooses to protect his vision by keeping it for himself.

You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

Heaven: the Creative
The Heaven trigram consists entirely of three whole lines. These whole lines represent the Yang principle in the universe. Yang is action, movement, doing something. It also stands for the spiritual, the intangible, and the light. It is the father of all eight trigrams, thus indicating the male, guiding principle. It means giving, coming out, taking the lead, taking action. Heaven is the creative, initiating force in our universe. It is the intention, the idea, the will and goal oriented. It is the ultimate Yang force, the guiding, directional effect in your life. - Let me be the invisible but guiding intention. -
• What it does: active deployment, deliberate and powerful decision making, focusing, taking the lead.
• What it shows: the light, higher, invisible and intangible, spirit, leadership, the strong, inexhaustible.




an ancient representation of this trigram





The Heaven as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: take the lead in your situation. Give guidance to others, deliberately dedicate yourself to your chosen goal. Focus on external factors that need guidance. Make your intention and ideas clear. Act forcefully and strong.
• What it shows: male dominance outside of you, a strong-willed person or environment, a ratio-driven external factor that wants to steer. A father figure.
• How to express it: Heaven as the upper trigram can mean that you want to carry out plans; you have ideas and want to set up something that gives recognition in your environment, and perhaps in society. You want to convey spiritual values ​​in the world. You want to mean something. In the worst case it can mean that you are stupid and stubborn.



The Heaven as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: find your inner motive. Focus on your intent, your motivation and your goal. Focus on your inner strength that sets everything in motion, the invisible energy that causes things to run according to your plan. Use your head, your intellect. Be strong inside.
• What it shows: inner strength, rationality and focus on aspects within yourself. Take charge of yourself, the spirituality behind your actions.
• How to express it: an inner force that makes you confident and decisive. You have energy in you, but do not immediately feel the need to do something with it. It is your driving force, your motivation. You are your own leader and independent of others. In the worst case it can mean that you are selfish, and an introvert to the extreme.



The Heaven as the upper nuclear trigram:
there is an urge to act as a leader or to show your own creativity. You have ideas that you want to achieve, but they remain in the concept phase.



The Heaven as the lower trigram trigram:
there is a strong father bond, or bonding with the fatherly. The inspiration that you feel inside can not be used. You have a direction but no goal.



The Heaven as the upper enveloping trigram:
There is a strong, masculine influence that imposes his will. The ratio has the upper hand. There is more thought in abstract theories where daily practice is not seen as leading. Ideas without concretization are an impeding factor.



The Heaven as the lower enveloping trigram:
There is a strong, masculine influence that imposes his will. The ratio has the upper hand. There is more thought in abstract theories where daily practice is not seen as leading. Ideas without concretization are an impeding factor.



The Heaven as the resonance trigram:
The relationship is characterized by, or needs, a common goal and focus. The noses are moving in the same direction, there is driven action and motivation to make the relationship and the chosen goal successful. There is a risk that concepts are overthought and that nothing concrete is achieved. The relationship can also have a strong male or business character.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Earth: the Receiving
The trigram Earth consists entirely of broken lines, Yin lines. Yin stands for the receptive, the open, the passive, the following. It stands for the tangible, the concrete, the dark and the heavy. It is the mother of all trigrams, and thus indicates the nourishing, caring principle. It means getting into the camera, following, standing still, experiencing. The Earth trigram is the executive. It makes matters concrete and visible, it converts intention into action and results. Earth stands for matter, the material that you can work with and that you can shape. It is passive in nature, but starts with the right input. - Give me your ideas and I will grow them to maturity. -
• What it does: receive, feed, care and give space. Realizing, making tangible. Follow the lead, execute plans with the desired result in mind.
• What it shows: an open character, the unprocessed field with potential, strong work that is boundlessly committed to the big picture. Service, the mother.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Earth as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: open up, be receptive to the needs in your surroundings and take care of them. Maintain a mental servility without having any expectations nor judgments about the work at hand. Make sure the work is done.
• What it shows: growth through the right nutrition. Wei wu wei - do without doing: an environment or a situation that by itself and by its own open attitude will develop to its destination.
• How to express it: Earth as the upper trigram can mean you open yourself to external influences. You want to experience the outside world, experience it without directing it yourself. You want to be helpful, supporting others. In the extreme case, it can mean that you are passive, and allow yourself to be guided too much by your environment and even used by others.



The Earth as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: be open to your inner growth. Give your own ideas and intentions the space to become concrete. Take care of yourself, be open to your own needs and focus on the possibilities you have to implement ideas and intentions. Answer inner questions without question or judgment.
• What it shows: the nurturing space within yourself, the inner mother, your strength to care for and to shape, to serve though not forbearing.
• How to express it: as the lower trigram, Earth can mean you open up to everything that lives within yourself, without boundaries or conditions. You accept your own character, emotions and actions without judgment. You have a calm attitude and you do not need to do anything, you prefer to come to yourself. In the extreme case it can mean that you are a slave of your own emotions, and you allow yourself to be guided too much by your passive side.



The Earth as the upper nuclear trigram:
you want to be open to your environment, but you do not know how to express it. Caring qualities are not used, the realization of earlier plans is not realized. The space that is available for growth is not used.



The Earth as the lower nuclear trigram:
there is a strong mother bond, or bonding with the maternal. You feel a void inside, a cavity that wants to fill up. You experience passivity and aimlessness and see no possibilities to solve this.



The Earth as the upper envelope trigram:
There is a passive attitude and the tendency to let things take their course. There is a lack of guidance; one is shielded by the female or motherly, the Yin. There is a dominant focus on the material, tangible and demonstrable result. You can easily be influenced.



The Earth as the lower envelope trigram:
There is a passive attitude and the tendency to let things take their course. There is a lack of guidance; one is shielded by the female or motherly, the Yin. There is a dominant focus on the material, tangible and demonstrable result. You can easily be influenced.



The Earth as the resonance trigram:
Both parties have an open attitude towards each other and want to support each other. They have an eye for each other's needs, and want to mutually meet this. Production, concrete result is a common interest. There is a chance that both parties will show a passive-waiting attitude, as a result of which the intended result will not get off the ground. It is expected that the other person will take the initiative.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Lake: the Joyous
The trigram Lake stands for the joyous, the relaxation, the positive outlook on life, carefree. It stands for creativity that comes from consideration. It means the deeper feelings, the inner source where is drawn from to give meaning to your life. It stands for unconventional means, magic and religious reflection. Positive energy can break through a dominant negativism. - I am the positive force that gives meaning to your life destiny. -
• What it does: face the world in a tidy and carefree way, not hampered by responsibilities or obligations. The Lake trigram makes things enjoyable. It cannot be influenced by negative elements, as a result of which these elements will dissolve out of powerlessness. The Lake is averse to rules and conventions; it does what is necessary to reach one's own inner Sense, regardless of prescribed structures and expectations.
• What it shows: the beauty in existence, the cheerful, pleasant and the satisfaction that can be achieved in every situation. The trackless paths of a free spirit.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Lake as the upper primary trigram:
• What it demands: positive commitment and also find the same positivity outside yourself. Be stubborn, but without hurting. Be an example that others can mirror.
• What it shows: the opening in the wall, the poetry of the universal rhythm, carefree naivety in dealing with your surroundings. Open-mindedness that can not be precipitated.
• How to express it: as an upper trigram, the Lake can mean that you have a positive view of the world and your situation. You do not really worry, and you want to share your carefree with others. You are frank, you do not turn your heart into a murder pit. You are a mirror for your environment. In the worst case it can mean that you are childish naive, you do not care about your surroundings, and you do not dare to face real problems.



The Lake as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: inner satisfaction. Be your own source of inspiration and carefree. Dare to look outside your built-in structures. Focus on unexpected possibilities that you would not normally use quickly.
• What it shows: your inner source, the inexhaustible positive power of your deepest being. The mirror of your soul, your unique personality as a carrier of your qualities.
• How to express it: as a lower trigram, the Lake can mean that you have a rich inner life. You are aware of your feelings and what they mean to you. You have a lot of confidence and do not worry about the future. Your feelings are your inspiration, but you can not buy them here. In the worst case, you drown in your own emotional world and depression and denial of your weaker side can be the result.



The Lake as upper nuclear trigram:
there is a positive-naive side that wants to go out. The child wants to be seen in yourself. You have the need not to conform to the expectations of others.



The Lake as the lower nuclear trigram:
the positive side of your character is tucked away. You become uncertain of your own optimism and you may wonder if it is justified. Your source is not fed - your inner Lake is being blocked.



The Lake as upper enveloping trigram:
A naive view of the cases where responsibilities are ignored or denied keeps progress in its grip. An adult attitude is lacking; the ball is always reflected back. Unconventional means or decisions that fall outside the set framework are an impeding factor.



The Lake as lower enveloping trigram:
A naive view of the cases where responsibilities are ignored or denied keeps progress in its grip. An adult attitude is lacking; the ball is always reflected back. Unconventional means or decisions that fall outside the set framework are an impeding factor.



The Lake as resonance trigram:
In this relationship there is room for airiness, it should not become too heavy or serious. The relationship is characterized by a positive atmosphere. Fun and giving meaning are important elements that maintain the relationship. The downside is that responsibilities are evaded and that important or difficult tasks and decisions are played back over and over again.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Fire: the Clinging
The trigram Fire stands for the light, the truth. It is that which unmasks the lie and dispels the darkness. It means entering into commitments; you merge with something or someone else. Het Vuur stands for searching for something that can give meaning to your life. The trigram Fire is warmth, clarity and insight. The own truth as certainty to which one attaches. Fire enters into relationships and clings to what it feeds. - I am the light that shows what you value. -
• What it does: connect, use, transform and reduce to the essence. Bringing the truth to light. Commitment. In this way the Fire protects the small spark that would otherwise die out.
• What it shows: the reality as it is. The importance of commitments. It reveals what is essentially needed.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Fire as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: show your own truth. Be involved, dare to attach to that what transformations can bring about. Trust your own insights.
• What it shows: your dependence on your environment, something outside yourself that can feed you so that you can give back heat.
• How to express it: as an upper trigram, Fire can mean that you value the opinion of others. You find it important to fight injustice and to tell your own vision about it to others. You feel at home in groups, and like to work together. In the extreme case it can mean that you are pushy, and possessive.



The Fire as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: face your own truth: connect with that which defines you as a unique person and let this be your motivation. Be aware of your inner fire, your passion.
• What it shows: the power source that burns your fire. Your defense mechanism to protect your soft sides. Your heart.
• How to express it: Fire as the bottom trigram can mean that you are looking for the truth in yourself, instead of in your environment. Your own norms and values ​​are more important to you than those of society. You adhere to principles, and you have a rational impact. In the extreme case it may mean that you see your own principles as the only and correct truth, and are not open to the truth of others, or that you are too attached to your own conscience.



The Fire as the upper nuclear trigram:
your own insights do not come outwards. You have vision, but see no opportunities to share it. The truth is inside, but does not want to stay there. You are afraid to attach yourself, to connect to that outside of yourself what you can feed.



The Fire as the bottom nuclear trigram:
you cherish your own truth and insights as a precious treasure. Its value for the world has not yet penetrated you. Your inner Fire can not grow.



The Fire as the upper enveloping trigram:
One is dependent on, is too attached to one's own vision and personal imagery. People are proud of relationships with others without these connections being nourishing in the current situation. The external form goes beyond the substantive function.



The Fire as the lower enveloping trigram:
One is dependent on, is too attached to one's own vision and personal imagery. People are proud of relationships with others without these connections being nourishing in the current situation. The external form goes beyond the substantive function.



The Fire as the resonance trigram:
Fire is the ultimate trigram of relationships. A characteristic of this relationship is that the connection between both parties is very strong. One feeds each other, but there is a risk that one cannot live without the other, so that the relationship becomes obsessive or addictive. People can no longer see each other as individuals.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Wind: the Gentle
The Wind trigram stands for curiosity and flexibility. It means perseverance from meekness, and compliance without violating your own principles. De Wind stands for thoroughness, exchange and communication. The trigram is also called 'The Wood'. The Wind symbolizes a soft, penetrating force that continues continuously and does not give up. Small steps without hurry. He is curious and knows no boundaries. De Wind is invisibly present and ensures long-lasting results. De Wind promotes, smoothes, creates balance and balance. - I am the roots of the tree that break the hardest stone through perseverance. -
• What it does: communicate, make long journeys, exert soft, almost imperceptible influence. Be active in the background. Continue, don't give up.
• What it shows: the details. Countless steps that, when viewed in isolation, seem trivial, but slowly work towards something big and lasting. The Butterfly Effect. (The Butterfly Effect is based on the idea that a small, apparently insignificant factor (such as the minute air displacement by butterfly wings) at location A has major consequences (eg a hurricane) for location B located a kilometer away.)


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Wind as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: concentrate on small steps and on details. Work in the long term. Provide a roadmap that you can accurately follow to the letter. Communicate; practice your influence in an unobtrusive way and ensure balance in your environment. Show willpower. Put the dots on the i.
• What it shows: seemingly insignificant influences from outside that ultimately have a lasting and irreversible effect. Ceaseless meekness without ulterior motives. Erosion that can make the highest mountains wear.
• How to express it: the Wind as the upper trigram can mean that you are curious, and would like to stay informed about what is happening in your area. You need exchange and are looking for balance. You have more need for details than the main lines. In the extreme case it can mean that you are fussy and only look at knowledge itself than at its value.



The Wind as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: subject yourself to an accurate self-examination. Be curious about your own motivations; create an inner dialogue. Be patient and steadfast. Do not give up. Ask yourself how you can give your own character permanence without doing the violence.
• What it shows: the power to keep going and not be discouraged by setbacks. Meekness towards your own abilities and limitations. The continuous search for balance in yourself.
• How to express it: as the bottom trigram, Wind can mean that you subject yourself to a thorough self-examination. You are looking for the causes that have made you what you are now. The 'why' is now important to you. You continue until you have the answers that you desire. In the extreme case it can mean that you look more closely at the separate parts of your being and your situation than at the whole. It can also indicate indecision.



The Wind as the upper nuclear trigram:
you feel the need to communicate, but you do not yet know how to express yourself well. You want to take small steps and produce a consistent result in the long term, but other factors hamper this.


The Wind as the lower nuclear trigram:
you miss an inner dialogue, and are unable to balance pros and cons in a balanced way. Indecision is the result.



The Wind as upper envelope trigram:
There is radiation and buttons are not cut. The focus is on communication and exchange back and forth without achieving anything. One is busy with details and loses the big lines in the eye. What is far away is more important than what is close.



The Wind as lower envelope trigram:
There is radiation and buttons are not cut. The focus is on communication and exchange back and forth without achieving anything. One is busy with details and loses the big lines in the eye. What is far away is more important than what is close.



The Wind as the resonance trigram:
The relationship is meek - harsh words won't fall soon. Communication is very important, it looks at the small things, the details. They strive for a long-term relationship that can last for years. There can be a tendency to become nitpicking and to lose control of the whole. You can no longer see the forest for the trees.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Mountain: Keeping Still
The Mountain trigram stands for rest, turning in and meditation. It means looking back at what has been, finishing, stopping and stopping. De Berg provides guidance, is concrete, takes a clear position and stands for a clear-cut position. De Berg is the big boundary. He stops processes, stops progress and preserves what is already there. He is silent, introverted and unwavering in his decisions. He holds on to what he knows and will ensure that it does not change. - I finish what others have started. -
• What it does: review, evaluate and contemplate. Take some distance and keep what has arisen earlier. Finish, prepare for a new start.
• What it shows: a border, a milestone. A refrigerator in which everything stays as it is. A private space that gives peace and tranquility.


an ancient representation of this trigram




The Mountain as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: set limits. Be unwavering, do not be fooled. Hold on to what you have and protect it, make sure it is not affected. Be reliable and clear. Around it.
• What it shows: an unyielding power that you can not ignore. Reliability that can not be influenced by grilling or the delusion of the day. A certainty you can build on. A closed and conservative moloch.
• How to express it: the Mountain as the upper trigram can mean that your environment is your grip. You are practical, more a doer than a thinker, and focused on results. You have one goal in mind and focus entirely on that, something more important is not there. You are steadfast and resolute. Also to your surroundings you make clear what you want to achieve. In the extreme case it can mean that you are stubborn, and more focused on the goal than on its consequences.



The Mountain as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: go inside, shut yourself off from outside influences. Put a point behind ongoing and lingering processes within yourself, around this in a way that gives you rest.
• What it shows: inner peace. The certainty of a stable mind. The boundaries within which your mind can function with confidence.
• How to express it: as a bottom trigram, Berg can mean that you need peace, meditation and contemplation. You are focused on your own processes and not on those of your environment. You seek guidance in your own values ​​and try to discover your own certainties. You want to do this yourself without the help of others. You do not need to interfere with your environment in yourself. In the extreme case it can mean that you completely isolate yourself, and no longer have an eye for the interaction between you and your environment.



The Mountain as upper nuclear trigram:
you seek a quiet point in yourself that helps you to deal with your daily activities. You have a strong meditative tendency, but are prevented from doing so. Your steadfastness and reliable attitude are not seen.



The Mountain as lower nuclear trigram:
you feel like you have a big secret in you that needs to be protected. This is your foothold, but you feel the threat of other factors that affect your inner security.



The Mountain as the upper enveloping trigram:
Stubbornness, an aversion to change or renewal hinders. There is a distant attitude, unwillingness to cooperate; one retreats into his own world. Obstacles are created that aim to maintain the status quo.



The Mountain as the lower enveloping trigram:
Stubbornness, an aversion to change or renewal hinders. There is a distant attitude, unwillingness to cooperate; one retreats into his own world. Obstacles are created that aim to maintain the status quo.



The Mountain as resonance trigram:
A relationship characterized by the trigram Mountain contains a strong degree of individuality. Both parties are strongly focused on themselves and mutually difficult to approach. Contact may be avoided, but everyone has a high degree of trust in the other. There is a risk that the relationship cannot grow due to rigidity and conservatism. Changes within the relationship can be a point of contention.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Water: the Abysmal
The trigram "The flowing Water" symbolizes the deep, the unconscious. It stands for what is hidden and is not easy to find. Your fears, doubts and uncertainties are represented by this trigram. It means taking risks, danger, and forces at work below the surface. The trigram Water is the feeling trigram. It does not control how it flows, this is determined by other factors other than Water. Where it will end up is uncertain, how the path is going to be is not certain in advance. The flowing Water stands for emotion, co-flowing without a clear goal. - I am the capricious dark road whose journey goes beyond the ultimate goal. -
• What it does: flow without purpose, explore depth, explore boundaries and use without crossing them, take risks. Feeling and experiencing fears without being controlled by them.
• What it shows: uncertainty through and with an emotional bond. Limitations due to external factors that hinder but do not prevent. The certainty that uncertainty can also take you where you need to be.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Water as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: do not resist the limits and restrictions that are imposed on you. Follow your own path within boundaries without worrying about a final destination. Accept that the erratic and uncertain circumstances can not be logically reasoned. The path you follow now appeals to your ability to release securities.
• What it shows: unreliable elements outside yourself where you want to have no control over. A situation that changes unpredictably. Patterns that only become visible when developments have followed their course.
• How to express it: as the upper trigram it can indicate that there is something in your environment, at least outside of you, that makes you insecure. You are influenced by events that affect you emotionally, your involvement is great. You are confronted with situations in which you are expected to make choices, while the choices may not always be clear to you. In the extreme case it can mean that external influences affect your decision-making skills, and you experience the environment as threatening.



The Water as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: do you face fears, doubts and uncertainties. Make sure your emotions can flow freely. Find the inner journey that has neither goal nor end, but is an essential part of your being.
• What it shows: the unconscious and unnameable part of your soul. The formless that adapts to the limits of it formed character.
• How to express it: can indicate the Water as the bottom trigram that you have doubts about the way you want to go and about the goal you want to achieve. You are influenced by feelings of which you do not know the origin and are uncertain about your own motivations. In the worst case it can mean that you are depressed, and see no possibilities to achieve what you want.



The Water as the upper nuclear trigram:
you have fears or doubts that occasionally come to the surface. However, your environment does not always see it. You have a free spirit that wants to be unbound and wants to take risks, but you are being stopped in this.



The Water as the bottom nuclear trigram:
your subconscious is mainly occupied at night; during the day there is no chance to come to the surface. Dreams are often the outlet valve. Emotions are stirring, but their relevance and meaning are completely unclear to you.



The Water as the upper enveloping trigram:
The fear and emotion are governing. An uncontrolled, insecure attitude without a concrete chosen goal determines the progress. Inferior elements with secret or even bad intentions are an inhibiting factor. There is a lack of certainty, there is no clear vision or policy.



The Water as the lower enveloping trigram:
The fear and emotion are governing. An uncontrolled, insecure attitude without a concrete chosen goal determines the progress. Inferior elements with secret or even bad intentions are an inhibiting factor. There is a lack of certainty, there is no clear vision or policy.



The Water as the resonance trigram:
This relationship is characterized by ambiguity, fear or doubts. People react and play on the emotion, there is no room for the ratio. If unreal sentiments play the leading role, the relationship can have deep troughs. The relationships are generally difficult and people do not know what is useful to each other. Distrust and insincere behavior can result.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.

The Thunder: the Arousing
Thunder stands for intense energy, impulses, hard action and new ideas. He stands for a new beginning, unrestrainedness and spontaneity. The Thunder is short but intense and symbolizes powerful breakthroughs that last briefly but have radical consequences. The trigram Thunder is fast, direct and unstoppable. It is the sudden inspiration, the intuitive thought, the new invention. Thunder works in the short term, is resolute regardless of the possible consequences. - I am the shock that shakes the sleeping ghost. -
• What it does: initiate, confront and ensure absolute and radical change. Act quickly without detours. Set out the main lines.
• What it shows: the rough sketch, the framework, the rapid development. The big bang that ensures that you are inside in one go.


an ancient representation of this trigram





The Thunder as the upper primary trigram:
• What it asks: take immediate action. Make your raw plans known. Let yourself be heard. The fist on the table. Make a new start, do not look back. Be inspired by your environment. Be resolute, do not be guided by possible consequences. Act according to your intuition.
• What it shows: unexpected and shocking changes. An environment that rebels, that overthrows the established order.
• How to express it: as an upper trigram, Thunder can mean that large and rapid changes take place in your environment. You see revolutions and revolutions taking place, or would like to bring about this yourself. What is happening now you would like to radically change. There are no calmer steps now. In the extreme case it can mean that you are like a bull in a china shop, and the long term consequences of your actions no longer sees.



The Thunder as the lower primary trigram:
• What it asks: put old insights aside. Renew yourself, let go of the past. Look ahead, make a new beginning and make this decision without the expectation that action must be taken immediately. Cut that Gordian knot.
• What it shows: the awakening insight. The sunlight of the dawn. Satori.
• How to express it: Thunder as the bottom trigram can mean that there are big revolutions in you. You are a whirlwind of energy that recounts everything you assure for sure. You stand for a new period in your life, and want to break with old habits. In the extreme case it can mean that you are blowing yourself up and are busy with self-destruction. You want to change too quickly.



The Thunder as the upper nuclear trigram:
you feel a strong urge to action, to performance and renewal, a new start, but is hampered in this. Your strong intuition finds no reception in your surroundings.



The Thunder as the bottom nuclear trigram:
you are driven by a primary force: spontaneity is your motive, but it is hindered. You want to renew yourself but do not know how.



The Thunder as the upper enveloping trigram:
One wants a (too) fast progress; the desire or demand for radical renewal without taking into account the consequences determines the situation. There are aggressive and rigorous forces at work that would rather see a revolution than that the current condition is maintained.



The Thunder as the lower enveloping trigram:
One wants a (too) fast progress; the desire or demand for radical renewal without taking into account the consequences determines the situation. There are aggressive and rigorous forces at work that would rather see a revolution than that the current condition is maintained.



The Thunder as the resonance trigram:
Fast and intense are appropriate words for a relationship that is characterized by Thunder. People are not so much concerned with the future, rather impulsiveness and instinct determine how one deals with each other to avoid rut at all costs. People need continuous change and are not always able to see whether that change is constructive or destructive. A relationship such as this runs the risk of being short-lived because expectations are high. These relationships are often short and powerful.



an ancient representation of this trigram




You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.
The resonance trigram
The Yijing is often consulted for situations in which another party is involved. This can be a friend, a partner, a colleague, an employer, a competitor, the environment in general or a new goal that one wants to achieve. The other party is then represented by the upper trigram. The questioner, or the person for whom the hexagram is thrown, is the lower trigram. We prefer that both parties, namely the subject and that external party, are in harmony with each other, that they have a good understanding. There is a way to see if the two parties are in a good mood with each other or if they are in trouble. For this we use a method from the Xuankong Dagua feng shui, a direction within the feng shui in which hexagrams and trigrams play a prominent role. The function of this method is essentially different within the feng shui than what it is used for here, but the principle remains the same. We call it the resonance trigram here.
In a hexagram, the corresponding lines of the two basic tigrams are compared with each other. You then look at the following three pairs of lines:

• the first and the fourth line
• the second and the fifth line
• the third and the sixth line.

So:


A trigram then emerges that provides insight into the relationship that the two trigrams have with each other:
• If both lines are different, the result is a Yang line .
• If both lines are equal, the result is a Yin line .

The lines 1 and 4 are different: line 1 is Yang and line 4 is Yin . This then results in a Yang line .
The lines 2 and 5 are both Yin . This then results in a Yin line .
The lines 3 and 6 are different: line 3 is Yang and line 6 is Yin . This then results in a Yang line .
Put above one another, we get the trigram Fire as resonance trigram from the example hexagram above .

The resonance trigram shows the characteristic, the common denominator, of the relationship between the two trigrams, that is, between the two parties around which the question or situation revolves. Depending on the question asked, it can also indicate what the relationship needs.


You can read much more about the trigrams and their meaning in the eighth Wing of the Ten Wings, part of the Yijing. You can find this text here.



The text above about the trigrams and their meanings is taken from Harmen Mesker's publications on the Yijing. His work makes an excellent introduction to the use and interpretation of the Yijing. If you like to know more about Harmen Mesker's work look at his website.
the Sign:

the basic hexagrams:
   above Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven
   below Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven

the nuclear hexagrams:
   above Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven
   below Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven

the enveloping hexagrams:
   above Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven
   below Trigram Qián , the Creative, the heaven

the resonance trigram:
   Trigram Zhèn , the Arousing, the thunder

The first hexagram is made up of six unbroken lines. These unbroken lines stand for the primal power, which is light-giving, active, strong, and of the spirit. The hexagram is consistently strong in character, and since it is without weakness, its essence is power or energy. Its image is heaven. Its energy is represented as unrestricted by any fixed conditions in space and is therefore conceived of as motion. Time is regarded as the basis of this motion. Thus the hexagram includes also the power of time and the power of persisting in time, that is, duration. The power represented by the hexagram is to be interpreted in a dual sense in terms of its action on the universe and of its action on the world of men. In relation to the universe, the hexagram expresses the strong, creative action of the Deity. In relation to the human world, it denotes the creative action of the holy man or sage, of the ruler or leader of men, who through his power awakens and develops their higher nature.

Miscellaneous notes on the Hexagrams:
The Creative is strong.
 
Strength and firmness constitute the character of this hexagram.
Its image is the trigram of heaven doubled, that is, two successive rotations or days.
It is made up of positive lines only.


the judgment:

乾:元亨,利贞。

The Creative works sublime success,
Furthering through perseverance.



According to the original meaning, the attributes [sublimity, potentiality of success, power to further, perseverance] are paired. When an individual draws this oracle, it means that success will come to him from the primal depths of the universe and that everything depends upon his seeking his happiness and that of others in one way only, that is, by perseverance in what is right. The specific meanings of the four attributes became the subject of speculation at an early date. The Chinese word here rendered by "sublime" means literally "head," "origin," "great." This is why Confucius says in explaining it: "Great indeed is the generating power of the Creative; all beings owe their beginning to it. This power permeates all heaven." For this attribute inheres in the other three as well.
The beginning of all things lies still in the beyond in the form of ideas that have yet to become real. But the Creative furthermore has power to lend form to these archetypes of ideas. This is indicated in the word success, and the process is represented by an image from nature: "The clouds pass and the rain does its work, and all individual beings flow into their forms."
Applies to the human world, these attributes show the great man the way to notable success: "Because he sees with great clarity and cause and effects, he completes the six steps at the right time and mounts toward heaven on them at the right time, as though on six dragons."
The six steps are the six different positions given in the hexagram, which are represented later by the dragon symbol. Here it is shown that the way to success lies in apprehending and giving actuality to the way of the universe [Tao], which, as a law running through end and beginning, brings about all phenomena in time. Thus each step attained forthwith becomes a preparation for the next. Time is no longer a hindrance but the means of making actual what is potential. The act of creation having found expression in the two attributes sublimity and success, the work of conservation is shown to be a continuous actualization and differentiation of form. This is expressed in the two terms "furthering" (literally, "creating that which accords with the nature of a given being") and "persevering" (literally, "correct and firm"). "The course of the Creative alters and shapes beings until each attains its true, specific nature, then it keeps them in conformity with the Great Harmony. Thus does it show itself to further through perseverance."
In relation to the human sphere, this shows how the great man brings peace and security to the world through his activity in creating order: "He towers high above the multitude of beings, and all lands are united in peace."
Another line of speculation goes still further in separating the words "sublime," "success," "furthering," "perseverance," and parallels them with the four cardinal virtues in humanity. To sublimity, which, as the fundamental principle, embraces all the other attributes, it links love. To the attribute success are linked the morals, which regulate and organize expressions of love and thereby make them successful. The attribute furthering is correlated with justice, which creates the conditions in which each receives that which accords with his being, that which is due him and which constitutes his happiness. The attribute perseverance is correlated with wisdom, which discerns the immutable laws of all that happens and can therefore bring about enduring conditions.
These speculations, already broached in the commentary called Wen Yan, later formed the bridge connecting the philosophy of the "five stages (elements) of change," as laid down in the Book of History (Shu Ching) with the philosophy of the Book of Changes, which is based solely on the polarity of positive and negative principles. In the course of time this combination of the two systems of thought opened the way for an increasingly intricate number symbolism.

Commentary on the Decision:

大哉乾元,万物资始,乃统天。云行雨施,品物流形。大明始终,六位时成,时乘六龙以御天。乾道变化,各正性命,保合大和,乃利贞。首出庶物,万国咸宁。

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
The clouds pass and the rain does its work, and all individual beings flow into their forms.
Because the holy man is clear as to the end and the beginning, as to the way in which each of the six stages completes itself in its own time, he mounts on them toward heaven as though on six dragons.
The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.
He towers high above the multitude of beings, and all lands are united in peace.



NOTE. This commentary, no doubt correctly ascribed to Confucius, explains the names of the hexagrams as well as the words appended by King Wen to the hexagram as a whole [the Judgment]. In general, the commentary first explains the name of the hexagram, taking into consideration as occasion demands its character, its image, and its structure. Next it elucidates the words of King Wen, either using the sources just named or else starting from the situation of the ruler of the hexagram or from the change of form that has given rise to the hexagram.
No explanation of the names of the eight primary trigrams is given; because it is assumed that this is known.
In the Chinese, the sentences in this commentary are for the most part rhymed, probably in order to make it easier to remember them. The rhymes have not been reproduced in this translation, because they are of no material significance. However, it is well to remember the circumstance, because it explains much of the abruptness in the style, which is often somewhat forced.

The commentary separates the two pairs of attributes given in the Judgment into the four individual attributes of the creative power, whose visible form is heaven. The first attribute is sublimity, which, as the primal cause of all that exists, forms the most important and most inclusive attribute of the Creative. The root meaning of the Chinese word for it — yuan — is literally “head”.

This explains the expression “success.” The success of the creative activity is revealed in the gift of water, which causes the germination and sprouting of all living things. The first passage tells of the beginning of all beings in general; here the separate species in their particular forms are instanced. These two passages show the attributes of greatness and success as they manifest themselves in the creative force in nature. The attributes of sublimity and success take shape correspondingly in the creative man, the sage, who is in harmony with the creative power of the godhead.
 
The holy man, who understands the mysteries of creation inherent in end and beginning, in death and life, in dissolution and growth, and who understands how these polar opposites condition one another, becomes superior to the limitations of the transitory. For him, the meaning of time is that in it the stages of growth can unfold in a clear sequence. He is mindful at every moment and uses the six stages of growth as if they were six dragons (the image attributed to the individual lines) on which he mounts toward heaven. This is the sublimity and success of the Creative as it shows itself in man.
 
Here the two other attributes, power to further and power to persevere, are explained in their relation to the creative force in nature. The mode of the creative is not rest but continuous movement and development. Through this force, all things are gradually changed until they are completely transformed in their manifestation. Thus the seasons and all living beings change and alternate in their course. In this way each thing receives the nature appropriate to it, which, from the divine viewpoint, is called its appointed destiny. This explains the concept of furthering. With each thing thus finding its mode, a great and lasting harmony arises in the world: this is expressed in the concept of perseverance (lastingness and integrity).
 
This describes the creative power of the holy man, who makes it possible for everything to attain its appropriate place, thus bringing about peace on earth, when he occupies an eminent ruling place.
In all these explanations there is an evident parallelism between the Creative in nature and the Creative in the world of man. What is said about the Creative in nature is based on the image of heaven symbolized by the hexagram. Heaven shows the strong, ceaseless movement that by its nature causes everything to happen in due time. The words about the Creative in man are based on the position of the ruler of the hexagram, the nine in the fifth place. The “flying dragon in the heavens” is the image of the sublimity and success of the holy ruler. The eminent place held by the holy man, through which peace comes to the world, has its basis in the line, “It furthers one to see the great man.”


the Image:

天行健,君子以自强不息。

The movement of heaven is full of power.
Thus the superior man makes himself strong and untiring.



Since there is only one heaven, the doubling of the trigram Qian, of which heaven is the image, indicates the movement of heaven. One complete revolution of heaven makes a day, and the repetition of the trigram means that each day is followed by another. This creates the idea of time. Since it is the same heaven moving with untiring power, there is also created the idea of duration both in and beyond time, a movement that never stops nor slackens, just as one day follows another in an unending course. This duration in time is the image of the power inherent in the Creative.
With this image as a model, the sage learns how best to develop himself so that his influence may endure. He must make himself strong in every way, by consciously casting out all that is inferior and degrading. Thus he attains that tirelessness which depends upon consciously limiting the fields of his activity.


the Lines:


上九:亢龙有悔。

Nine at the top means:

Arrogant dragon will have cause to repent.



When a man seeks to climb so high that he loses touch with the rest of mankind, he becomes isolated, and this necessarily leads to failure. This line warns against titanic aspirations that exceed one's power. A precipitous fall would follow.

用九:见群龙无首,吉。

When all the lines are nines, it means:

There appears a flight of dragons without heads. Good fortune.



When all the lines are nines, it means that the whole hexagram is in motion and changes into the hexagram Kun, the Receptive, whose character is devotion. The strength of the Creative and the mildness of the Receptive unite. Strength is indicated by the flight of dragons, mildness by the fact that their heads are hidden. This means that mildness in action joined to strength of decision brings good fortune.


the yellow circle is indicating this line as the governing ruler of the hexagram
九五:飞龙在天,利见大人。

Nine in the fifth place means:

Flying dragon in the heavens.
It furthers one to see the great man.



Here the great man has attained the sphere of the heavenly beings. His influence spreads and becomes visible throughout the whole world. Everyone who sees him may count himself blessed. Confucius says about this line:
Things that accord in tone vibrate together. Things that have affinity in their inmost natures seek one another. Water flows to what is wet, fire turns to what is dry. Clouds (the breath of heaven) follow the dragon, wind (the breath of earth) follows the tiger. Thus the sage arises, and all creatures follow him with their eyes. What is born of heaven feels related to what is above. What is born of earth feels related to what is below. Each follows its kind.


九四:或跃在渊,无咎。

Nine in the fourth place means:

Wavering flight over the depths. No blame.



A place of transition has been reached, and free choice can enter in. A twofold possibility is presented to the great man: he can soar to the heights and play an important part in the world, or he can withdraw into solitude and develop himself. He can go the way of the hero or that of the holy sage who seeks seclusion. There is no general law of his being. If the individual acts consistently and is true to himself, he will find the way that is appropriate for him. This way is right for him and without blame.


九三:君子终日乾乾,夕惕若,厉,无咎。

Nine in the third place means:

All day long the superior man is creatively active.
At nightfall his mind is still beset with cares.
Danger. No blame.



A sphere of influence opens up for the great man. His fame begins to spread. The masses flock to him. His inner power is adequate to the increased outer activity. There are all sorts of things to be done, and when others are at rest in the evening, plans and anxieties press in upon him. But danger lurks here at the place of transition from lowliness to the heights. Many a great man has been ruined because the masses flocked to him and swept him into their course. Ambition has destroyed his integrity. However, true greatness is not impaired by temptations. He who remains in touch with the time that is dawning, and with its demands is prudent enough to avoid all pitfalls, and remains blameless.


九二:见龙在田,利见大人。

Nine in the second place means:

Dragon appearing in the field.
It furthers one to see the great man.



Here the effects of the light-giving power begin to manifest themselves. In terms of human affairs, this means that the great man makes his appearance in his chosen field of activity. As yet he has no commanding position but is still with his peers. However, what distinguishes him form the others is his seriousness of purpose, his unqualified reliability, and the influence he exerts on his environment with out conscious effort. Such a man is destined to gain great influence and to set the world in order. Therefore it is favorable to see him.


初九:潜龙,勿用。

Nine at the beginning means:

Hidden dragon. Do not act.



In China the dragon has a meaning altogether different from that given it in the Western world. The dragon is a symbol of the electrically charged, dynamic, arousing force that manifests itself in the thunderstorm. In winter this energy withdraws into the earth; in the early summer it becomes active again, appearing in the sky as thunder and lightning. As a result the creative forces on earth begin to stir again.
Here this creative force is still hidden beneath the earth and therefore has no effect. In terms of human affairs, this symbolizes a great man who is still unrecognized. Nonetheless he remains true to himself. He does not allow himself to be influenced by outward success or failure, but confident in his strength, he bides his time.
Hence it is wise for the man who consults the oracle and draws this line to wait in the calm strength of patience. The time will fulfill itself. One need not fear least strong will should not prevail; the main thing is not to expend one's powers prematurely in an attempt to obtain by force something for which the time is not yet ripe.