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Table 1,

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Table 2,

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









51. Zhen

the Arousing (Shock, Thunder)



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上六:震索索,视矍矍,征凶。震不于其躬,于其邻,无咎。婚媾有言。

Six at the top means:

Shock brings ruin and terrified gazing around.
Going ahead brings misfortune.
If it has not yet touched one's own body
But has reached one's neighbor first,
There is no blame.
One's comrades have something to talk about.




When inner shock is at its height, it robs a man of reflection and clarity of vision. In such a state of shock it is of course impossible to act with presence of mind. Then the right thing is to keep still until composure and clarity are restored.
But this a man can do only when he himself is not yet infected by the agitation, although its disastrous effects are already visible in those around him. If he withdraws from the affair in time, he remains free of mistakes and injury. But his comrades, who no longer heed any warning, will in their excitement certainly be displeased with him. However, he must not take this into account.
六五:震往来厉,亿无丧,有事。

Six in the fifth place means:

Shock goes hither and thither.
Danger.
However, nothing at all is lost.
Yet there are things to be done.




This is a case not of a single shock but of repeated shocks with no breathing space between. Nonetheless, the shock causes no loss, because one takes care to stay in the center of movement and in this way to be spared the fate of being helplessly tossed hither and thither.
九四:震遂泥。

Nine in the fourth place means:

Shock is mired.




Movement within the mind depends for its success partly on circumstances. If there is neither a resistance that might be vigorously combated, nor yet a yielding that permits of victory-if, instead, everything is tough and inert like mire-movement is crippled.
六三:震苏苏,震行无眚。

Six in the third place means:

Shock comes and makes one distraught.
If shock spurs to action
One remains free of misfortune.




There are three kinds of shock-the shock of heaven, which is thunder, the shock of fate, and, finally, the shock of the heart. The present hexagram refers less to inner shock than to the shock of fate. In such times of shock, presence of mind is all too easily lost: the individual overlooks all opportunities for action and mutely lets fate take its course. But if he allows the shocks of fate to induce movement within his mind, he will overcome these external blows with little effort.
六二:震来厉,亿丧贝,跻于九陵,勿逐,七日得。

Six in the second place means:

Shock comes bringing danger.
A hundred thousand times
You lose your treasures
And must climb the nine hills.
Do not go in pursuit of them.
After seven days you will get them back again.




This pictures a situation in which a shock endangers a man and he suffers great losses. Resistance would be contrary to the movement of the time and for this reason unsuccessful. Therefore he must simply retreat to heights inaccessible to the threatening forces of danger. He must accept his loss of property without worrying too much about it. When the time of shock and upheaval that has robbed him of his possessions has passed, he will get them back again without going in pursuit of them.
the yellow circle is indicating this line as the governing ruler of the hexagram
初九:震来虩虩,后笑言哑哑,吉。

In het begin een negen betekent:
Nine at the beginning means:

Shock comes: oh, oh!
Then follow laughing words: ha, ha!

Good fortune.




The fear and trembling engendered by shock come to an individual at first in such a way that he sees himself placed at a disadvantage as against others. But this is only transitory. When the ordeal is over, he experiences relief, and thus the very terror he had to endure at the outset brings good fortune in the long run.
the Sign of hexagram the Arousing (Shock, Thunder) Wis:

the primary trigrams:
   above Trigram Zhen , the Arousing, the thunder
   below Trigram Zhen , the Arousing, the thunder

the nuclear trigrams:
   above Trigram Kan , the Abysmal, the water
   below Trigram Gen , Keeping Still, the mountain

the enveloping trigrams:
   above Trigram Zhen , the Arousing, the thunder
   below Trigram Zhen , the Arousing, the thunder

The hexagram Zhen represents the eldest son, who seizes rule with energy and power. A yang line develops below two yin lines and presses upward forcibly. This movement is so violent that it arouses terror. It is symbolized by thunder, which bursts forth from the earth and by its shock causes fear and trembling.

The sequence:
Among the custodians of the sacred vessels, the eldest son stands first. Hence there follows the hexagram of the Arousing. The Arousing means movement.

Miscellaneous notes:
The Arousing means beginning, arising.

This hexagram is one of the eight in which a primary trigram is doubled. It is formed by doubling of the trigram Zhen, which symbolizes the eldest son, the beginning of things in the east—the spring. This is also suggested by the Image, which shows the upward movement of electricity, thunder, making itself heard again in the spring.
the Judgement for hexagram the Arousing (Shock, Thunder) Wis:

震:亨。震来虩虩,笑言哑哑。震惊百里,不丧匕鬯。

Shock brings success.
Shock comes: oh, oh!
Laughing words: ha, ha!
The shock terrifies for a hundred miles,
And he does not let fall the sacrificial spoon and chalice.




The shock that comes from the manifestation of God within the depths of the earth makes man afraid, but this fear of God is good, for joy and merriment can follow upon it. When a man has learned within his heart what fear and trembling mean, he is safeguarded against any terror produced by outside influences. Let the thunder roll and spread terror a hundred miles around: he remains so composed and reverent in spirit that the sacrificial rite is not interrupted. This is the spirit that must animate leaders and rulers of men-a profound inner seriousness from which all terrors glance off harmlessly.

Commentary on the Decision:

震,亨。震来虩虩,恐致福也。笑言哑哑,后有则也。震惊百里,惊远而惧迩也。出可以守宗庙社稷,以为祭主也。

“Shock brings success. Shock comes—oh, oh!” Fear brings good fortune.
“Laughing words—ha, ha!” Afterward one has a rule.
“The shock terrifies for a hundred miles.” If one causes fear far and wide and has concern for what is near by, one may come forth and protect the temple of the ancestors and the altar of the earth, and be the leader of the sacrifice.




“Shock comes—oh, oh”: the exclamatory words mean first a frightened tiger, then a lizard running in fright hither and thither on the wall. Thus the meaning of fear became attached to the two onomatopoeic characters. The fear thus aroused makes one cautious, and caution brings good fortune. “Laughing words—ha, ha”: the words are suggested by the sound of thunder (Chinese: xixi 嘻嘻), which sounds like “ha, ha”. They are a symbol of inner calm in the midst of the storm of outer movement.
“The shock terrifies for a hundred miles”: this is the sound of thunder, which is at the same time the symbol of a mighty ruler (suggested by the idea of the eldest son) who knows how to make himself respected by all those about him, yet is careful and exact in the smallest detail. The concluding sentence also refers to this. The lord of the sacrifices is at the same time the lord of the house or of the realm. In this regard also the eldest son had his special task. The trigram Zhen means the coming forth of God in the spring and also the reawakening of the life force, which stirs again from below.
the Image going with hexagram the Arousing (Shock, Thunder) Wis:

洊雷,震;君子以恐惧修省。

Thunder repeated: the image of Shock.
Thus in fear and trembling
The superior man sets his life in order
And examines himself.




The shock of continuing thunder brings fear and trembling. The superior man is always filled with reverence at the manifestation of God; he sets his life in order and searches his heart, lest it harbor any secret opposition to the will of God. Thus reverence is the foundation of true culture.




the nuclear hexagram:

39. Jian
Obstruction

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the Sign:

the primary trigrams:
   above Trigram Zhen , the Arousing, the thunder
   below Trigram Zhen , the Arousing, the thunder

the nuclear trigrams:
   above Trigram Kan , the Abysmal, the water
   below Trigram Gen , Keeping Still, the mountain

the enveloping trigrams:
   above Trigram Zhen , the Arousing, the thunder
   below Trigram Zhen , the Arousing, the thunder

The hexagram Zhen represents the eldest son, who seizes rule with energy and power. A yang line develops below two yin lines and presses upward forcibly. This movement is so violent that it arouses terror. It is symbolized by thunder, which bursts forth from the earth and by its shock causes fear and trembling.

The sequence:
Among the custodians of the sacred vessels, the eldest son stands first. Hence there follows the hexagram of the Arousing. The Arousing means movement.

Miscellaneous notes:
The Arousing means beginning, arising.

This hexagram is one of the eight in which a primary trigram is doubled. It is formed by doubling of the trigram Zhen, which symbolizes the eldest son, the beginning of things in the east—the spring. This is also suggested by the Image, which shows the upward movement of electricity, thunder, making itself heard again in the spring.


the Judgement:

震:亨。震来虩虩,笑言哑哑。震惊百里,不丧匕鬯。

Shock brings success.
Shock comes: oh, oh!
Laughing words: ha, ha!
The shock terrifies for a hundred miles,
And he does not let fall the sacrificial spoon and chalice.




The shock that comes from the manifestation of God within the depths of the earth makes man afraid, but this fear of God is good, for joy and merriment can follow upon it. When a man has learned within his heart what fear and trembling mean, he is safeguarded against any terror produced by outside influences. Let the thunder roll and spread terror a hundred miles around: he remains so composed and reverent in spirit that the sacrificial rite is not interrupted. This is the spirit that must animate leaders and rulers of men-a profound inner seriousness from which all terrors glance off harmlessly.

Commentary on the Decision:

震,亨。震来虩虩,恐致福也。笑言哑哑,后有则也。震惊百里,惊远而惧迩也。出可以守宗庙社稷,以为祭主也。

“Shock brings success. Shock comes—oh, oh!” Fear brings good fortune.
“Laughing words—ha, ha!” Afterward one has a rule.
“The shock terrifies for a hundred miles.” If one causes fear far and wide and has concern for what is near by, one may come forth and protect the temple of the ancestors and the altar of the earth, and be the leader of the sacrifice.
 



“Shock comes—oh, oh”: the exclamatory words mean first a frightened tiger, then a lizard running in fright hither and thither on the wall. Thus the meaning of fear became attached to the two onomatopoeic characters. The fear thus aroused makes one cautious, and caution brings good fortune. “Laughing words—ha, ha”: the words are suggested by the sound of thunder (Chinese: xixi 嘻嘻), which sounds like “ha, ha”. They are a symbol of inner calm in the midst of the storm of outer movement.
“The shock terrifies for a hundred miles”: this is the sound of thunder, which is at the same time the symbol of a mighty ruler (suggested by the idea of the eldest son) who knows how to make himself respected by all those about him, yet is careful and exact in the smallest detail. The concluding sentence also refers to this. The lord of the sacrifices is at the same time the lord of the house or of the realm. In this regard also the eldest son had his special task. The trigram Zhen means the coming forth of God in the spring and also the reawakening of the life force, which stirs again from below.


the Image:

洊雷,震;君子以恐惧修省。

Thunder repeated: the image of Shock.
Thus in fear and trembling
The superior man sets his life in order
And examines himself.




The shock of continuing thunder brings fear and trembling. The superior man is always filled with reverence at the manifestation of God; he sets his life in order and searches his heart, lest it harbor any secret opposition to the will of God. Thus reverence is the foundation of true culture.


the Lines:


上六:震索索,视矍矍,征凶。震不于其躬,于其邻,无咎。婚媾有言。

Six at the top means:

Shock brings ruin and terrified gazing around.
Going ahead brings misfortune.
If it has not yet touched one's own body
But has reached one's neighbor first,
There is no blame.
One's comrades have something to talk about.




When inner shock is at its height, it robs a man of reflection and clarity of vision. In such a state of shock it is of course impossible to act with presence of mind. Then the right thing is to keep still until composure and clarity are restored.
But this a man can do only when he himself is not yet infected by the agitation, although its disastrous effects are already visible in those around him. If he withdraws from the affair in time, he remains free of mistakes and injury. But his comrades, who no longer heed any warning, will in their excitement certainly be displeased with him. However, he must not take this into account.


六五:震往来厉,亿无丧,有事。

Six in the fifth place means:

Shock goes hither and thither.
Danger.
However, nothing at all is lost.
Yet there are things to be done.




This is a case not of a single shock but of repeated shocks with no breathing space between. Nonetheless, the shock causes no loss, because one takes care to stay in the center of movement and in this way to be spared the fate of being helplessly tossed hither and thither.


九四:震遂泥。

Nine in the fourth place means:

Shock is mired.




Movement within the mind depends for its success partly on circumstances. If there is neither a resistance that might be vigorously combated, nor yet a yielding that permits of victory-if, instead, everything is tough and inert like mire-movement is crippled.


六三:震苏苏,震行无眚。

Six in the third place means:

Shock comes and makes one distraught.
If shock spurs to action
One remains free of misfortune.




There are three kinds of shock-the shock of heaven, which is thunder, the shock of fate, and, finally, the shock of the heart. The present hexagram refers less to inner shock than to the shock of fate. In such times of shock, presence of mind is all too easily lost: the individual overlooks all opportunities for action and mutely lets fate take its course. But if he allows the shocks of fate to induce movement within his mind, he will overcome these external blows with little effort.


六二:震来厉,亿丧贝,跻于九陵,勿逐,七日得。

Six in the second place means:

Shock comes bringing danger.
A hundred thousand times
You lose your treasures
And must climb the nine hills.
Do not go in pursuit of them.
After seven days you will get them back again.




This pictures a situation in which a shock endangers a man and he suffers great losses. Resistance would be contrary to the movement of the time and for this reason unsuccessful. Therefore he must simply retreat to heights inaccessible to the threatening forces of danger. He must accept his loss of property without worrying too much about it. When the time of shock and upheaval that has robbed him of his possessions has passed, he will get them back again without going in pursuit of them.


the yellow circle is indicating this line as the governing ruler of the hexagram
初九:震来虩虩,后笑言哑哑,吉。

In het begin een negen betekent:
Nine at the beginning means:

Shock comes: oh, oh!
Then follow laughing words: ha, ha!

Good fortune.




The fear and trembling engendered by shock come to an individual at first in such a way that he sees himself placed at a disadvantage as against others. But this is only transitory. When the ordeal is over, he experiences relief, and thus the very terror he had to endure at the outset brings good fortune in the long run.