I-Ching Hexagram 58 – Tui – The Joyous, Lake

Hexagram-58-TuiThe trigram above – TUI – the Joyous, Lake
The trigram below – TUI – the Joyous, Lake

General: Nothing inspires human spirit more than bliss.

Love: You will experience great joy in your relationship.

Business: All things are possible at this time so do not be afraid to capitalize on your success.

Personal: Enjoy the feeling of bliss in your life and use it as inspiration to advance.

This hexagram, like Sun, is one of the eight formed by doubling of a trigram. The trigram Tui denotes the youngest daughter; it is symbolized by the smiling lake, and its attribute is joyousness. Contrary to appearances, it is not the yielding quality of the top line that accounts for joy here. The attribute of the yielding or dark principle is not joy but melancholy. However, joy is indicated by the fact that there are two strong lines within, expressing themselves through the medium of gentleness.

True joy, therefore, rests on firmness and strength within, manifesting itself outwardly as yielding and gentle.

The joyous mood is infectious and therefore brings success. But joy must be based on steadfastness if it is not to degenerate into uncontrolled mirth. Truth and strength must dwell in the heart, while gentleness reveals itself in social intercourse. In this way, one assumes the right attitude toward God and man and achieves something. under certain conditions, intimidation without gentleness may achieve something momentarily, but not for all time.

When, on the other hand, the hearts of men are won by friendliness, they are led to take all hardships upon themselves willingly, and if need be will not shun death itself, so great is the power of joy over men.

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