I-Ching Hexagram 51 – Chen – the Arousing, Shock, Thunder

Hexagram-51-ChenThe trigram above – CHEN – the Arousing, Thunder
The trigram below – CHEN – the Arousing, Thunder

General: Don’t object to the storm that is needed to clear the air. It is a necessity.

Love: Examine your behavior for any destructive habits and rise to the challenge of eradicating them.

Business: If your business is facing an alarming setback you will need to strengthen your resolve to prevail.

Personal: You will become a stronger person by learning to face your fears.

The hexagram Chen 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 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 outer terrors glance off harmlessly.

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