I-Ching Hexagram 47 – K’un – Oppression, Exhaustion

Hexagram-47-KunThe trigram above – TUI – the Joyous, Lake
The trigram below – K’AN – the Abysmal, Water

General: Your most valuable asset will be a sense of purpose.

Love: take the time to help rejuvenate your relationship rather than despair over it.

Business: This is not a time to make important business decisions.

Personal: You should focus on rest and recuperation

The lake is above, water below; the lake is empty, dried up [literally “exhausted”]. Exhaustion is expressed in yet another way: at the top, a dark line is holding down two light lines; below, a light line is hemmed in between two dark ones. the upper trigram belongs to the principle of darkness, the lower to the principle of light. Thus everywhere superior men are oppressed and held in restraint by inferior men.

Times of adversity are the reverse of times of success, but they can lead to success if they befall the right man. When a strong man meets with adversity, he remains cheerful despite all danger, and his cheerfulness is the source of later successes; it is that stability which is stronger than fate. he who lets his sprit be broken by exhaustion certainly has no success. But if adversity only bends a man, it creates in him a power to react that is bound in time to manifest itself. No inferior man is capable of this. Only the great man brings about good fortune and remains blameless> It is true that for the time being outward influence is denied him, because his words have no effect. Therefore in times of adversity it is important to be strong within and sparing of words.

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