I-Ching Hexagram 46 – Sheng – Pushing Upward

Hexagram-46-ShengThe trigram above: K’UN – the Receptive, Earth
The trigram below: Sun – the Gentle, Wind, Wood

General: Everything must come to pass in its own time at its own speed.

Love: Patience and quiet nurturing will help your relationship to prosper.

Business: Focus on the success of your business to help the anticipated rewards come about.

Personal: Keep working on your plans and maintain confidence in their success.

The lower trigram, Sun, represents wood, and the upper, K’un, means the earth. Linked with this is the idea that wood in the earth grows upward. In contrast to the meaning of Chin, Progress (35), this pushing upward is associated with effort, just as a plant needs energy for pushing upward through the earth. That is why this hexagram, although it is connected with success, is associated with effort of the will. In PROGRESS the emphasis is on expansion; PUSHING UPWARD indicates rather a vertical ascent – direct rise from obscurity and lowliness to power and influence.

The pushing upward of the good elements encounters no obstruction and is therefore accompanied by great success. The pushing upward is made possible not by violence but by modesty and adaptability. Since the individual is borne along by the propitiousness of the time, he advances. He must got to see authoritative people. He need not be afraid to do this, because success is assured. But he must set to work, for activity (this is the meaning of “the south”) brings good fortune.

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