I-Ching Hexagram 44 – Kou – Coming to Meet

Hexagram-44-KouThe trigram above – CH’IEN – The Creative, Heaven
The trigram below – SUN – the Gentle, Wind

General: Pernicious influences must be resisted the moment you become aware of them.

Love: Do not allow harmful influences to affect your relationship.

Business: Protect your business from corruption and unethical practices. Great harm will result if you do not.

Personal: Unscrupulous and immoral people should be avoided.

This hexagram indicates a situation in which the principle of darkness, after having been eliminated, furtively and unexpectedly obtrudes again from within and below. Of its own accord the female principle comes to meet the male. it is an unfavorable and dangerous situation, and we must understand and promptly prevent the possible consequences.

The hexagram is linked with the fifth month (June – July), because at the summer solstice the principle of darkness gradually becomes ascendant again.

The rise of the inferior element is pictured here in the image of a bold girl who lightly surrenders herself and thus seizes power. This wold not be possible if the strong and light-giving element had not in turn come halfway. The inferior thing seems so harmless and inviting that a man delights in it; it looks so small and weak that he imagines he may dally with it and come to no harm.

The inferior man rises only because the superior man does not regard him as dangerous and so lends him power. If he were resisted from the first, he could never gain influence.

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