The trigram above – K’AN – the Abysmal, Water
The trigram below – KEN – Keeping Still, Mountain
General: If outward progress is currently impossible then concentrate on cultivation your inner strengths.
Love: It will be necessary to go within to look for clues to building a relationship if love has gone sour.
Business: Do not blame others for current business problems. Instead, consult them for ideas and support in overcoming the issues.
Personal: This is only a temporary setback. Don’t start to feel sorry for yourself. It is not constructive.
The hexagram pictures a dangerous abyss lying before us and a steep, inaccessible mountain rising behind us. We are surrounded by obstacles; at the same time, since the mountain has the attribute of keeping still, there is implicit a hint as to how we can extricate ourselves. The hexagram represents obstructions that appear in the course of time but that can and should be overcome. Therefore all the instruction given is directed to overcoming them.
The southwest is the region of retreat, the northeast that of advance. Here an individual is confronted by obstacles that cannot be overcome directly. In such a situation it s wise to pause in view of the danger and to retreat. However, this is merely a preparation for overcoming the obstructions. One must join forces with friends of like mind and put himself under the leadership of a man equal to the situation: then one will succeed in removing the obstacles.
This requires the will to persevere just when one apparently must do something that leads away from his goal. This unswerving inner purpose brings good fortune in the end. An obstruction that lasts only for a time is useful for self-development. This is the value of adversity.