I-Ching Hexagram 31 – Hsien – Influence

Hexagram-31-HsienThe trigram above – TUI – The Joyous, Lake
The trigram below – KEN – Keeping Still, Mountain

General: Success is assured when attraction is strengthened by mutual respect and support.

Love: If your partner has shared and complementary qualities then you are well matched.

Business: Seek a partner or partnership that complements your own strengths.

Personal: Cultivate respect and honor toward those around you.

The name of the hexagram means “universal,” “general,” and in a figurative sense “to influence,” “to stimulate.” The upper trigram is Tui, the Joyous; the lower is Ken, Keeping Still. By its persistent, quiet influence, the lower, rigid trigram stimulates the upper, weak trigram, which responds to the stimulation cheerfully and joyously. Ken, the lower trigram, is the youngest son; the upper, Tui, is the youngest daughter Thus the universal mutual attractioin between the sexes is represented. In courtship, the masculine principle must seize the initiative and place itself below the feminine principle.

Just as the first part of book I begins with the hexagrams of heaven and earth, the foundations of all that exists, the second part begins with the hexagrams of courtship and marriage, the foundations of all social relationships.


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