I-Ching Hexagram 15 – Ch’ien – Modesty

Hexagram-15-ChienThe trigram above – K’UN – the Receptive, Earth
The trigram below – KEN – Keeping Still, Mountain

General: Arrogance is the mortal enemy of true greatness.

Love: Help draw your partner out of their shell.

Business: Do not overlook the quiet achiever in your business. Whether this is a member of staff or an account.

Personal: Don’t take things at face value – learn to look beneath the surface.

This hexagram is made up of the trigrams Ken, keeping Still, mountain, and K’un. The mountain is the youngest son of the Creative, the representative of heaven on earth. It dispenses the blessings of heaven, the clouds and rain that gather round its summit, and thereafter shines forth radiant with heavenly light. This shows what modesty is and how it functions in great and strong men. K’un, the earth, stands above.

Lowliness is a quality of the earth: this is the very reason why it appears in this hexagram as exalted, by being placed above the mountain. This shows how modesty functions in lowly, simple people: they are lifted up by it.

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