|Name: Wheel of Fortune
||Ground: Ch'ien, Sun, Li
Kou / Coming to Meet
Kou / Coming to Meet
Above CH'IEN THE CREATIVE, HEAVEN
Below SUN THE GENTLE, WIND
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.
hexagram is linked with the fifth month [June-July], because at the
summer solstice the principle of darkness gradually becomes ascendant
COMING TO MEET. The maiden is powerful.
One should not marry such a maiden.
rise of the inferior element is pictured here in the image of a bold
girl who lightly surrenders herself and thus seizes power. This would
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.
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.
time of COMING TO MEET is important in still another way. Although as a
general rule the weak should not come to meet the strong, there are
times when this has great significance. When heaven and earth come to
meet each other, all creatures prosper; when a prince and his official
come to meet each other, the world is put in order. It is necessary for
elements predestined to be joined and mutually dependent to come to
meet one another halfway. But the coming together must be free of
dishonest ulterior motives, otherwise harm will result.
Under heaven, wind:
The image of COMING TO MEET.
Thus does the prince act when disseminating his commands
And proclaiming them to the four quarters of heaven.
situation here resembles that in hexagram 20, Kuan, CONTEMPLATION
(VIEW). In the latter the wind blows over the earth, here it blows
under heaven; in both cases it goes everywhere. There the wind is on
the earth and symbolizes the ruler taking note of the conditions in his
kingdom; here the wind blows from above and symbolizes the influence
exercised by the ruler through his commands. Heaven is far from the
things of earth, but it sets them in motion by means of the wind. The
ruler is far form his people, but he sets them in motion by means of
his commands and decrees.