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I Ching 101.6: The Li Trigram "the Clinging"

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LI(“Fire”) is the opposite design from Kan, composed of One divided line surrounded by two solid lines. It is import to remember, that the Names of the Eight Trigrams are not ordinary Chinese Words. For example, the Word for Fire is “huo” Concepts associated with Li are Illumination and supportiveness. In a Hexagram, is usually has a positive Meaning. Literally, Li Means "The Clinging".

Fu Hsi placed Li in the East, corresponding to the Vernal Equinox. Pagans celebrate Ostara around this Time. There is a feeling of fertility and potential productiveness.

Emperor Yu placed Li in the South, relating to the Element of Fire. This also would Name Li as the second daughter.

Kabbalistically speaking, the closest symbolic match for Li is Tiféret

In Appendix Five of the I Ching, the “Treatise of the Remarks on the Trigrams”, Confucius says,

All things are manifested to one another in Lî. Lî suggests the emblem of fire; of the sun; of lightning; of the second daughter; of buff-coat and helmet; of spear and sword. Referred to humans, it suggests the large belly. It is the trigram of dryness. It suggests the emblem of a turtle; of a crab; of a spiral univalve; of the mussel; and of the tortoise. Referred to trees, it suggests one which is hollow and rotten above.

Let’s return again to Noah’s Ark, shall we? Shem’s wife may have been, according to an Ancient Tradition, Norah, a Hebrew Name Meaning “woman of Honor”, or “woman of Light”. Even though she was the wife of Noah’s second son, she was said to be the first woman to give birth after the Arc landed on Mount Ararat.



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