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I Ching 101.3: Introduction to Hexagram Number Three: Beginnings

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The Third Hexagram, Chun, simply Means “Beginnings”. It is the First to be composed of Two different Trigrams, The Abyss over the Awakening. Chun relates to the Twelfth Month, around January. This Hexagram is said to be ruled by water.

THE ORDERLY SEQUENCE OF THE GUA

The Ten Thousand Things fill up the space between Heaven and Earth. Hence Chien and Kun are followed by Chun, which denotes filling up.

Lao Tze appears to quote this in Chapter Forty-Two of the Tao Te Chins.

THE JUDGMENT

Beginnings works magnificent success, advancing through perseverance. It is favorable to be steadfast and upright. Be like a tiny sprout. Nothing serious should be undertaken. It advances one to appoint helpers.

Take it easy, don’t rush, and don’t be afraid to ask for help seems to be the Main Message, here.

THE IMAGE

Clouds and thunder fill the Heavens: The image of The Beginning. Thus the Sage brings Order from Chaos.

Water over Thunder brings to Mind Rain.

THE LINES

°Nine at the beginning Means: Hesitation is what has caused hindrance. It advances one to remain persevering, to remain correct and firm, and to one to appoint helpers.

This line is said to be the Ruler of the Hexagram. Take action with assistance.

Six in the second place Means: Difficulties pile up. The chariot has been delayed. He is not a robber; He wants to be a suitor. The maiden is chaste and correct, and declines the union. In Ten Years she will marry, and have children.

The interaction between this man and woman indicates a Time of misunderstandings, false impressions, and waiting until the Moment is right.

Six in the third place Means: Whoever hunts deer without the forester only loses his way in the forest. The Sage understood the Signs of the Time, and told him to stop. To go on would bring humiliation.

At this point, the man was acting, at First, without an advisor, and then he was told to desist.

Six in the fourth place Means: The chariot must retreat. It is Time to strive for union. She seeks the help of him who seeks to be her suitor. Advance will be fortunate; everything is favorable to proceeding.

Here the Maiden is the one in need of help. She has either changed her Mind, or waited the Ten Years. This indicates a Time to work with a partner.

Nine in the fifth place Means: There were difficulties encountered in receiving a Blessing. A little perseverance brings good fortune. Great perseverance brings misfortune.

We must assume that there was some kind of delay in proceeding with the marriage.

The indication of this line is that success can be achieved only by taking small steps.

Six at the top Means: The chariot is now retreating. She weeps tears of blood.

Apparently the Marriage could not take place. As often happens in the I Ching, if the top line is changing, the influence is waning. In this case, the Omen is not very good. It may simply be Time to change plans.

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