56 always seemed to me an unclear hexagram.. fire on the top of mountain doesn’t light very far.. it works mostly so that someone is to be. Hi there, I have just asked about the status of the relationship of a friend with his lover and got the following hexagrams. Radiance The hexagram means a peak experience. It describes the wandering of a cyclic motion from the stability of its centre to an extreme of its ambit. Extreme.

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Please select the chapter or hexagram below! Transition means that small attainments are possible. If the traveling stranger is firm and correct, there will be good fortune. Perseverance brings good fortune to the wanderer. The Traveler — success in small matters. Persistence with regard to traveling brings good fortune. To continue leads to hsxagrama fortune. It emphasizes that mingling with others as a stranger whose identity comes from a distant center is the adequate way to handle it Traveling; determination is auspicious.

Travel is developmental when small; if travel is correct, it leads to good hexagraa. Travel has a little success. Travel is auspicious if correct. Traveling indicates small pervasion. Perseverance will bring auspiciousness. A fire on the mountain — the image of Transition.

The superior man exerts cautious wisdom in his punishments, and does not permit prolonged litigation. Fire on the mountain: Thus the superior man hexaframa clear-minded and cautious in imposing penalties, and protracts no lawsuits.

This hexagram symbolizes fire upon a mountain. The Superior Man employs wise caution in administering punishments and does not suffer the hexagarma brought before him to be delayed. Fire over the mountain symbolizes the Exile. The superior man is careful and clever hexagramq imposing punishments, and does not delay the cases brought.

Above mountain possessing fire. A chun tzu uses brightening consideration to avail-of punishing and-also not to detain litigating. There is fire atop a mountain, transient. Thus superior people apply punishments with understanding and prudence, and do not keep people imprisoned.

Fire on a mountain — traveling. There is fire on the mountain; this is Traveling.

I Ching Hexagram #56:

Thus the jun zi exercises the utmost deliberations in exacting punishments such that prisoners will not be detained without cause. Transition indicates that there may be some small attainment and progress — the magnetic line occupies the central place in the upper trigram, and is obedient to the dynamic lines above and below it. We also have the attributes of Keeping Still connected with Intelligence in the lower and upper trigrams.

Hence it is said that there may be some small attainment and progress. If the traveling stranger is firm and correct as he ought to be, there will be good fortune.

Love Interpretation of I-Ching Hexagram #56 –

Great is the time and great is hexagraka right course to be taken under these circumstances! The written Chinese character for this hexagram denotes people traveling abroad, and is often translated as Strangers. The figure addresses itself to traveling strangers, and tells them how they ought to comport themselves through the cultivation of humility and firm correctness.


By means of these they would escape harm, and make progress. The status of traveling stranger is seen hhexagrama too low to expect great things of them.

It is assumed that the wanderer is in the position of the fifth line. The ideas of humility, docility, calmness and intelligence are derived from the attributes of the component trigrams. These are all characteristics which are proper to a stranger, and are likely to lead to advancement and attainment of his desires.

Concerning the Image, K’ung Ying-ta comments: During a Transition, keep your willpower great and your expectations small. The Superior Man sees clearly and does not embroil himself in complexity.

He is clear-minded and cautious in judging the truth of the situation, maintaining detachment from the social milieu. Wilhelm’s translation of the title of this hexagram is The Wanderer. A wanderer is one who has no home, or who is between one home and another. This reminds us of the gnostic notion of the “Alien”: The alien is that which stems from elsewhere and does not belong here The stranger who does not know the ways of the foreign land wanders about lost; if he learns its ways too well, he forgets that he is a stranger and gets lost in a different sense by succumbing to the lure of the alien world and becoming estranged to his own origin The recollection of his own alienness, the recognition of his place of exile for what it is, is the first step back; the awakened homesickness is the beginning of the return.

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In the broadest interpretation then, the message in the Judgment: We are strangers in this world, and the body is the tomb of the soul, and yet we must not seek to escape by self- murder; for we are the chattels of God who is our herdsman, and without his command we have no right to make our escape. In more specific situations, the hexagram symbolizes a transitional phase. Lines two, three and four all depict “Inns” or temporary resting places commonly experienced in dreams as images of hotels or motels.

The symbolism is identical: By definition, a transition is fluid and not hexagarma fixed. Depending upon the choices made, one can go in different directions. In terms of consciousness, it is obvious that the transition can be from a lower state of awareness to a higher one, or vice-versa.

Because a transition is an opportunity for deliberate choice-making, the Confucian commentary concludes with: Lines one, three and six depict very negative situations involving ignorant, arrogant choices. We think of the ego blindly pushing the river of its desires, unable to see the unfortunate consequences it thereby engenders. Line two suggests a solid resting place during our journey, while line four depicts a tenuous, though not necessarily incorrect, similar situation. The fifth line counsels a kind of sacrifice to the ruler the Self which results in an eventual reward.


The message is to let the Self guide you hexaagrama a Transition. Hexagram number fifty-six 65 the reverse of hexagram number fifty-five. Compare the role of the superior man in the Image of each figure. How are they the same? How are they different? What are the differences and similarities of the component trigrams of each hexagram, and how do they affect their respective meanings? Small attainments are possible if the Alien keeps a clear head and maintains his self-discipline.

The initiated Adept is intelligent, discreet, and displays vigilant wisdom: Implicit is that this experience is preparation for the bodhisattva vow. The first line, magnetic, shows the stranger mean and meanly occupied.

I Ching Hexagram 56 – Lu (The Wanderer) | Cafe au Soul

It is thus that she brings on herself further calamity. If the wanderer busies himself with trivial things, he draws down misfortune upon himself. Trifling with unimportant matters, the traveler hexxagrama upon himself calamity. If the exile dallies with petty matters, he will draw disaster on himself.

Splitting-off one’s place, grasping bexagrama. Her aim has become of the lowest character, and calamity will ensue. Thereby his will is spent, and this is a misfortune.

The calamity attendant upon having no will of our own. Purpose exhausted, calamity indeed. The misfortune of frustration. His small-mindedness causes poor reception. Gexagrama one is magnetic in a dynamic place at the bottom of the hexagram, thus the unfavorable auspice.

The meanness of the first line doesn’t arise from the nature of her occupation, but from her mind and aim being emptied of all that is good and ennobling. At the outset, the newcomer in a lowly position is occupying himself with disgraceful machinations. His aspirations invite troubles. Do not assume a demeaning role in the general situation. Do not pay attention to trivial matters. This is not a way to gain entry into a group or situation.

Maintain a dignified attitude about yexagrama. Through self-abasement you will only invite ridicule.

Legge’s “Mean” is rendered by the other translators as: Implied is loss of purpose and hence of being unclear or ignorant of the situation at hand. All men, from birth onward, live more by sensation than by thought, forced as they are by necessity to give heed to sense impressions. Some stay in the sensate their whole life long. hexagrwma