Hexagram 29 — K'an, The Abysmal (Water)

29. K'an - The Abysmal (Water)
Above (in front): K'an - The Abysmal (Water)
Below (behind): K'an - The Abysmal (Water)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

The Abysmal repeated.
If you are sincere, you have success in your heart,
And whatever you do succeeds.

The Image for the Current Situation

Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches it goal:
The image of the Abysmal repeated.
Thus the superior man walks in lasting virtue
And carries on the business of teaching.

The Lines

Please remember: I Ching lines are counted upwards (starting at the bottom line)!

Top line:

Bound with cords and ropes,
Shut in between thorn-hedged prison walls:
For three years one does not find the way.

Fifth line:
The abyss is not filled to overflowing,
It is filled only to the rim.
No blame.

Fourth line:
A jug of wine, a bowl of rice with it;
Earthen vessels
Simply handed in through the window.
There is certainly no blame in this.

Third line:
Forward and backward, abyss on abyss.
In danger like this, pause at first and wait,
Otherwise you will fall into a pit in the abyss.
Do not act in this way.

Second line:
The abyss is dangerous.
One should strive to attain small things only.

Bottom line:
Repetition of the Abysmal.
In the abyss one falls into a pit.