Hexagram 10 — Lu, Treading (Conduct)

10. Lu - Treading (Conduct)
Above (in front): Ch'ien - The Creative (Heaven)
Below (behind): Tui - The Joyous (Lake)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Treading. Treading upon the tail of the tiger.
It does not bite the man. Success.

The Image for the Current Situation

Heaven above, the lake below:
The image of Treading.
Thus the superior man discriminates between high and low,
And thereby fortifies the thinking of the people.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Look to your conduct and weigh the favorable signs.
When everything is fulfilled, supreme good fortune comes.

Fifth line:
Resolute conduct.
Perseverance with awareness of danger.

Fourth line:
He treads on the tail of the tiger.
Caution and circumspection
Lead ultimately to good fortune.

Third line:
A one-eyed man is able to see,
A lame man is able to tread.
He treads on the tail of the tiger.
The tiger bites the man.
Thus does a warrior act on behalf of his great prince.

Second line:
Treading a smooth, level course.
The perseverance of a dark man
Brings good fortune.

Bottom line:
Simple conduct. Progress without blame.