Hexagram 13 — T'ung Jên, Fellowship with Men

13. T'ung Jên - Fellowship with Men
Above (in front): Ch'ien - The Creative (Heaven)
Below (behind): Li - The Clinging (Fire)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Fellowship with Men in the open.
It furthers one to cross the great water.
The perseverance of the superior man furthers.

The Image for the Current Situation

Heaven together with fire:
The image of Fellowship with Men.
Thus the superior man organizes the clans
And makes distinctions between things.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Fellowship with men in the meadow.
No remorse.

Fifth line:
Men bound in fellowship first weep and lament,
But afterward the laugh.
After great struggles they succeed in meeting.

Fourth line:
He climbs up on his wall; he cannot attack.
Good fortune.

Third line:
He hides weapons in the thicket;
He climbs the high hill in front of it.
For three years he does not rise up.

Second line:
Fellowship with men in the clan.

Bottom line:
Fellowship with men at the gate.
No blame.