Hexagram 15 — Ch'ien, Modesty

15. Ch'ien - Modesty
Above (in front): Kên - Keeping Still (Mountain)
Below (behind): K'un - The Receptive (Earth)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Modesty creates success.
The superior man carries things through.

The Image for the Current Situation

Within the earth, a mountain:
The image of Modesty.
Thus the superior man reduces that which is too much,
And augments that which is too little.
He weighs things and makes them equal.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Modesty that comes to expression.
It is favorable to set armies marching
To chastise one's own city and one's country.

Fifth line:
No boasting of wealth before one's neighbor.
It is favorable to attack with force.
Nothing that would not further.

Fourth line:
Nothing that would not further modesty
In movement.

Third line:
A superior man of modesty and merit
Carries things to conclusion.
Good fortune.

Second line:
Modesty that comes to expression.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

Bottom line:
A superior man modest about his modesty
May cross the great water.
Good fortune.