Hexagram 16 — Yu, Enthusiasm

16. Yu - Enthusiasm
Above (in front): Chên - The Arousing (Thunder)
Below (behind): K'un - The Receptive (Earth)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Enthusiasm. It furthers one to install helpers
And to set armies marching.

The Image for the Current Situation

Thunder comes resounding out of the earth:
The image of Enthusiasm.
Thus the ancient kings made music
In order to honor merit,
And offered it with splendor
To the Supreme Deity,
Inviting their ancestors to be present.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Deluded enthusiasm.
But if after completion one changes,
There is no blame.

Fifth line:
Persistently ill, and still does not die.

Fourth line:
The source of enthusiasm.
He achieves great things.
Doubt not.
You gather friends around you
As a hair clasp gathers the hair.

Third line:
Enthusiasm that looks upward creates remorse.
Hesitation brings remorse.

Second line:
Firm as a rock. Not a whole day.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

Bottom line:
Enthusiasm that expresses itself
Brings misfortune.