Hexagram 17 — Sui, Following

17. Sui - Following
Above (in front): Tui - The Joyous (Lake)
Below (behind): Chên - The Arousing (Thunder)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Following has supreme success.
Perseverance furthers. No blame.

The Image for the Current Situation

Thunder in the middle of the lake:
The image of Following.
Thus the superior man at nightfall
Goes indoors for rest and recuperation.

The Lines

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

Top line:

He meets with firm allegiance
And is still further bound.
The king introduces him
To the Western Mountain.

Fifth line:
Sincere in the good. Good fortune.

Fourth line:
Following creates success.
Perseverance brings misfortune.
To go one's own way with sincerity brings clarity.
How could there be blame in this?

Third line:
If one clings to the strong man,
One loses the little boy.
Through following one finds what one seeks.
It furthers one to remain persevering.

Second line:
If one clings to the little boy,
One loses the strong man.

Bottom line:
The standard is changing.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
To go out of the door in company
Produces deeds.