Hexagram 19 — Lin, Approach

19. Lin - Approach
Above (in front): Tui - The Joyous (Lake)
Below (behind): K'un - The Receptive (Earth)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Approach has supreme success.
Perseverance furthers.
When the eight month comes,
There will be misfortune.

The Image for the Current Situation

The earth above the lake:
The image of Approach.
Thus the superior man is inexhaustible
In his will to teach,
And without limits
In his tolerance and protection of the people.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Greathearted approach.
Good fortune. No blame.

Fifth line:
Wise approach.
This is right for a great prince.
Good fortune.

Fourth line:
Complete approach.
No blame.

Third line:
Comfortable approach.
Nothing that would not further.
If one is induced to grieve over it,
One becomes free of blame.

Second line:
Joint approach.
Good fortune.
Everything furthers.

Bottom line:
Joint approach.
Perseverance brings good fortune.