Hexagram 2 — K'un, The Receptive

2. K'un - The Receptive
Above (in front): K'un - The Receptive (Earth)
Below (behind): K'un - The Receptive (Earth)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

The Receptive brings about sublime success,
Furthering through the perseverance of a mare.
If the superior man undertakes something and tries to lead,
He goes astray;
But if he follows, he finds guidance.
It is favorable to find friends in the west and south,
To forego friends in the east and north.
Quiet perseverance brings good fortune.

The Image for the Current Situation

The earth's condition is receptive devotion.
Thus the superior man who has breadth of character
Carries the outer world.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Dragons fight in the meadow.
Their blood is black and yellow.
When all the lines Change, it means:

Fifth line:
A yellow lower garment brings supreme good fortune.

Fourth line:
A tied-up sack. No blame, no praise.

Third line:
Hidden lines.
One is able to remain persevering.
If by chance you are in the service of a king,
Seek not works, but bring to completion.

Second line:
Straight, square, great.
Without purpose,
Yet nothing remains unfurthered.

Bottom line:
When there is hoarfrost underfoot,
Solid ice is not far off.