Hexagram 21 — Shih Ho, Biting Through

21. Shih Ho - Biting Through
Above (in front): Li - The Clinging (Fire)
Below (behind): Chên - The Arousing (Thunder)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Biting Through has success.
It is favorable to let justice be administered.

The Image for the Current Situation

Thunder and lightning:
The image of Biting Through.
Thus the kings of former times made firm the laws
Through clearly defined penalties.

The Lines

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

Top line:

His neck is fastened in the wooden cangue,
So that his ears disappear.

Fifth line:
Bites on dried lean meat.
Receives yellow gold.
Perseveringly aware of danger.
No blame.

Fourth line:
Bites on dried gristly meat.
Receives metal arrows.
It furthers one to be mindful of difficulties
And to be persevering.
Good fortune.

Third line:
Bites on old dried meat
And strikes on something poisonous.
Slight humiliation. No blame.

Second line:
Bites through tender meat,
So that his nose disappears.
No blame.

Bottom line:
His feet are fastened in the stocks,
So that his toes disappear.
No blame.