Hexagram 23 — Po, Splitting Apart

23. Po - Splitting Apart
Above (in front): Kên - Keeping Still (Mountain)
Below (behind): K'un - The Receptive (Earth)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Splitting Apart. It does not further one
To go anywhere.

The Image for the Current Situation

The mountain rests upon the earth:
The image of Splitting Apart.
Thus those above can insure their position
Only by giving generously to those below.

The Lines

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

Top line:

There is a large fruit still uneaten.
The superior man receives a carriage.
The house of the inferior man is split apart.

Fifth line:
A shoal of fishes. Favor comes through the court ladies.
Everything acts to further.

Fourth line:
The bed is split up to the skin.

Third line:
He splits with them. No blame.

Second line:
The bed is split at the edge.
Those who persevere are destroyed.

Bottom line:
The leg of the bed is split.
Those who persevere are destroyed.