Hexagram 24 — Fu, Return (The Turning Point)

24. Fu - Return (The Turning Point)
Above (in front): Chên - The Arousing (Thunder)
Below (behind): K'un - The Receptive (Earth)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Return. Success.
Going out and coming in without error.
Friends come without blame.
To and Fro goes the way.
On the seventh day comes return.
It furthers one to have somewhere to go.

The Image for the Current Situation

Thunder within the earth:
The image of The Turning Point.
Thus the kings of antiquity closed the passes
At the time of solstice.
Merchants and strangers did not go about,
And the ruler
Did not travel through the provinces.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Missing the return. Misfortune.
Misfortune from within and without.
If armies are set marching in this way,
One will in the end suffer a great defeat,
Disastrous for the ruler of the country.
For ten years
It will not be possible to attack again.

Fifth line:
Noblehearted return.
No remorse.

Fourth line:
Walking in the midst of others,
One returns alone.

Third line:
Repeated return. Danger. No blame.

Second line:
Quiet return. Good fortune.

Bottom line:
Return from a short distance.
No need for remorse.
Great good fortune.