Hexagram 3 — Chun, Difficulty at the Beginning

3. Chun - Difficulty at the Beginning
Above (in front): K'an - The Abysmal (Water)
Below (behind): Chên - The Arousing (Thunder)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Difficulty at the Beginning works supreme success,
Furthering through perseverance.
Nothing should be undertaken.
It furthers one to appoint helpers.

The Image for the Current Situation

Clouds and thunder:
The image of Difficulty at the Beginning.
Thus the superior man
Brings order out of confusion.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Horse and wagon part.
Bloody tears flow.

Fifth line:
Difficulties in blessing.
A little perseverance brings good fortune.
Great perseverance brings misfortune.

Fourth line:
Horse and wagon part.
Strive for union.
To go on brings good fortune.
Everything acts to further.

Third line:
Whoever hunts deer without the forester
Only loses his way in the forest.
The superior man understands the signs of the time
And prefers to desist.
To go on brings humiliation.

Second line:
Difficulties pile up.
Horse and wagon part.
He is not a robber;
He wants to woo when the time comes.
The maiden is chaste,
She does not pledge herself.
Ten years--then she pledges herself.

Bottom line:
Hesitation and hindrance.
It furthers one to remain persevering.
It furthers one to appoint helpers.