Hexagram 36 — Ming I, Darkening of the Light

36. Ming I - Darkening of the Light
Above (in front): Li - The Clinging (Fire)
Below (behind): K'un - The Receptive (Earth)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Darkening of the Light. In adversity
It furthers one to be persevering.

The Image for the Current Situation

The light has sunk into the earth:
The image of Darkening of the Light.
Thus does the superior man live with the great mass:
He veils his light, yet still shines.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Not light but darkness.
First he climbed up to heaven,
Then he plunged into the depths of the earth.

Fifth line:
Darkening of the light as with Prince Chi.
Perseverance furthers.

Fourth line:
He penetrates the left side of the belly.
One gets at the very heart of the darkening of the light,
And leaves gate and courtyard.

Third line:
Darkening of the light during the hunt in the south.
Their great leader is captured.
One must not expect perseverance too soon.

Second line:
Darkening of the light injures him in the left thigh.
He gives aid with the strength of a horse.
Good fortune.

Bottom line:
Darkening of the light during flight.
He lowers his wings.
The superior man does not eat for three days
On his wanderings.
But he has somewhere to go.
The host has occasion to gossip about him.