Hexagram 40 — Hsieh, Deliverance

40. Hsieh - Deliverance
Above (in front): Chên - The Arousing (Thunder)
Below (behind): K'an - The Abysmal (Water)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Deliverance. The southwest furthers.
If there is no longer anything where one has to go,
Return brings good fortune.
If there is still something where one has to go,
Hastening brings good fortune.

The Image for the Current Situation

Thunder and rain set in:
The image of Deliverance.
Thus the superior man pardons mistakes
And forgives misdeeds.

The Lines

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

Top line:

The prince shoots at a hawk on a high wall.
He kills it. Everything serves to further.

Fifth line:
If only the superior man can deliver himself,
It brings good fortune.
Thus he proves to inferior men that he is in earnest.

Fourth line:
Deliver yourself from your great toe.
Then the companion comes,
And him you can trust.

Third line:
If a man carries a burden on his back
And nontheless rides in a carriage,
He thereby encourages robbers to draw near.
Perseverance leads to humiliation.

Second line:
One kills three foxes in the field
And receives a yellow arrow.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

Bottom line:
Without blame.