Hexagram 48 — Ching, The Well

48. Ching - The Well
Above (in front): K'an - The Abysmal (Water)
Below (behind): Sun - The Gentle (Wind)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

The Well. The town may be changed,
But the well cannot be changed.
It neither decreases nor increases.
They come and go and draw from the well.
If one gets down almost to the water
And the rope does not go all the way,
Or the jug breaks, it brings misfortune.

The Image for the Current Situation

Water over wood: the image of The Well.
Thus the superior man encourages the people at their work,
And exhorts them to help one another.

The Lines

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

Top line:

One draws from the well
Without hindrance.
It is dependable.
Supreme good fortune.

Fifth line:
In the well there is a clear, cold spring
From which one can drink.

Fourth line:
The well is being lined. No blame.

Third line:
The well is cleaned, but no one drinks from it.
This is my heart's sorrow,
For one might draw from it.
If the king were clear-minded,
Good fortune might be enjoyed in common.

Second line:
At the well hole one shoots fishes.
The jug is broken and leaks.

Bottom line:
One does not drink the mud of the well.
No animals come to an old well.