Hexagram 5 — Hsu, Waiting (Nourishment)

5. Hsu - Waiting (Nourishment)
Above (in front): K'an - The Abysmal (Water)
Below (behind): Ch'ien - The Creative (Heaven)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Waiting. If you are sincere,
You have light and success.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
It furthers one to cross the great water.

The Image for the Current Situation

Clouds rise up to heaven:
The image of Waiting.
Thus the superior man eats and drinks,
Is joyous and of good cheer.

The Lines

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

Top line:

One falls into the pit.
Three uninvited guests arrive.
Honor them, and in the end there will be good fortune.

Fifth line:
Waiting at meat and drink.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

Fourth line:
Waiting in blood.
Get out of the pit.

Third line:
Waiting in the mud
Brings about the arrival of the enemy.

Second line:
Waiting on the sand.
There is some gossip.
The end brings good fortune.

Bottom line:
Waiting in the meadow.
It furthers one to abide in what endures.
No blame.