Hexagram 52 — Kên, Keeping Still, Mountain

52. Kên - Keeping Still, Mountain
Above (in front): Kên - Keeping Still (Mountain)
Below (behind): Kên - Keeping Still (Mountain)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Keeping Still. Keeping his back still
So that he no longer feels his body.
He goes into the courtyard
And does not see his people.
No blame.

The Image for the Current Situation

Mountains standing close together:
The image of Keeping Still.
Thus the superior man
Does not permit his thoughts
To go beyond his situation.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Noblehearted keeping still.
Good fortune.

Fifth line:
Keeping his jaws still.
The words have order.
Remorse disappears.

Fourth line:
Keeping his trunk still.
No blame.

Third line:
Keeping his hips still.
Making his sacrum stiff.
Dangerous. The heart suffocates.

Second line:
Keeping his calves still.
He cannot rescue him whom he follows.
His heart is not glad.

Bottom line:
Keeping his toes still.
No blame.
Continued perseverance furthers.