Hexagram 54 — Kuei Mei, The Marrying Maiden

54. Kuei Mei - The Marrying Maiden
Above (in front): Chên - The Arousing (Thunder)
Below (behind): Tui - The Joyous (Lake)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

The Marrying Maiden.
Undertakings bring misfortune.
Nothing that would further.

The Image for the Current Situation

Thunder over the lake:
The image of The Marrying Maiden.
Thus the superior man
Understands the transitory
In the light of the eternity of the end.

The Lines

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

Top line:

The woman holds the basket, but there are no fruits in it.
The man stabs the sheep, but no blood flows.
Nothing that acts to further.

Fifth line:
The sovereign I gave his daughter in marriage.
The embroidered garments of the princess
Were not as gorgeous
As those of the servingmaid.
The moon that is nearly full
Brings good fortune.

Fourth line:
The marrying maiden draws out the allotted time.
A late marriage comes in due course.

Third line:
The marrying maiden as a slave.
She marries as a concubine.

Second line:
A one-eyed man who is able to see.
The perseverance of a solitary man furthers.

Bottom line:
The marrying maiden as a concubine.
A lame man who is able to tread.
Undertakings bring good fortune.