Hexagram 6 — Sung, Conflict

6. Sung - Conflict
Above (in front): Ch'ien - The Creative (Heaven)
Below (behind): K'an - The Abysmal (Water)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Conflict. You are sincere
And are being obstructed.
A cautious halt halfway brings good fortune.
Going through to the end brings misfortune.
It furthers one to see the great man.
It does not further one to cross the great water.

The Image for the Current Situation

Heaven and water go their opposite ways:
The image of Conflict.
Thus in all his transactions the superior man
Carefully considers the beginning.

The Lines

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

Top line:

Even if by chance a leather belt is bestowed on one,
By the end of morning
It will have been snatched away three times.

Fifth line:
To contend before him
Brings good fortune.

Fourth line:
One cannot engage in conflict.
One turns back and submits to fate,
Changes one's attitude,
And finds peace in perseverance.
Good fortune.

Third line:
To nourish oneself on ancient virtue induces perseverance.
Danger. In the end, good fortune comes.
If by chance you are in the service of a king,
Seek not works.

Second line:
One cannot engage in conflict;
One returns home, gives way.
The people of his town,
Three hundred households,
Remain free of guilt.

Bottom line:
If one does not perpetuate the affair,
There is little gossip.
In the end, good fortune comes.