Hexagram 62 — Hsiao Kuo, Preponderance of the Small

62. Hsiao Kuo - Preponderance of the Small
Above (in front): Chên - The Arousing (Thunder)
Below (behind): Kên - Keeping Still (Mountain)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Preponderance of the Small. Success.
Perseverance furthers.
Small things may be done; great things should not be done.
The flying bird brings the message:
It is not well to strive upward,
It is well to remain below.
Great good fortune.

The Image for the Current Situation

Thunder on the mountain:
The image of Preponderance of the Small.
Thus in his conduct the superior man gives preponderance to reverence.
In bereavement he gives preponderance to grief.
In his expenditures he gives preponderance to thrift.

The Lines

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

Top line:

He passes him by, not meeting him.
The flying bird leaves him.
This means bad luck and injury.

Fifth line:
Dense clouds,
No rain from our western territory.
The prince shoots and hits him who is in the cave.

Fourth line:
No blame. He meets him without passing by.
Going brings danger. One must be on guard.
Do not act. Be constantly persevering.

Third line:
If one is not extremely careful,
Somebody may come up from behind and strike him.

Second line:
She passes by her ancestor
And meets her ancestress.
He does not reach his prince
And meets the official.
No blame.

Bottom line:
The bird meets with misfortune through flying.