Hexagram 64 — Wei Chi, Before Completion

64. Wei Chi - Before Completion
Above (in front): Li - The Clinging (Fire)
Below (behind): K'an - The Abysmal (Water)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

Before Completion. Success.
But if the little fox, after nearly completing the crossing,
Gets his tail in the water,
There is nothing that would further.

The Image for the Current Situation

Fire over water:
The image of the condition before transition.
Thus the superior man is careful
In the differentiation of things,
So that each finds its place.

The Lines

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

Top line:

There is drinking of wine
In genuine confidence. No blame.
But if one wets his head,
He loses it, in truth.

Fifth line:
Perseverance brings good fortune.
No remorse.
The light of the superior man is true.
Good fortune.

Fourth line:
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Remorse disappears.
Shock, thus to discipline the Devil's Country.
For three years, great realms are awarded.

Third line:
Before completion, attack brings misfortune.
It furthers one to cross the great water.

Second line:
He brakes his wheels.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

Bottom line:
He gets his tail in the water.