Hexagram 7 — Shih, The Army

7. Shih - The Army
Above (in front): K'an - The Abysmal (Water)
Below (behind): K'un - The Receptive (Earth)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

The Army. The army needs perseverance
And a strong man.
Good fortune without blame.

The Image for the Current Situation

In the middle of the earth is water:
The image of The Army.
Thus the superior man increases his masses
By generosity toward the people.

The Lines

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

Top line:

The great prince issues commands,
Founds states, vests families with fiefs.
Inferior people should not be employed.

Fifth line:
There is game in the field.
It furthers one to catch it.
Without blame.
Let the eldest lead the army.
The younger transports corpses;
Then perseverance brings misfortune.

Fourth line:
The army retreats. No blame.

Third line:
Perchance the army carries corpses in the wagon.

Second line:
In the midst of the army.
Good fortune. No blame.
The king bestows a triple decoration.

Bottom line:
An army must set forth in proper order.
If the order is not good, misfortune threatens.