Hexagram 9 — Hsiao Ch'u, The Taming Power of the Small

9. Hsiao Ch'u - The Taming Power of the Small
Above (in front): Sun - The Gentle (Wind)
Below (behind): Ch'ien - The Creative (Heaven)

The Judgement for the Current Situation

The Taming Power of the Small
Has success.
Dense clouds, no rain from our western region.

The Image for the Current Situation

The wind drives across heaven:
The image of The Taming Power of the Small.
Thus the superior man
Refines the outward aspect of his nature.

The Lines

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

Top line:

The rain comes, there is rest.
This is due to the lasting affect of character.
Perseverance brings the woman into danger.
The moon is nearly full.
If the superior man persists,
Misfortune comes.

Fifth line:
If you are sincere and loyally attached,
You are rich in your neighbor.

Fourth line:
If you are sincere, blood vanishes and fear gives way.
No blame.

Third line:
The spokes burst out of the wagon wheel.
Man and wife roll their eyes.

Second line:
He allows himself to be drawn into returning.
Good fortune.

Bottom line:
Return to the way.
How could there be blame in this?
Good fortune.