62. Preponderance of the Small

The Image

Thunder on the mountain.

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 Judgement:

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.

Nine in the third place:

If one is not extremely careful,
somebody may come up from behind and strike him.

The Future: 16. Enthusiasm

Thunder comes resounding out of the earth.

Thus the ancient kings made music in order to honor merit,
And offered it with splendor to the Supreme Deity,
Inviting their ancestors to be present.

It furthers one to install helpers and to set armies marching.

Practically Speaking

One of the joys of the I-Ching (or not) is how all oracles contradict themselves.

The I-Ching is not of an oracular nature; rather, it is of a meditative nature.

What does not apply, should not be applied. One’s own judgement of any given situation must be used.

I am going to be blogging purely about tea, Sherlock Holmes, SF reviews, and you know, my usual Dancing with Psychologists posts.

2 thoughts on “62. Preponderance of the Small

  1. “Perseverance furthers” is my absolute favorite reply when I ask the Book of Changes for an answer. It’s the closest that tactful resource gives to reassurance.


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