The Ta Yu Hexagram 14

I Ching - Great Possessing: Great, Ta (TA YU)

Keywords: Abundant Possessions.
Symbolic of having great possessions.

Li above Ch'ien
Number 14

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King Wan's Explanation of the Ta Yu Hexagram

In Ta Yu the weak line has the place of honor, is grandly central, and the strong lines above and below respond to it. Hence come its name of Ta Yu, having what is great.
The attributes of its component trigrams are strength and vigor with elegance and brightness. The ruling line in it responds to the ruling line in the symbol of heaven, and consequently its action is all at the proper times. In this way it is said to indicate great progress and success.


Ta Yu. Line translations by Dr. James Legge.

Ta Yu indicates that, (under the circumstances which it implies), there will be great progress and success.

The Lines

1. In the first Yang line, undivided, there is no approach to what is injurious, and there is no error. Let there be a realisation of the difficulty (and danger of the position), and there will be no error (to the end).

2. In the second Yang line, undivided, we have a large wagon with its load. In whatever direction advance is made, there will be no error.

3. The third Yang line, undivided, shows us a feudal prince presenting his offerings

4. The fourth Yang line, undivided, shows its subject keeping his great resources under restraint. There will be no error.

5. The fifth Yin line, divided, shows the sincerity of its subject reciprocated by that of all the others (represented in the hexagram). Let him display a proper majesty, and there will be good fortune.

6. The topmost Yang line, undivided, shows its subject with help accorded to him from Heaven. There will be good fortune, advantage in every respect.

Ta Yu. Line translations by the Duke of Kau

The trigram for heaven and that of fire above it form Ta Yu. The superior man, in accordance with this, represses what is evil and gives distinction to what is good, in sympathy with the excellent Heaven-conferred nature.

The Lines

1. The first line, undivided, of Ta Yu shows no approach to what is injurious.

2. A large wagon with its load refers to the virtue accumulated in the subject of the line, so that he will suffer no loss in the conduct of affairs.

3. A feudal prince presents his offerings to the son of Heaven: a small man in such a position does himself harm.

4. He keeps his great resources under restraint: his wisdom discriminates clearly what he ought to do.

5. His sincerity is reciprocated by all the others: his sincerity serves to stir and call out what is in their minds. The good fortune springing from a display of proper majesty shows how they might otherwise feel too easy, and make no preparation to serve him.

6. The good fortune attached to the topmost line of Ta Yu arises from the help of Heaven.

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