The Kuei Mei Hexagram 54


I Ching - Converting the Maiden, Convert, Kuei

Keywords: The Marrying Maiden, Love.
Symbolic of a marrying girl.

THE KWEI MEI HEXAGRAM
Chên above Tui
Number 54


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King Wan's explanation of the Kuei Mei Hexagram

By Kuei Mei, the marrying away of a younger sister, the great and righteous relation between heaven and earth is suggested to us. If heaven and earth were to have no intercommunication, things would not grow and flourish as they do. The marriage of a younger sister is the end of her maidenhood and the beginning of her motherhood.
We have in the hexagram the desire of pleasure and, on the ground of that, movement following. The marrying away is of a younger sister.
Any action will be evil: the places of The Lines are not those appropriate to them. It will be in no wise advantageous: the weak third and fifth line are mounted on strong lines.

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Kuei Mei. Line translations by Dr. James Legge.
Hexagram

Kwei Mei indicates that (under the conditions which it denotes) action will be evil, and in no wise advantageous.



The Lines

1. The first Yang line, undivided, shows the younger sister married off in a position ancillary to the real wife. (It suggests the idea of) a person lame on one leg who yet manages to tramp along. Going forward will be fortunate.

2. The second Yang line, undivided, shows her blind of one eye, and yet able to see. There will be advantage in her maintaining the firm correctness of a solitary widow.

3. The third Yin line, divided, shows the younger sister who was to be married off in a mean position. She returns and accepts an ancillary position.

4. The fourth Yang line, undivided, shows the younger sister who is to be married off protracting the time. She may be late in being married, but the time will come.

5. The fifth Yin line, divided, reminds us of the marrying of the younger sister of (king) Tî-yî, when the sleeves of her the princess were not equal to those of the (still) younger sister who accompanied her in an inferior capacity. (The case suggests the thought of) the moon almost full. There will be good fortune.

6. The sixth Yin line, divided, shows the young lady bearing the basket, but without anything in it, and the gentleman slaughtering the sheep, but without blood flowing from it. There will be no advantage in any way.

Kuei Mei. Line translations by the Duke of Kau
Hexagram

The trigram representing the waters of a marsh and over it that for thunder form Kuei Mei. The superior man, in accordance with this, having regard to the far-distant end, knows the mischief that may be done at the beginning.

The Lines

1. The younger sister is married off in a position ancillary to that of the real wife: it is the constant practice for such a case. Lame on one leg, she is able to tramp along: she can render helpful service.


2. There will be advantage in maintaining the firm correctness of a solitary widow: the subject of the line has not changed from the constancy proper to a wife.

3. The younger sister who was to be married off is an a mean position: this is shown by the improprieties indicated in the line.


4. The purpose in protracting the time is that after waiting the thing may be done all the better.



5. The sleeves of the younger sister of king Ti-yi, when she was married away, were not equal to those of her half-sister, who accompanied her: such was her noble character, indicated by the central position of the line.



6. What is said in the sixth line, divided, about there being nothing in the basket shows that the subject of it is carrying an empty basket.


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