By: James Byrd
A. Hexagram 19 is called Lin, or Nearing. Other variations are Approach and The Forest. The lower trigram is Dui: open, swamp or forest. The upper trigram is Kun: field or earth.
B. The Judgment1. Approach has supreme success.
2. When the eighth month comes,
There will be misfortune.
C. The Image1. The earth above the lake:
The image of Approach.
2. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible
In his will to teach,
And without limits
In his tolerance and protection of the people.
II. My interpretation
For now, the idea of this hexagram tends to move towards a leader who for now should not use force to meet his objectives, and better yet, he should use persuasion as a way of reasoning with people. The use of force at this time would be very counterproductive.
Also, we must remember that for not all is well, but the ebb and flow of time dictate that sometimes worse times do occur as a counterbalance next to good, and we are talking around the lunar month of September. Take the good with the bad, but still make way and have a contingency plan. Above all, be truthful to your students. Let humility be your tool to soften the heart of the student, use empathy.
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