By: James Byrd
A. Hexagram sixty-two is Xiao Guo, or Small Exceeding. Additional interpretations include Preponderance of the Small and Small Surpassing. The lower trigram is Gen: bound or mountain, and the upper trigram is Zhen: shake or thunder.
B. The Judgment1. The Preponderance of the Small. Success.
Perseverance furthers. Small things may be done; great things should not be done.
2. The flying bird brings the message: It is not well to strive upward,
It is well to remain below. Great good fortune.
C. The Image1. Thunder on the mountain: (you heard?)
a) The image of Preponderance of the Small.
b) 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.
II. My interpretation
Being somewhat modest is the theme of this hexagram. Do not overextend beyond your natural limits, although internally you might feel this is a time for you to take on more, for now, stay within your limits, sir.
As a means of staying in tune with the times, we are told to dwell on the idea of thrift and that of accepting the rewards of our small workings. Taking the low road would be a good idea for now. Again, do not fly too high as to overextend our assets, take things as they come good or bad, be subjective about all matters for the moment.
Do not get overinvolved with anger, impatience, or despair. Although you do hold a precarious position at the moment, which is above and beyond the ordinary, negative tenets such as anger, impatience, and despair, could lead to an avoidable downfall.
Have the mindset of humility and acceptance of your appointed position, be creative and take things as they come. Do not be so much objective with entrenched and rigid mandates. Take it one step at a time.
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