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By: James Byrd
A. Hexagram 5 is named Xu, or Attending. Further variations are Arriving, Waiting or Moistened. The lower trigram is Qian: force or heaven, and the upper trigram is Kan: gorge or water.
B. The Judgment1. Waiting. If you are sincere,
You have light and success.
2. Perseverance brings good fortune.
3. It furthers one to cross the great water.
C. The Image1. Clouds rise up to heaven:
The image of Waiting.
2. Thus the superior man eats and drinks,
And is joyous and of good cheer.
II. My interpretation
Now is a good time to just kick back and dwell on inactivity, for the moment. For now, stay out of the mainstream of things. This hexagram warns us to wait until success is a sure thing. Three people come uninvited, treat them with due reverence and this act alone should also strengthen your position.
I also see one who is waiting on the banks of the great river or sea, but now he is standing on sand, now if he was to be standing on mud he would surely become bogged down and not meet his quota of eventually crossing the great stream. Let your waiting be of fair judgment and on a good foundation, thereby avoiding all injury and bad-mouthing due to unrealized results, which is somewhat subdued.
For now be willing to wait things out, do not let your hopes, expectations, and fears consume the reality of the successful and overdue outcomes. Eat and be merry, but live in the moment.
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