Perseverance leads to great success.
Heaven moves unstoppably.
A wise man uses creative energy to keep moving forward.
The meaning of this chapter is that you are in harmony with Heaven.
The natural way of things is for increasing chaos and decay, but Heaven is strong, energetic, and creative.
If you have this chapter, then you only need to follow your own path in the direction you wish to go in. You will do the right things, at the right times, and success will come to you as if sent by Heaven.
Strength and perseverance are needed since it all takes time. If you follow your path you will find the help you need at the time you need it.
There are many creative directions; you could become a musician or a holy man. Creativity is the way God shows himself in the works of man. The main thing is to follow your own path with a strong, caring, and persevering attitude. You should not try to take 'short cuts' or do anything evil.
The dragon is the Chinese symbol of the power of Heaven, or God, and the dragon is therefore mentioned in the 'lines' section. The 'lines' describe the stages you may go through, on the way to become a 'dragon', a creative and constructive individual, in tune with Heaven, the 'Great Harmony'.
1) 9 at the start
a) Hidden dragon. Do not try to use it.
b) You cannot use an Inner Light.
This means that you have the character of a dragon, in harmony with Heaven, but it is not yet time for doing things. The time will come, when it is the time. Until then, you should follow your own lines of interest learning things, but only be creative in small ways.
Confucius said about this line: "This means a person who has the character of a dragon but remains concealed. He does not change to suit the world outside; he makes no name for himself. He withdraws from the world, yet is not sad about it. He receives no recognition, yet is not sad about it. If lucky, he carries out his principles; if unlucky, he withdraws with them. Verily, he cannot be uprooted; he is a hidden dragon."
2) 9 in 2nd throw
a) A dragon appears in the field. Visiting important people brings benefits.
b) The influence, caused by attaining the way of Heaven, spreads everywhere.
Here you are in the middle of the "lower Heaven." This is a situation where you are not well known, or important, but you influence your environment through good character. You begin to be noticed in your chosen field of activity.
Confucius said about this line: "This means a man who has the character of a dragon and is moderate and correct. Even in ordinary speech, he is reliable. Even in ordinary actions, he is careful. He does away with what is false and preserves his integrity. He improves his era and does not boast about it. His character is influential and transforms men. He becomes generous in his nature and kindly in his actions."
3) 9 in 3rd throw
a) A wise man completes the day: Creative! Creative! At night, your mind is still busy with problems. No blame.
b) You go backwards and forwards on the correct path.
There are times when being strong and creative is difficult and dangerous. This does not mean that you are on the wrong path, the problems will be overcome and you will gain strength and wisdom. In this way, you make progress and gain experience. Providing you are careful, and do not take foolish risks, you will be able to carry out your intentions without coming to harm.
Confucius said about this line: "The superior man improves his character and labours at his task. It is through loyalty and faith that he fosters his character. By working on his words, so that they rest firmly on truth, he makes his work enduring. He knows how this is to be achieved and achieves it; in this way he is able to plant the right seed. He knows how it is to be brought to completion and so completes it. Thereby he is able to make it truly enduring. For this reason, he is not proud in a superior position or disappointed in a humble one. Thus he is creatively active and, as circumstances demand, careful, so that even in a dangerous situation he does not make a mistake."
4) 9 in 4th throw
a) Maybe leaping at the edge. No blame.
b) Advancing is not wrong.
Here, in the upper half of the Heavens, the dragon learns how to fly. This is the point where you begin to 'go for it' and dare to let go and test yourself. You have to trust in your own abilities and you have to trust in God to save you if your early attempts go badly. You may be lucky at times, when you need it, but things will not go smoothly yet, so you will need your wits about you, as well as perseverance and strength.
Confucius said about this line: "In ascent, and descent, there is no fixed rule, except that one must do nothing evil. In advance or retreat, no sustained perseverance avails, except that one must not depart from one's nature. The superior man fosters his character, and labours at his task, in order to do everything at the right time. Therefore he makes no mistakes."
5) 9 in 5th throw
a) Flying dragon in the Heavens. It will be favourable to see important people.
b) Great people creating.
Here you are a creative person in a leading position. You are a creative person who is in a position to carry out useful and creative work, and you will bring benefit to other people.
Confucius said about this line:
1) "The great man accords in his character with Heaven and earth; in his light, with the sun and moon; in his consistency, the four seasons; in the good and evil fortune he creates with gods and spirits. When he acts in advance of Heaven, Heaven does not contradict him. When he follows Heaven, he adapts himself to the time of Heaven. If Heaven itself does not resist him, how much less do men, gods and spirits!"
2) "Things that accord in tone vibrate together. Things that have affinity in their inmost natures seek one another. Water flows to what is wet, fire turns to what is dry. Clouds follow the dragon, wind follows the tiger. Thus the sage arises, and all creatures follow him with their eyes. What is born of Heaven feels related to what is above. What is born of earth feels related to what is below. Each follows its kind."
6) 9 at the top
a) Arrogant dragon will have cause to repent.
b) Going too far is not allowed to continue.
The last line carries a warning. If you get this line it means you will become arrogant if you are not careful about your attitude. If you do not consider your limitations fully, then you will develop a bad attitude and lose harmony with Heaven. Then you will suffer the consequences! When you are strong, and things usually go the way you wish, it is easy to take things for granted, and to think that you are always right, without careful thought. This is arrogance, and it will get you into trouble, but it is not too late, providing you take notice of this warning.
Confucius said about this line:
1) "He who is noble and has no corresponding position, he who stands high and has no following, he who has able people under him who do not have his support, that man will have cause for regret at every turn."
2) "Arrogance means that one knows how to press forward but not how to draw back, that one knows existence but not annihilation, knows something of winning but nothing of losing. It is only the holy man who knows how to press forward and how to draw back, who knows existence and annihilation as well, without losing his true nature. The holy man alone can do this."
If all the lines are nines:
a) Seeing a flight of dragons without a leader. Good fortune.
b) An oracle of nines. You actualise the Tao, it cannot be deliberate.
This means you rule, or carry out your creative works, while appearing not to be doing anything, just by being yourself. You are the unseen leader of the flying dragons. This is a correct and modest way, and it will bring good fortune to those involved.