Heaven and Earth unite.








The small departs.
The great approaches.

Good fortune and success.




Heaven and earth mingle.


A prince uses his wealth to perfect the way of Heaven on the Earth.

He supports what is right and employs assistants to help the ordinary people.


Where there is strength on the inside, and devotion on the outside, there is peace. This chapter represents a time similar to spring; the dark forces are retreating and disappearing. Heaven creates and the Earth produces; good men can work freely, undisturbed by evil men. It is a time when Heaven seems to be on the Earth, a time of union and development.




1) 9 at the start

a) Clearing tangled thatch-grass. Using one's position.
To impose discipline brings good fortune.

b) To go out and create order brings good fortune.

This is a situation where you will do best if you can put an end to some disorder. Then there can be peace.


2) 9 in 2nd throw

a) Accepting a job in the wilderness.
Crossing the river with resolution. Not delaying leaving.
Companions left behind.
Honour is gained, your position made secure.

b) Then the light is great.

This means that it would be right to go to another place. When you return you will be in a better position at home.


3) 9 in 3rd throw

a) Without tranquillity but not in disorder.
Difficult work and danger. No blame.
Do not worry you are correct.
Entertaining and dining bring blessing.

b) This is the boundary between Heaven and Earth.

This is a position of many difficulties, but things could be worse, and are likely to get better. The advice is to keep on pushing forward; even though it's a longer road than you may have expected.


4) 6 in 4th throw

a) A young bird flutters busily from the nest.
Not using wealth but using help.
Not using threats but using sincerity.

b) Altogether letting go.

This is someone who decides to let go of a safe and easy way of life so that they can follow a more interesting path that suits them better.


5) 6 in 5th throw

a) The greatest happiness and good fortune in marriage.
Enjoying fulfillment. Great good fortune.

b) Great good fortune from a heart-moving wish.

This line represents a favourable marriage or alliance.


6) 6 at the top

a) The castle wall falls into the moat. An army is no use now.
Make the surrender known. Perseverance brings humiliation.

b) His plans fall into confusion.

Here somebody is forced to surrender; they face defeat and can fight on no longer. The best course, in this situation, is to give up gracefully. This then brings peace. It may not be you that faces surrender, but consider it carefully, because there is a prediction of disaster if the conflict is continued.