Thunder under a clear sky; a bolt from the blue.







The unexpected.

Perseverance leads to great success.

If you do not pay attention you will make a mistake and your plan will not succeed.


Thunder moving under Heaven.

People meeting unexpectedly.

Wise kings provided support for the people at the times when it was needed.


The meaning of this chapter is an unexpected shock.

This is not always a bad thing, an unexpected meeting may be welcome, and unexpected help is always welcomed. However, if you are doing something important, and you are not careful enough, the unexpected shock will probably be something bad that you do not welcome.




1) 9 at the start

a) Unexpected. Going brings good fortune.

b) You find your purpose.

You move in an innocent way, moving in harmony with Heaven. By intuitively following the right path you end up being where you would like to be.


2) 6 in 2nd throw

a) If you do not count the harvest while ploughing, or on the use of the ground while clearing it, it will be worth doing something.

b) Not yet wealthy.

If something needs doing then you should do it for its own sake; this is an innocent and correct attitude. There may be unexpected rewards if this attitude is maintained. People who only do something in order to get a reward only have unexpected disappointments.


3) 6 in 3rd throw

a) Unexpected misfortune.
The cow that was tethered is the wanderer's gain and the citizen's loss.

b) The wanderer gains the citizen loses.

If you leave something unattended somebody may just wander by and take it. It is to be hoped that you can manage without it.


4) 9 in 4th throw

a) Perseverance is possible. No blame.

b) Holding on firmly.

You are able to persevere with something more strongly than expected.


5) 9 in 5th throw

a) Unexpected illness. Use no medicinal herbs and you will be happy.

b) Do not test any medicines.

This means you are affected by an unexpected trouble. If you have not brought it on yourself then you need not take any action. It will be best to just wait until it passes.


6) 9 at the top

a) Innocent action brings unexpected misfortune. Nothing that is favourable.

b) Ending in calamity.

It is always best to think carefully before moving. If you do something, even with innocent intentions, when it is not the right time, then things can go unexpectedly wrong. This may be some kind of accident; so be careful.