You look into a fire.








Perseverance favourable.

It brings success.

Following guidance brings good fortune.


Brightness doubled.


Great men use their light to brighten the whole world.


The Chinese say that the dark material controls the fire. The image is one of sitting, looking into the fire, thinking, and gaining new insights.

The most important meaning of this chapter is that you should be docile and follow guidance. There may be hidden things going on, a secret agenda, or things that cannot be said. Fortunately, you will do well if you can take a hint, or are prepared to do small jobs at short notice. You will be guided by indirect means. To follow guidance is clarity and will lead to enlightenment.

The other theme of this chapter is the spreading of enlightenment, and how it is an important function in life, and a sign of greatness.




1) 9 at the start

a) Treading on it, but wiping away the footprints. Respecting it. No blame.

b) Casting out fault.

This is a situation where you see the need to do something even though it is not really your responsibility. If it is done in a careful and respectful way then it is not wrong to do it.


2) 6 at 2nd throw

a) Yellow light. Supreme good fortune.

b) He has found the middle way.

Inner clarity shows; like a ray of sunshine lights the surroundings. The middle way means a correct attitude brings you good fortune.


3) 9 in 3rd throw

a) In the light of the setting sun.
Beating the drum and singing.
Or lamenting like an old man.

b) How long can this last?

Enlightenment should not mean withdrawing from all social activities, but excessive drinking, and pointless holidays are not recommended. True enlightenment sees the value in all things and does not withdraw from life.


4) 9 in 4th throw

a) Bursting in this way. Burning that way. Dying this way. Thrown out that way.

b) Nowhere this would be tolerated.

This is a situation where rushing into something impatiently, without careful thought, rapidly leads to serious problems. This could have been avoided but once the problems occur the end is inevitable.


5) 6 in 5th throw

a) Tears in floods. Sadness like mourning. Good fortune.

b) Enlightenment of a noble prince.

A modest and unhappy person attracts help. This brings good fortune.


6) 9 at the top

a) A king has to make use of punishments. This is correct.
Removing the leader; leaving the followers untouched. No blame.

b) This brings the country to order.

If you need to go out on a punishment mission; then you should deal with the leaders. There is no need to punish people just for being on the wrong side, this would be excessive in this situation, and would just start further trouble.