Thunder over the lake.








Punishments bring misfortune.

Nothing that is favourable.


Thunder over the lake.


A wise man uses the eternal to understand what is temporary.


The previous chapter shows the stages that can lead up to a good marriage. This chapter is mainly about relationships, and problems, that lead to a less than ideal marriage, or cause reasons for delay.

The advice given here is that you should not become annoyed or try to use force. You should be philosophical about temporary delays and try to recognise, in advance, relationships that may break down easily.




1) 9 at the start

a) Marriage as a second wife.
A lame man is able to tread.
Punishments bring good fortune.

b) They assist each other.

This is a marriage where both people have problems. As a couple they are able to help each other overcome their problems and this draws them together.


2) 9 in 2nd throw

a) A one-eyed man is able to see.
The perseverance of a solitary man is favourable.

b) Not yet time to change.

For reasons which you may not see clearly, at the moment, it would be best to stay single for some time. It may be that you will do best without obligations and maybe there is somebody who you should wait for.


3) 6 in 3rd throw

a) Marriage by using patience.
Divorce by taking a mistress.

b) Not appropriate.

If there is someone who you like, but progress to marriage is slow, you should resist the temptation to start seeing someone else just because you can. It will turn out better if you are patient.


4) 9 in 4th throw

a) A late marriage. Delaying marriage is in accord with the times.

b) There is reason to wait.

Sometimes it is better to wait even though you do not want to.


5) 6 in 5th throw

a) The greatest happiness and good fortune in marriage.
She has the rank of royalty; higher than your sisters.
The moon that is nearly full brings good fortune.

b) You move into an honourable position.

This means a favourable marriage will bring good fortune. It will not happen yet but after the climax of something; the full moon perhaps.


6) 6 at the top

a) The woman receives a basket but it is empty.
The man stabs a goat but there is no blood.
Nothing favourable.

b) An empty basket indeed.

This refers to a ceremony done with no enthusiasm or feeling. It represents a relationship where both parties have a bad attitude. It may not last for long.