A kettle of water on the fire; making tea.







After crossing the rivers.

Success for the small and adaptable.

Perseverance is favourable.

At the beginning good fortune; at the end disorder.


Water above fire.

After crossing.

A wise man thinks about troubles so that he can prepare ways to avoid them.


After completing something you sit and relax and make some tea. This is the situation after a time of transition when people and things are in their proper places at last.

This is not a time to be careless; the kettle on the fire is an example of this. Water and fire have opposing tendencies; the fire rises and evaporates the water. The water tends downwards and tries to smother the fire. The whole situation is like this; constant work is needed to avoid order turning into chaos.



1) 9 at the start

a) Dragging the wheels back. Getting his tail wet. No blame.

b) Righteous and without blame.

There is a danger at the beginning of being hit from behind; like a fox who goes to jump a stream, and then changes his mind at the last minute, and then gets his tail wet as he turns. The danger is best overcome by holding back firmly until it is safe.


2) 6 in 2nd throw

a) A wife losing her veil. Do not pursue it.
On the seventh day you acquire it.

b) You will get it due to a moderate behaviour.

Here something worrying happens and you feel you should be doing something about it. In this case it will be best if you do nothing and wait patiently until the situation resolves itself.


3) 9 in 3rd throw

a) The just warrior disciplines people on all sides.
After three years he gains control.
Evil people are no use.

b) This is exhausting.

This means that after a long and difficult struggle you will end up gaining control in some area previously controlled by evil people. You are warned against working with people who would be untrustworthy if given a position of power.


4) 6 in 4th throw

a) Identified wearing ragged clothes.
At the end of the day there is a warning.

b) There is cause for doubt.

This is a warning that things can go wrong quickly if you are not constantly careful.


5) 9 in 5th throw

a) The eastern neighbour slaughters cattle.
Not so the western neighbour with only a small offering.
Blessings are the result of sincerity.

b) You attain true happiness good fortune comes in great measure.

This means that your small gifts are better received than someone else's large gifts because they show genuine feeling. This will bring you what you wish for when it is time.


6) 6 at the top

a) Getting his head wet. Danger.

b) How can this last for long?

These are the disorders at the end. Things go wrong for a weak person in a dangerous situation. He gets into trouble and he may drown. It was a mistake for this person to get into this situation.