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25. Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected)

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------- above Ch'ien The Creative, Heaven
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--- --- below Chên The Arousing, Thunder
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The Judgement

Innocence. Supreme success.
Perseverance furthers.
If someone is not as he should be,
He has misfortune,
And it does not further him
To undertake something.

The Image

Under heaven thunder rolls:
All things attain the natural state of innocence.
Thus the kings of old,
Rich in virtue, and in harmony with the time,
Fostered and nourished all beings.

The Lines

Change at the beginning means:
Innocent behavior brings good fortune.
Change in the second place means:
If one does not count on the harvest while plowing,
Nor on the use of the ground while clearing it,
It furthers one to undertake something.
Change in the third place means:
Undeserved misfortune.
The cow that was tethered by someone
Is the wanderer's gain, the citizen's loss.
Change in the fourth place means:
He who can be persevering
Remains without blame.
Change in the fifth place means:
Use no medicine in an illness
Incurred through no fault of your own.
It will pass of itself.
Change at the top means:
Innocent action brings misfortune.
Nothing furthers.