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38. K'uei / Opposition

--- --- above Li The Clinging, Flame
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------- below Tui The Joyous, Lake

The Judgement

Opposition. In small matters, good fortune.

The Image

Above fire; below, the lake:
The image of Opposition.
Thus amid all fellowship
The superior man retains his individuality.

The Lines

Change at the beginning means:
Remorse disappears.
If you lose your horse, do not run after it;
It will come back of its own accord.
When you see evil people,
Guard yourself against mistakes.
Change in the second place means:
One meets his lord in a narrow street.
No blame.
Change in the third place means:
One sees the wagon dragged back,
The oxen halted,
A man's hair and nose cut off.
Not a good beginning, but a good end.
Change in the fourth place means:
Isolated through opposition,
One meets a like-minded man
With whom one can associate in good faith.
Despite the danger, no blame.
Change in the fifth place means:
Remorse disappears.
The companion bites his way through the wrappings.
If one goes to him,
How could it be a mistake?
Change at the top means:
Isolated through opposition,
One sees one's companion as a pig covered with dirt,
As a wagon full of devils.
First one draws a bow against him,
Then one lays the bow aside.
He is not a robber; he will woo at the right time.
As one goes, rain falls; then good fortune comes.