Home Contents Contribute your experiences Experiences of this hexagram in divination More I Ching resources

5. Hsu / Waiting (Nourishment)

--- ---
------- above K'an The Abysmal, Water
--- ---
------- below Ch'ien The Creative, Heaven

The Judgement

Waiting. If you are sincere,
You have light and success.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
It furthers one to cross the great water.

The Image

Clouds rise up to heaven:
The image of Waiting.
Thus the superior man eats and drinks,
Is joyous and of good cheer.

The Lines

Change at the beginning means:
Waiting in the meadow.
It furthers one to abide in what endures.
No blame.
Change in the second place means:
Waiting on the sand.
There is some gossip.
The end brings good fortune.
Change in the second place means:
Waiting in the mud
Brings about the arrival of the enemy.
Change in the fourth place means:
Waiting in blood.
Get out of the pit.
Change in the fifth place means:
Waiting at meat and drink.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Change at the top means:
One falls into the pit.
Three uninvited guests arrive.
Honor them, and in the end there will be good fortune.