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56. Lu / The Wanderer

--- --- above Li The Clinging, Flame
--- --- below Kên Keeping Still, Mountain
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The Judgement

The Wanderer. Success through smallness.
Perseverance brings good fortune
To the wanderer.

The Image

Fire on the mountain:
The image of The Wanderer.
Thus the superior man
Is clear-minded and cautious
In imposing penalties,
And protracts no lawsuits.

The Lines

Change at the beginning means:
If the wanderer busies himself with trivial things,
He draws down misfortune upon himself.
Change in the second place means:
The wanderer comes to and inn.
He has his property with him.
He wins the steadfastness of a young servant.
Change in the third place means:
The wanderer's inn burns down.
He loses the steadfastness of his young servant.
Change in the fourth place means:
The wanderer rests in a shelter.
He obtains his property and an ax.
My heart is not glad.
Change in the fifth place means:
He shoots a pheasant.
It drops with the first arrow.
In the end this brings both praise and office.
Change at the top means:
The bird's nest burns up.
The wanderer laughs at first,
Then must needs lament and weep.
Through carelessness he loses his cow.