7. Shih / The Army
above K'un The Receptive, Earth
below K'an The Abysmal, Water
The Army. The army needs perseverance
And a strong man.
Good fortune without blame.
In the middle of the earth is water:
The image of The Army.
Thus the superior man increases his masses
By generosity toward the people.
Change at the beginning means:
An army must set forth in proper order.
If the order is not good, misfortune threatens.
Change in the second place means:
In the midst of the army.
Good fortune. No blame.
The king bestows a triple decoration.
Change in the third place means:
Perchance the army carries corpses in the wagon.
Change in the fourth place means:
The army retreats. No blame.
Change in the fifth place means:
There is game in the field.
It furthers one to catch it.
Let the eldest lead the army.
The younger transports corpses;
Then perseverance brings misfortune.
Change at the top means:
The great prince issues commands,
Founds states, vests families with fiefs.
Inferior people should not be employed.