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8. Pi / Holding Together (Union)

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------- above K'an The Abysmal, Water
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--- --- below K'un The Receptive, Earth
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The Judgement

Holding Together brings good fortune.
Inquire of the oracle once again
Whether you possess sublimity, constancy, and perseverance;
Then there is no blame.
Those who are uncertain gradually join.
Whoever comes too late
Meets with misfortune.

The Image

On the earth is water:
The image of Holding Together.
Thus the kings of antiquity
Bestowed the different states as fiefs
And cultivated friendly relations
With the feudal lords.

The Lines

Change at the beginning means:
Hold to him in truth and loyalty;
This is without blame.
Truth, like a full earthen bowl:
Thus in the end
Good fortune comes from without.
Change in the second place means:
Hold to him inwardly.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Change in the third place means:
You hold together with the wrong people.
Change in the fourth place means:
Hold to him outwardly also.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Change in the fifth place means:
Manifestation of holding together.
In the hunt the king uses beaters on three sides only
And foregoes game that runs off in front.
The citizens need no warning.
Good fortune.
Change at the top means:
He finds no head for holding together.