The Cauldron
Upper Trigram:Li, Clinging Brightness, Fire
Lower Trigram:Sun, Gentle Penetration, Mildness, Wind, Wood
Governing Rulers:Six in the fifth place
Top-most nine

The Image
Fire above wood: the image of Ting. The superior man, in accordance with this, keeps his every position correct, and maintains the secure appointment of heaven.

Miscellaneous Signs
Ting takes what's new; the old is left by Ko.

The Judgement
Ting gives the intimation of great progress and success.

In Ting we have the figure of a cauldron. We see wood entering into the fire, which suggests the idea of cooking. The sages cooked their offerings in order to present them to God, and made great feasts to nourish their wise and able ministers. We have the trigram representing flexible obedience, and that which denotes ears quick of hearing and eyes clear-sighted. We have, also, the weak line advanced and acting above, in the central place, and responded to by its strong correlate below. All these things give the idea of 'great progress and success'.

The Lines and commentaries
Bottom six
A cauldron overthrown, and its feet turned up. There will be advantage in its getting rid of what was bad in it. Or a concubine whose position is improved by means of her son. There will be no error.
'The cauldron is overthrown, and its feet turned upwards': but this is not entirely contrary to what is right. 'There will be advantage in getting rid of what was bad': thereby the subject of the line will follow his apparently noble correlate.
Nine in the second place
A cauldron with food in it. If its subject can say: 'My enemy glares at me, but he cannot approach me', there will be good fortune.
'There is the cauldron, and the food in it': let the subject of this line be careful where he goes.
'My enemy glares at me': but there will in the end be no fault to which he can point.

Nine in the third place
A cauldron with the places of its ears changed. The progress of its subject is stopped. The fat flesh of the pheasant inside will not be eaten. But the genial rain will come, and the grounds for repentance will disappear. There will be good fortune in the end.
'There is the cauldron with its ears changed': its subject has failed to see what was required of him.
Nine in the fourth place
A cauldron with its feet broken, and its contents, designed for the ruler's use, overturned and spilt. Its subject will be made to blush for shame. There will be evil.
'The contents, designed for the ruler's use, are overturned and spilt': how can this line's subject be trusted?
Six in the fifth place
The cauldron with yellow ears and rings of metal in them. There will be advantage through being firm and correct.
'The cauldron has yellow ears': the central position of the line is taken as a proof of the solid virtue of its subject.
Top-most nine
The cauldron with rings of jade. There will be great good fortune, and action taken will be in every way advantageous.
'The rings of jade' are at the very top: the strong and the weak line meet in their due proportions.

1. Ch'ien
Creative Principle

2. K'un
Passive Principle

3. Chun
Initial Difficulties

4. Meng
Youthful Inexperience

5. Hsü

6. Sung

7. Shih
The Army

8. Pi
Seeking Unity

9. Hsiao Ch'u
Minor Restraint

10. Lü
Treading carefully

11. T'ai

12. P'i

13. T'ung Jen

14. Ta Yu
Great Possessions

15. Ch'ien

16. Yü

17. Sui

18. Ku
Arresting Decay

19. Lin

20. Kuan

21. Shih Ho
Biting through

22. Pi

23. Po

24. Fu
The Turning Point

25. Wu Wang

26. Ta Ch'u
Restraining Force

27. I

28. Ta Kuo

29. K'an
The Abyss

30. Li
Clinging Brightness

31. Hsieh

32. Heng

33. Tun

34. Ta Chuang
Strength of Greatness

35. Chin

36. Ming I
Sinking Light

37. Chia Jen
The Family

38. K'uei

39. Chien

40. Hsieh

41. Sun

42. I

43. Kuai

44. Kou
Coming on

45. Ts'ui

46. Sheng
Moving upward

47. K'un

48. Ching
The Well

49. Ko

50. Ting
The Cauldron

51. Chen

52. Ken

53. Chien
Gradual Progress

54. Kuei Mei
Marriageable Maiden

55. Feng

56. Lü
The Wanderer

57. Sun
Gentle Penetration

58. Tui

59. Huan

60. Chien

61. Cung Fu
Inner Truth

62. Hsiao Kuo
Small Excess

63. Chi Chi
Completion and After

64. Wei Chi
Before Completion