Upper Trigram:K'an, the Abyss, Water, Danger
Lower Trigram:Tui, Joy, a Lake
Governing Ruler:Nine in the fifth place

The Image
Clouds above the lake: the image of Chien. The superior man, in accordance with this, constructs his methods of numbering and measurement, and discusses points of virtue and conduct.

Miscellaneous Signs
Huan scatters, but Chien its code of rules uprears.

The Judgement
Chieh intimates that, under its conditions, there will be progress and attainment. But if the regulations which it prescribes be severe and difficult, they cannot be permanent.

'Chieh intimates progress and attainment': the strong and the weak lines are equally divided, and the strong ones occupy the central places.
'If the regulations which it prescribes be severe and difficult, they cannot be permanent': its course of action will in that case come to an end. We have the feeling of joy and satisfaction directing the course amidst peril. We have all regulations controlled by authority in its proper place (i.e. the fourth and the fifth place). We have free action proceeding from the central and correct position. Heaven and earth observe their regular terms, and we have the four seasons complete. If rulers frame their measures according to the due regulations, the resources suffer no injury, and the people receive no hurt.

The Lines and commentaries
Bottom nine
Showing its subject not quitting the courtyard outside his door. There will be no error.
'He does not quit the courtyard outside his door': he knows when he has free course and when he is obstructed.
Nine in the second place
Showing its subject not quitting the courtyard inside his gate. There will be evil.
'He does not quit the courtyard inside his gate. There will be evil': he loses the time for action to an extreme degree.
Six in the third place
Showing its subject with no appearance of observing the proper regulations, in which case we shall also see him lamenting. But there will be no one to blame but himself.
In the 'lamentation for not observing the regulations', who should there be to blame?
Six in the fourth place
Showing its subject quietly and naturally attentive to all regulations. There will be progress and success.
The 'progress and success of the quiet and natural attention to all regulations', is due to the deference which accepts the ways of the ruler above.
Nine in the fifth place
Showing its subject sweetly and acceptably enacting his regulations. There will be good fortune. The onward progress with them will afford ground for admiration.
The 'good fortune arising from the regulations enacted sweetly and acceptably', is due to the line occupying the place of authority and being in the centre.
Top-most six
Showing its subject enacting regulations severe and difficult. Even with firmness and correctness there will be evil. But though there will be cause for repentance, it will by and by disappear.
'The regulations are severe and difficult. Even with firmness and correctness there will be evil': the course indicated by the hexagram is come to an end.

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