Upper Trigram:Ch'ien, Creative Principle, Heaven
Lower Trigram:K'un, Passive Principle, Earth
Governing Ruler:Nine in the fifth place
Constitutional Ruler:Six in the second place

The Image
The trigrams of heaven and earth, not in intercommunication: the image of P'i. The superior man, in accordance with this, restrains the manifestations of his virtue, and avoids the calamities that threaten him. There is no opportunity of conferring on him the glory of emolument.

Miscellaneous Signs
While P'i and T'ai their different scopes prefer, Ta Chuang stops here as right; withdraws Tun there.

The Judgement
Stagnation. There is want of good understanding between the different classes of men, and its indication is unfavourable to the firm and correct course of the superior man. We see the great gone and the little come.

The 'want of good understanding between the different classes of men', in P'i, and its indication as unfavourable to the correct course of the superior man, with the intimation that the great are gone and the little come: all this springs from the fact that in it heaven and earth are not in mutual communication, and all things in consequence do not have free course; and that the high and the low are not in mutual communication; and that there are no well-regulated states under the sky. The inner trigram shows darkness, the outer light; the inner weakness, the outer strength; the inner the small man, the outer the superior man. Thus the way of the small man appears to be increasing, and that of the superior man decreasing.

The Lines and commentaries
Bottom six
Suggesting the idea of grass pulled up, and bringing with it other stalks of roots interconnected. With firm correctness there will be good fortune and progress.
The 'good fortune through firm correctness', as suggested by 'the pulling up of the grass', arises from the subject's will being bent on serving the ruler.
Six in the second place
Showing its subject patient and obedient. To the small man there will be good fortune. If the great man adapt to what distress and obstruction require, he will have success.
'The great man adapting to what distress and obstruction require, will have success': he does not allow himself to be disordered by the herd of small men.
Six in the third place
Showing its subject ashamed of the purpose folded in his breast.
That 'his shame is folded in his breast' is owing to the inappropriateness of his position.
Nine in the fourth place
Showing its subject acting in accordance with the ordination of heaven, and committing no error.
'He acts in accordance with the ordination of heaven, and commits no error': the purpose of his mind can be carried into effect.
Nine in the fifth place
We see him who brings the stagnation to a close, the great man and fortunate! But let him say 'We may perish! We may perish!', so shall the state of things become as if bound to a clump of bushy mulberry trees.
'The good fortune of the great man' arises from its correct position.
Top-most nine
Showing the overthrow and removal of distress and stagnation. Before this there was that condition. Hereafter there will be joy.
'The distress and stagnation having reached its end, it is overthrown and removed': how could it be prolongued?

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