The Restraining Force
Upper Trigram:Ken, Inaction, a Mountain
Lower Trigram:Ch'ien, Creative Principle, Heaven
Governing Rulers:Six in the fifth place
Top-most nine

The Image
Heaven amidst a mountain: The image of Ta Ch'u. The superior man, in accordance with this, stores largely in his memory the words and deeds of former men, to subserve the accumulation of his virtue.

Miscellaneous Signs
Ta Ch'u keeps still and waits the proper time; Wu Wang sets forth how evil springs from crime.

The Judgement
Under the conditions of Ta Ch'u it will be advantageous to be firm and correct. If its subject do not seek to enjoy his revenues in his own family, without taking service at court, there will be good fortune. It will be advantageous for him to cross the great stream.

In the trigrams composing Ta Ch'u, we have the attributes of the greatest strength and of substantial solidity, which emit a brilliant light, and indicate a daily renewal of its subject's virtue. The strong line is in the highest place, and suggests the value set on talents and virtue; there is power in the upper trigram to keep even the strongest in restraint: all this shows 'the great correctness' required in the hexagram.
The 'good fortune attached to the subject's not seeking to enjoy the revenues in his own family', shows how talent and virtue are nourished.
'It will be advantageous for him to cross the great stream': the ruler in the fifth place is responded to by the second, the central line of the inner trigram.

The Lines and commentaries
Bottom nine
Showing its subject in a position of peril. It will be advantageous for him to stop his advance.
'He is in a position of peril. It will be advantageous for him to stop his advance': he should not act rashly and expose himself to calamity.
Nine in the second place
A carriage with the strap under it removed.
'He is as a carriage from which the strap under it has been removed', but being in the central position, he will incur no blame.
Nine in the third place
Showing its subject urging his way with good horses. It will be advantageous for him to realise the difficulty of his course, and to be firm and correct, exercising himself daily in his charioteering and methods of defence; then there will be advantage in whatever direction he may advance.
'There will be advantage in whatever direction he may advance': the subject of the top-most line is of the same mind with him.
Six in the fourth place
The young bull, and yet having the piece of wood over his horns! There will be great good fortune.
The 'great good fortune' indicated by this line, shows that there is occasion for joy.
Six in the fifth place
The teeth of a castrated hog. There will be good fortune.
The 'good fortune' indicated by this line, shows that there is occasion for congratulation.
Top-most nine
Showing its subject as in command of the firmament of heaven. There will be progress.
'In command of the firmament of heaven': the way is grandly open for movement.

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