Before Completion
Upper Trigram:Li, Clinging Brightness, Fire
Lower Trigram:K'an, the Abyss, Water, Danger
Governing Rulers:Six in the fifth place

The Image
Fire on the water: the image of Wei Chi. The superior man, in accordance with this, carefully discriminates among the qualities of things, and the different positions they naturally occupy.

Miscellaneous Signs
Kuei Mei reveals how ends the virgin life; Wei Chi how fails the youth to get a wife.

The Judgement
Wei Chi intimates progress and success in the circumstances which it implies. However, if the young fox, when it has nearly crossed the stream, gets its tail immersed, there will be no advantage in any way.

'Wei Chi intimates progress and success in the circumstances which it implies': the weak fifth line is in the centre. 'The young fox has nearly crossed the stream': but he has not yet escaped from the midst of danger.
'Its tail gets immersed; there will be no advantage in any way': there is not, at the end, a continuance of the purpose at the beginning. Although the places of the different lines are not those appropriate to them, yet the strong and the weak lines respond to each other.

The Lines and commentaries
Bottom six
Showing its subject as a fox whose tail gets immersed. There will be occasion for regret.
'His tail gets immersed': at the very height of ignorance.
Nine in the second place
Showing its subject dragging back his carriage-wheels. With firmness and correctness there will be good fortune.
'Good fortune arising from being firm and correct': the line is in the centre, and its subject's action thereby becomes correct.
Six in the third place
Showing its subject, with the state of things not yet remedied, advancing on; which will lead to evil. Yet there will be advantage in trying to cross the great stream.
'The state of things is not yet remedied; advancing will lead to evil': the place of the line is not that appropriate for it.
Nine in the fourth place
Firm correctness will lead to good fortune, causing all occasion for repentance to disappear. Let its subject stir himself up, as if he were invading the Demon region, where for three years rewards will come to him and his troops, from the great kingdom.
'By firm correctness there is good fortune, and cause for repentance disappears': the aim of its subject is carried into effect.
Six in the fifth place
Showing its subject by firm correctness obtaining good fortune, and having no occasion for repentance. We see in him the brightness of a superior man, and the possession of sincerity. There will be good fortune.
'The brightness of a superior man': the diffusion of that brightness tends to good fortune.
Top-most nine
Showing its subject full of confidence and therefore feasting quietly. There will be no error. If he cherish this confidence till he gets his head immersed, it will fail of what is right.
'He drinks and gets his head immersed': he does not know how to submit to the proper regulations.

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