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Po – Splitting Apart


The dark lines are about to mount upward and overthrow the last firm, light line by exerting a disintegrating influence on it. The inferior, dark forces overcome what is superior and strong, not by direct means, but by undermining it gradually and imperceptibly, so that it finally collapses [the may work in discord but persistently, if a man is stronger and withstands violent attacks from without,  if a man is not destroyed with lies, slander and intrigue yet stands still, the enemies attempt to break into his heart and mind, subverting the working of his nature, perverting, polluting, contaminating and corrupting it. If his nature is stronger, they persistently break the man from within and from without, it is of utmost importance to be phoenix-like, and by devotion to Heavens ask for assistance in reversing the damaging effects, one also needs to excercise mental discipline and a strong sense of integrity upon which to return, bad habits may develop, all bad thoughts seem like a mountain of filth, one must commit to excelling and to amending one’s ways and work against the dark force that is planting a seed of evil within, it is a battle of heart and mind one wages, and a man is recognized by the Heavens for waging this campaign, throughout life if may be, no matter how given to despair or corruption. One with a sickened and polluted mind and heart looks upward. As if a man taken by illness, has enough to whisper words of charity to his loved ones and smile upon them, so a man taken by great evil of mind and heart whispers songs to the Stars, despite the agony. When one is knocked off the firm holding, one stands up, when one’s thoughts, actions, words are polluted and full of filth, one focuses on open space and puts all his strife and focus to defeat the evil force – it is stupid and vulgar, in sophistication it uses the intelligence of the other, it has nothing that it owns, yet it possessess through delusion, ignorance, anger, attachments, and arrogance, attempting to render the man similar to itself. Beware, for this dark force may pollute us and our loved ones to overturn us from the path, thus when love becomes an affliction for both, it is time to part ways and seek solitude in hope to meet again, if Providence wills, away from this world] .The lines of the hexagram present the image of a house, the top line being the roof, and because the roof is being shattered the house collapses. The hexagram belongs to the ninth month (October–November). The yin power pushes up ever more powerfully and is about to supplant the yang power altogether.


SPLITTING APART. It does not further one To go anywhere. This pictures a time when inferior people are pushing forward and are about to crowd out the few remaining strong and superior men [outmanned, outgunned, and in solitude, broken-hearted and betrayed, it is better to seek the friendship of Starry Heavens and Deities, shielding us and adopting us]. Under these circumstances, which are due to the time, it is not favorable for the superior man to undertake anything. [all would be spoiled, or reversed, if our works wouldn’t be destroyed for mockery, then what would be ‘shining’ in the eyes of the dark force, would be appropriated by it, amongst the blind, one cannot single-handedly defeat the enemies but may remain still and loyal to Starry Heavens, and contain the essence of one’s work and nature within] The right behavior in such adverse times is to be deduced from the images and their attributes. The lower trigram stands for the earth, whose attributes are docility and devotion. The upper trigram stands for the mountain, whose attribute is stillness. This suggests that one should submit to the bad time and remain quiet [beware for speech may be heard in wrong and right quarters of the world, this too may be poisoned, ask about the effects you produce as if the world would be listening, ask – citing another – ‘is it wise, is it just, is it not judgmental?’]  . For it is a question not of man’s doing but of time conditions, which, according to the laws of heaven, show an alternation of increase and decrease, fullness and emptiness. It is impossible to counteract these conditions of the time. Hence it is not cowardice but wisdom to submit [not meaning: submissive: inner rebellion may be strenght in one’s virtues and principles, or their remnants, resilient, move along with the times] and avoid action.


The mountain rests on the earth:The image of SPLITTING APART. Thus those above can ensure their position. Only by giving generously to those below. The mountain rests on the earth. When it is steep and narrow, lacking a broad base, it must topple over [a mountain upside down starts to collapse under it own weight, a world upside down is bound to crumble]. Its position is strong only when it rises out of the earth broad and great, not proud and steep [as in – true support in enthusiasm, merit, not deception, alienation and propaganda]. So likewise those who rule rest on the broad foundation of the people. They too should be generous and benevolent, like the earth that carries all. Then they will make their position as secure as a mountain is in its tranquility.


Six at the beginning means: The leg of the bed is split. Those who persevere are destroyed. Misfortune. Inferior people are on the rise and stealthily begin their destructive burrowing from below in order to undermine the place where the superior man rests. Those followers of the ruler who remain loyal are destroyed by slander and intrigue. The situation bodes disaster, yet there is nothing to do but wait.

[alas is not the superior men turning to the crowd of inferiors by submitting to them, betraying his past friends, and turning coats soon slandering these who remained loyal?]

Six in the second place means: The bed is split at the edge. Those who persevere are destroyed. Misfortune. The power of the inferior people is growing. The danger draws close to one’s person; already there are dear indications, and rest is disturbed. Moreover, in this dangerous situation one is as yet without help or friendly advances from above or below. Extreme caution is necessary in this isolation. One must adjust to the time and promptly avoid the danger. Stubborn perseverance in maintaining one’s standpoint would lead to downfall [sometimes, better to be insane, or play an idiot, then expose one’s face to the dark force, what is ‘won’ by defeat of superior people is much cherished by the enemy, unexpected change of circumstances is making the enemy unsure of itself and weakened]

Six in the third place means: He splits with them. No blame.An individual finds himself in an evil environment to which he is committed by external ties. But he has an inner relationship with a superior man, and through this he attains the stability to free himself from the way of the inferior people around him. This brings him into opposition to them of course, but that is not wrong.

Six in the fourth place means:The bed is split up to the skin.Misfortune.Here the disaster affects not only the resting place but even the occupant. No warning or other comment is added. Misfortune has reached its peak: it can no longer be warded off. [when the torture chamber is our own bed,  nothing more to do than to grind our teeth and survive, or perish]

Six in the fifth place means:A shoal of fishes. Favor comes through the court ladies. Everything acts to further. Here, in immediate proximity to the strong, light-giving principle at the top, the nature of the dark force undergoes a change. It no longer opposes the strong principle by means of intrigues but submits to its guidance. Indeed, as the head of the other weak lines, it leads all of these to the strong line, just as a princess leads her maids-in-waiting like a shoal of fishes to her husband and thus gains his favor. Inasmuch as the lower element thus voluntarily places itself under the higher, it attains happiness and the higher also receives its due. Therefore all goes well.

Nine at the top means:There is a large fruit still uneaten.The superior man receives a carriage.The house of the inferior man is split apart.

Here the splitting apart reaches its end. When misfortune has spent itself, better times return. The seed of the good remains, and it is just when the fruit falls to the ground that good sprouts anew from its seed. The superior man again attains influence and effectiveness. He is supported by public opinion as if in a carriage. But the inferior man’s wickedness is visited upon himself [even if once he retained in the superior position, his effects when contaminated are to be accounted for]. His house is split apart. A law of nature is at work here. Evil is not destructive to the good alone but inevitably destroys itself as well [old passions taught me well – they burn out in great fire, and they burn a young man, when there is nothing but self-destruction one is brough to one’s wits, and changes the course by 180 degrees, or destroys himself or others] For evil, which lives solely by negation, cannot continue to exist on its own strength alone. The inferior man himself fares best when held under control by a superior man.