will be supremely blessed.
The dragon remains under water.
Do not act.
The dragon appears in the fields.
Go to see the great man.
All day the lord is active,
At night he remains alert.
There is danger,
but he comes to no harm.
If he leaps,
he will land in a pool
And come to no harm
The dragon flies in the sky.
He should go to see someone big
The dragon reaches his limit.
A band of dragons appears
Among whom none is chief.
the I Ching
by Greg Whincup (St Martin's Press 1996 US$10.95 ISBN 0-312-14131-9)
This is the first hexagram of the 64
in the I Ching. Because it is made up entirely of solid, active lines,
it represents pure strength and energy. The person it applies to is strong
and should act. His symbol is a dragon, a creature the Chinese regarded
as dangerously powerful but auspicious.
lowest line. The dragon who remains
underwater is someone strong whose time for action has not yet come. Dragons
were believed to live underwater as the rulers of rivers and lakes. By
leaping into the sky, they brought rain for the crops.
second line. As soon as he emerges
from his underwater home into the world of men, the dragon should seek
the help of someone greater than himself. Line two is the place of the
subject, who needs his ruler's help.
third line. Constant energy and
alertness protect him from harm. Line three is the place of danger.
fourth line. If the dragon strives
upward, he will find a comfortable place to land. The deep pool is a place
of safety. Line four is the place of the high official.
fifth line. He cannot succeed
on his own in these exalted regions, and must find someone to guide him.
Line five is the place of the ruler.
top line. He would have been
safe if he had found someone to guide him. The top line often has to do
with going too far.
all lines. If all lines are emphasized,
he is one of a team of powerful equals.
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