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Hexagram 8
Pi - Holding Together [Union]

yang above: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
yin below: K'un / The Receptive, Earth


Hexagram Eight/Line One

Six at the beginning [yin at bottom] means:
Hold to him in truth and loyalty;
This is without blame.
Truth, like a full earthen bowl:
Thus in the end
Good fortune comes from without.

Self Portrait - Vincent van Gogh, 1887

Self portrait - Vincent van Gogh, 1887

Still Life with Earthen Bowl and Potatoes - Vincent van Gogh

'Still Life with Earthen Bowl and Potatoes' - Vincent van Gogh, 1885
Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

FUNDAMENTAL SINCERITY is the only proper basis for forming relationships. This attitude, symbolised by a full earthen bowl, in which the content is everything and the empty form nothing, shows itself not in clever words but through the strength of what lies within the speaker. This strength is so great that it has power to attract good fortune to itself from without.

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