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Hexagram 46
Shêng - Pushing Upward

yin above: K'un / The Receptive, Earth
yang below: Sun / The Gentle, Wind, Wood
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Hexagram Forty-Six/Line One

Six at the beginning [yin at bottom] means:
Pushing upward that meets with confidence
Brings great good fortune.

Wawona Drive-Through Tree

Wawona Drive-Through Tree - Yosemite National Park1

This is the situation at the beginning of ascent. Just as wood draws strength for its upward push from the root, which in itself is in the lowest place, so the power to rise comes from this low and obscure station. But there is a spiritual affinity with the rulers above, and this solidarity creates the confidence needed to accomplish something.

1. The Wawona Tree, also known as the Wawona Tunnel Tree, was a famous giant sequoia that stood in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, until 1969.
It had a height of 227 feet (69 m) and was 26 feet (7.9 m) in diameter at the base.
The Wawona Tree fell in 1969 under a heavy load of snow on its crown.
The giant sequoia is estimated to have been 2,300 years old.
When the giant tree fell, there was much debate over what to do with it.
It has remained where it fell primarily for ecological reasons, but still serves as a popular tourist destination.
Because of their size, giant sequoias can create vast new ecosystems when they fall, providing habitat for insects and animals and allowing new plant growth.
It is now known as the Fallen Tunnel Tree.

Fallen Tunnel Tree

Fallen Tunnel Tree

Other "tunnel tree" sequoias

At Calaveras Big Trees State Park the iconic "Pioneer Cabin Tree", also known as "The Tunnel Tree", was carved out to emulate the Wawona Tree.
It fell during a rainstorm and flooding on Sunday January 8, 2017.
Measuring 33 feet in circumference, its exact age and height were not known.
In the 1880s the tree was hollowed out by a private land owner, so that tourists could pass through it; the tree was chosen in part because it bore a large forest fire scar.
The tunnel caused severe damage to the tree.
For many years automobiles drove through it as part of the "Big Trees Trail".
It shattered on impact with the ground.

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