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The original Richard Wilhelm translation for the hexagram line...


Hexagram 9
Hsiao Ch'u - The Taming Power of the Small

yang above: Sun / The Gentle, Wind
yang below: Ch'ien / The Creative, Heaven
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Hexagram Nine/Line Two

Nine in the second place means:
He allows himself to be drawn into returning.
Good fortune.

'The Chess Game' - Francesco Beda (1840-1900)

One would like to press forward, but before going farther one sees from the example of others like oneself that this way is blocked. In such a case, if the effort to push forward is not in harmony with the time, a reasonable and resolute man will not expose himself to a personal rebuff, but will retreat with others of like mind. This brings good fortune, because he does not needlessly jeopardise himself.

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