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Hexagram 21
Shih Ho - Biting Through

yin above: Li / The Clinging, Fire
yin below: Chên / The Arousing, Thunder
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Hexagram Twenty-One/Line Two

Six in the second place means:
Bites through tender meat,
So that his nose disappears.
No blame.

It is easy to discriminate between right and wrong in this case; it is like biting through tender meat. But one encounters a hardened sinner, and, aroused by anger, one goes a little too far. The disappearance of the nose in the course of the bite signifies that indignation blots out finer sensibility. However, there is no great harm in this, because the penalty as such is just.

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