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Hexagram 54
Kuei Mei - The Marrying Maiden

yin above: Chên / The Arousing, Thunder
yang below: Tui / The Joyous, Lake
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Hexagram Fifty-Four/Line Three

Six in the third place means:
The marrying maiden as a slave.
She marries as a concubine.

Empress and concubines

A girl who is in a lowly position and finds no husband may, in some circumstances, still win shelter as a concubine.
This pictures the situation of a person who longs too much for joys that cannot be obtained in the usual way. He enters upon a situation not altogether compatible with self-esteem. Neither judgement nor warning is added to this line; it merely lays bare the actual situation, so that everyone may draw a lesson from it.

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