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Hexagram 5
Hsü - Waiting (Nourishment)

yang above: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
yang below: Ch'ien / The Creative, Heaven
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Hexagram Five/Line Four

Six in the fourth place means:
Waiting in blood.
Get out of the pit.

The situation is extremely dangerous. It is of utmost gravity now - a matter of life and death. Bloodshed seems imminent. There is no going forward or backward; we are cut off as if in a pit. Now we must simply stand fast and let fate take its course. This composure, which keeps us from aggravating the trouble by anything we might do, is the only way of getting out of the dangerous pit.

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