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

Hexagram 10
Lü - Treading (Conduct)

yang above: Ch'ien / The Creative, Heaven
yang below: Tui / The Joyous, Lake

Worrying the Tiger


Hexagram Ten/Line Four

Nine in the fourth place means:
He treads on the tail of the tiger.
Caution and circumspection
Lead ultimately to good fortune.

This text refers to a dangerous enterprise. The inner power to carry it through is there, but this inner power is combined with hesitating caution in one's external attitude. This line contrasts with the preceding line, which is weak within but outwardly presses forward. Here one is sure of ultimate success, which consists in achieving one's purpose, that is, in overcoming danger by going forward.

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