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

Hexagram 30
Li - The Clinging, Fire

yin above: Li / The Clinging, Fire
yin below: Li / The Clinging, Fire


Hexagram Thirty/Line Four

Nine in the fourth place means:
Its coming is sudden;
It flames up, dies down, is thrown away.


Clarity of mind has the same relation to life that fire has to wood. Fire clings to wood, but also consumes it. Clarity of mind is rooted in life but can also consume it. Everything depends on how the clarity functions. Here the image used is that of a meteor or a straw fire. A man who is excitable and restless may rise quickly to prominence but produces no lasting effects. Thus matters end badly when a man spends himself too rapidly and consumes himself like a meteor.

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