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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 Five

Nine in the fifth place means:
Waiting at meat and drink.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

Meat and wine

Even in the midst of danger there come intervals of peace when things go relatively well. If we possess enough inner strength, we shall take advantage of these intervals to fortify ourselves for renewed struggle. We must know how to enjoy the moment without being deflected from the goal, for perseverance is needed to remain victorious.
This is true in public life as well; it is not possible to achieve everything all at once. The height of wisdom is to allow people enough recreation to quicken pleasure in their work till the task is completed. Herein lies the secret of the whole hexagram. It differs from Chien OBSTRUCTION (39), in the fact that in this instance, while waiting, we are sure of our cause and therefore do not lose the serenity born of inner cheerfulness.

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