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Hexagram 23
Po - Splitting Apart

yin above: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
yin below: K'un / The Receptive, Earth
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Hexagram Twenty-Three/Line Five

Six in the fifth place means:
A shoal of fishes. Favour comes through the court ladies.
Everything acts to further.

Mackerel shoal

Here, in immediate proximity to the strong, light-giving principle at the top, the nature of the dark force undergoes a change. It no longer opposes the strong principle by means of intrigues but submits to its guidance. Indeed, as the head of the other weak lines, it leads all of these to the strong line, just as a princess leads her maids-in-waiting like a shoal of fishes to her husband and thus gains his favour. Inasmuch as the lower element thus voluntarily places itself under the higher, it attains happiness and the higher also receives its due. Therefore all goes well.

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