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The Receptive | 

Hexagram 2

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By: James Byrd

I.The Oracle 

A. Hexagram 2 is Kun or Field. Additional variations include The Receptive, Acquiesce or the Natural Flow. Hexagram 2’s lower trigram is field or earth, and its upper trigram is identical.    

B. The Judgment

   1. The Receptive brings about sublime success,
       Furthering through the perseverance of a mare.
       If the superior man undertakes something and tries to lead, 
       He goes astray; But if he follows, he finds guidance.
   2. It is favorable to find friends in the west and south, 

       To forego friends in the east and north.  
       Quiet perseverance brings good fortune.

C. The Image

  1. The earth’s condition is receptive devotion.
  2. Thus the superior man who has a breadth of character 

       Carries the outer world.

II. Another interpretation 

A. “The Receptive.”

“Above all, honor thy mother.”  — James B. 

“Be receptive and spacious like the ocean; let the river of changes flow to you. You might allow a partner to take the lead for now. Strive for a natural responsiveness that is based on inner strength rather than outer show. You will be able to go further by letting go of control rather than forging ahead under your own steam. Receptive power arises through alignment with creative power, not in opposition to it.” — Credit | iChing 2: Receptive Power (

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