I Ching Hexagram 58 – Tui / The Joyous, Lake
My Comment: Today’s energies are so unusual and remarkable that I was moved to consult the I Ching. The first hexagram was thunder over thunder (#51) with two changing lines. The transformed hexagram is then #58, lake over lake, joyous over joyous. I find the English translation of Wilhelm’s original text of Tui so uplifting that I am posting it for your joyous enjoyment:
This hexagram, like Sun, is one of the eight formed by doubling of a trigram. The trigram Tui denotes the youngest daughter; it is symbolised by the smiling lake, and its attribute is
joyousness. Contrary to appearances, it is not the yielding quality of the top line that accounts for joy here. The attribute of the yielding or dark principle is not joy but melancholy. However, joy is indicated by the fact that there are two strong lines within, expressing themselves through the medium of gentleness. True joy, therefore, rests on firmness and strength within, manifesting itself outwardly as yielding and gentle.
Perseverance is favourable.
The joyous mood is infectious and therefore brings success. But joy must be based on
steadfastness if it is not to degenerate into uncontrolled mirth. Truth and strength must dwell in the heart, while gentleness reveals itself in social intercourse. In this way one assumes the right attitude toward God and man and achieves something. Under certain conditions, intimidation without gentleness may achieve something momentarily, but not for all time. When, on the other hand, the hearts of men are won by friendliness, they are led to take all hardships upon themselves willingly, and if need be will not shun death itself, so great is the power of joy over men.