|64. Wei Chi|
Fire on the water: the image of Wei Chi. The superior man, in accordance with this, carefully discriminates among the qualities of things, and the different positions they naturally occupy.
Kuei Mei reveals how ends the virgin life; Wei Chi how fails the youth to get a wife.
Wei Chi intimates progress and success in the circumstances which it implies. However, if the young fox, when it has nearly crossed the stream, gets its tail immersed, there will be no advantage in any way.
'Wei Chi intimates progress and success in the circumstances which it implies': the weak fifth line is in the centre. 'The young fox has nearly crossed the stream': but he has not yet escaped from the midst of danger.
'Its tail gets immersed; there will be no advantage in any way': there is not, at the end, a continuance of the purpose at the beginning. Although the places of the different lines are not those appropriate to them, yet the strong and the weak lines respond to each other.
The Lines and commentaries
Showing its subject as a fox whose tail gets immersed. There will be occasion for regret.
'His tail gets immersed': at the very height of ignorance.Nine in the second place
Showing its subject dragging back his carriage-wheels. With firmness and correctness there will be good fortune.
'Good fortune arising from being firm and correct': the line is in the centre, and its subject's action thereby becomes correct.Six in the third place
Showing its subject, with the state of things not yet remedied, advancing on; which will lead to evil. Yet there will be advantage in trying to cross the great stream.
'The state of things is not yet remedied; advancing will lead to evil': the place of the line is not that appropriate for it.Nine in the fourth place
Firm correctness will lead to good fortune, causing all occasion for repentance to disappear. Let its subject stir himself up, as if he were invading the Demon region, where for three years rewards will come to him and his troops, from the great kingdom.
'By firm correctness there is good fortune, and cause for repentance disappears': the aim of its subject is carried into effect.Six in the fifth place
Showing its subject by firm correctness obtaining good fortune, and having no occasion for repentance. We see in him the brightness of a superior man, and the possession of sincerity. There will be good fortune.
'The brightness of a superior man': the diffusion of that brightness tends to good fortune.Top-most nine
Showing its subject full of confidence and therefore feasting quietly. There will be no error. If he cherish this confidence till he gets his head immersed, it will fail of what is right.
'He drinks and gets his head immersed': he does not know how to submit to the proper regulations.