Upper Trigram:K'un, Passive Principle, Earth
Lower Trigram:Ch'ien, Creative Principle, Heaven
Governing Rulers:Nine in the second place
Six in the fifth place

The Image
The trigrams for heaven and earth in communication together; these form T'ai. The sage sovereign, in harmony with this, fashions and completes his regulations after the courses of heaven and earth, and assists the application of the adaptions furnished by them, in order to benefit the people.

Miscellaneous Signs
While P'i and T'ai their different scopes prefer, Ta Chuang stops here as right; withdraws Tun there.

The Judgement
In T'ai we see the little gone and the great come. There will be good fortune, with progress and success.

The little gone and the great come, in T'ai, and its indication of 'good fortune with progress and success', show us heaven and earth in mutual communication, and all things in consequence having free course; and also the high and the low in mutual communication and possessed by the same aim.
The inner trigram shows light, the outer shadow; the inner strength, the outer weakness and docility, the inner the superior man, the outer the small man. Thus the way of the superior man appears to be increasing, and that of the small man decreasing.

The Lines and commentaries
Bottom nine
Suggesting the idea of grass pulled up, and bringing with it other stalks of roots interconnected. Advance on the part of its subject will be fortunate.
The 'good fortune of advance', as suggested by 'the grass pulled up', arises from the subject's will being set on what is external to himself.
Nine in the second place
Showing one who can bear with the uncultivated, will cross the Ho without a boat, does not forget the distant, and has no selfish friendships. Thus does he prove himself acting in accordance with the course of the due mean.
'He bears with the uncultivated and proves himself acting in accordance with the due mean': for his intelligence is bright and his capacity great.
Nine in the third place
While there is no state of peace that is not liable to be disturbed, and no departure of evil men so that they shall not return, yet when one is firm and correct, as he realizes the distresses that may arise, he will commit no error. There is no occasion for sadness at the certainty of such changes and in this mood the present happiness may be enjoyed.
'There is no going away so that there shall not be a return', refers to this as the point where the interaction of heaven and earth takes place.
Six in the fourth place
Showing its subject fluttering down, not relying on his own rich resources, but calling in his neighbours. They come, not as having received warning, but in the sincerity of their hearts.
'He comes fluttering down, not relying on his own rich resources': both he and his neighbours have lost touch with reality.
'They have not received warning, but come in the sincerity of their hearts': this is what they have desired deep in their hearts.

Six in the fifth place
This line reminds us of king I's rule about the marriage of his younger sister. By such a course there is happiness and there will be great good fortune.
'By such a course there is happiness, and there will be great good fortune': the subject of the line employs the virtue proper to his central position, to carry his wishes into effect.
Top-most six
Showing the city wall returned back into the moat. It is not the time to use the army. The subject of the line may, indeed, announce his orders to the people of his own city; but however correct and firm he may be, he will have cause for regret.
'The city wall returned back into the moat', shows how the governmental orders have long been in disorder.

1. Ch'ien
Creative Principle

2. K'un
Passive Principle

3. Chun
Initial Difficulties

4. Meng
Youthful Inexperience

5. Hsü

6. Sung

7. Shih
The Army

8. Pi
Seeking Unity

9. Hsiao Ch'u
Minor Restraint

10. Lü
Treading carefully

11. T'ai

12. P'i

13. T'ung Jen

14. Ta Yu
Great Possessions

15. Ch'ien

16. Yü

17. Sui

18. Ku
Arresting Decay

19. Lin

20. Kuan

21. Shih Ho
Biting through

22. Pi

23. Po

24. Fu
The Turning Point

25. Wu Wang

26. Ta Ch'u
Restraining Force

27. I

28. Ta Kuo

29. K'an
The Abyss

30. Li
Clinging Brightness

31. Hsieh

32. Heng

33. Tun

34. Ta Chuang
Strength of Greatness

35. Chin

36. Ming I
Sinking Light

37. Chia Jen
The Family

38. K'uei

39. Chien

40. Hsieh

41. Sun

42. I

43. Kuai

44. Kou
Coming on

45. Ts'ui

46. Sheng
Moving upward

47. K'un

48. Ching
The Well

49. Ko

50. Ting
The Cauldron

51. Chen

52. Ken

53. Chien
Gradual Progress

54. Kuei Mei
Marriageable Maiden

55. Feng

56. Lü
The Wanderer

57. Sun
Gentle Penetration

58. Tui

59. Huan

60. Chien

61. Cung Fu
Inner Truth

62. Hsiao Kuo
Small Excess

63. Chi Chi
Completion and After

64. Wei Chi
Before Completion