The Receptive (坤)

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Great receptivity attracts exceptional results. A natural responsiveness brings about success through support and perseverance, rather than through bold action. Thus, the wise person demonstrates strength like a powerful but gentle mare. This hexagram, consisting of all yin lines, represents a power of the feminine principle no longer honored in our modern world, but such receptivity is most auspicious.

The receptive force is sensual as well as powerful, and it can be missed by too much talk and planning. When spring comes, does the grass “plan” to grow? This is a time to concentrate on realities rather than potentials – with how to respond to a situation rather than how to direct it. The mature mare lets herself be guided by a higher power, and is skilled at graceful acceptance. In a strong spiritual way, her quiet contribution is most effective, and brings success.

Do not be too assertive at this time, for if you try to direct things, you are liable to become confused or alienated. Take your time. Draw strength from carefulness and you will be doubly fortunate. Focus more on feeling than on action. Be broad and deep in your attitudes so that you can accept everything that comes your way with grace and equanimity. Be receptive and spacious like the ocean; let the river of changing developments flow to you. Allow others to take the lead for now. Strive for a pure natural responsiveness that is based on inner strength rather than outer show.

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Something in your situation is foreboding, like the first frost of autumn which warns of the deadly cold of winter. Heed any small warning signs that you see at this time. Prepare yourself. Gather firewood now and you will be prepared to fend off the fiercest cold. Watch for signs of approaching decay.

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Let movement and stillness meet. When action springs naturally from inner calm, and proceeds to harmonize with external creative forces, all is well. Good results are achieved without artifice, complex intentions or great effort.

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Leave the pursuit of fame and praise to others. Focus on accepting yourself. Freedom from vanity can be a powerful force. Do not display your virtue for all to see, but nurture it within yourself. Attempt to be of service and your life will improve by itself. Allow fruit to ripen slowly. Quiet effort is called for now.

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If things are not going well, be reserved and act with caution. It’s possible that an antagonistic force has been aroused against you, causing everything you do to be misunderstood. Avoid challenging this force; that would only bring about hateful retaliation. On the other hand, avoid the appearance of capitulation, which could allow the force to gather strength against you. Maintain your reserve and caution, and lose yourself either in solitude, or in the tumult of the crowd. Don’t let yourself be a target.

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When called to play an important role in an organization, or on a team, success comes from reliability and discretion. Deal with everyone politely and kindly, and you will secure greater influence. Discretion is essential at this time.

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Beware of troublesome relationships or confusion over personal boundaries. Do not try to gain a position to which you may not be entitled. When boundaries are not clearly defined, both dogs and nations quarrel. If you attempt to change your role at this time, a bloody battle may ensue. Slow down. Do not act until roles and responsibilities have been made clear.