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Yi Jing

  I - The Corners of the Mouth (Providing Nourishment)

     27.  I - The Corners of the Mouth (Providing Nourishment)

above     Kên    Keeping Still, Mountain
below     Chên   The Arousing, Thunder

     The Judgement

          The Corners of the Mouth.
          Perseverance brings good fortune.
          Pay heed to the providing of nourishment
          And to what a man seeks
          To fill his own mouth with.

     The Image

          At the foot of the mountain, thunder:
          The image of Providing Nourishment.
          Thus the superior man is careful of his words
          And temperate in eating and drinking.

     The Lines

          Nine at the beginning means:
          You let your magic tortoise go,
          And look at me with the corners of your mouth drooping.

          Six in the second place means:
          Turning to the summit for nourishment,
          Deviating from the path
          To seek nourishment from the hill.
          Continuing to do this brings misfortune.

          Six in the third place means:
          Turning away from nourishment.
          Perseverance brings misfortune.
          Do not act thus for ten years.
          Nothing serves to further.

          Six in the fourth place means:
          Turning to the summit
          For provision of nourishment
          Brings good fortune.
          Spying about with sharp eyes
          Like a tiger with insatiable craving.
          No blame.

          Six in the fifth place means:
          Turning away from the path.
          To remain persevering brings good fortune.
          One should not cross the great water.

          Nine at the top means:
          The source of nourishment.
          Awareness of danger brings good fortune.
          It furthers one to cross the great water.