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Yi Jing

  Ching - The Well

     48.  Ching - The Well

above     K'an   The Abysmal, Water
below     Sun    The Gentle, Wind

     The Judgement

          The Well. The town may be changed,
          But the well cannot be changed.
          It neither decreases nor increases.
          They come and go and draw from the well.
          If one gets down almost to the water
          And the rope does not go all the way,
          Or the jug breaks, it brings misfortune.

     The Image

          Water over wood: the image of the Well.
          Thus the superior man encourages the people at their work,
          And exhorts them to help one another.

     The Lines

          Six at the beginning means:
          One does not drink the mud of the well.
          No animals come to an old well.

          Nine in the second place means:
          At the wellhole one shoots fishes.
          The jug is broken and leaks.

          Nine in the third place means:
          The well is cleaned, but no one drinks from it.
          This is my heart's sorrow,
          For one might draw from it.
          If the king were clear-minded,
          Good fortune might be enjoyed in common.

          Six in the fourth place means:
          The well is being lined. No blame.

          Nine in the fifth place means:
          In the well there is a clear, cold spring
          From which one can drink.

          Six at the top means:
          One draws from the well
          Without hindrance.
          It is dependable.
          Supreme good fortune.