Hexagram 40 "Deliverance" Oracle of Love
40 -- Liberation -- HEXAGRAM Cleary (1): For liberation, the southwest is beneficial. .. This is a parasitic relationship, which may become habitual. Deliverance In the realm of human relations, the rain of forgiveness can wash the human landscape clean after a conflicted period of Line 1 (bottom line). The hexagram describes a release from constraint that coincides with a powerful urge to move, so that the release is explosive, like a seedpod bursting.
In times of great opportunity or crisis, it is better to have a weak person as an enemy than as an ally.
...life can be translucent
Line 5 Letting go of negative influences requires inner resolve and strength of character. Weak people who have attached themselves to a stronger one are not easily shaken off. The only way to free yourself from unwanted or unnecessary associations is to free yourself from them inwardly first.
Sooner or later, they will get the message, and fall away of their own accord. Tolerating unhealthy relationships and associations for too long brings misfortune. Line 6 top line When your main obstacle is a cunning adversary, forceful removal of that person from the scene may be the only option. When such drastic measures are called for, quick, precise action is necessary. As the element of surprise may be critical to your success, discuss your plans only with those who have a real need to know.
You are set free from opposing forces, and real love is indicated on your path. Some communication challenges will still lie ahead, but the stage has been set for true love to come into your life. Dreams are destined to come to fruition.
Clear the air of any remaining tensions and grievances. It will prove very helpful to write a kindly-worded letter to someone. This is a time when you will find it easy to forgive and forget.
Worries will wash away like water. Your heart will open effortlessly.
But be strongly advised: You must consciously seek to escape the pitfalls of the past. Changes in Line 1 "Proceeding with Courage" Progress is steady, like a new leaf growing toward the sky. Set your sites on a special someone or a particular outcome and don't stray from your target. This hexagram symbolizes thunder and rain bringing release.
The Superior Man tends to forgive wrongs and deals leniently with crimes. Thunder and rain come, symbolizing Liberation. The superior man forgives errors and pardons criminals. A chun tzu uses forgiving excess to pardon offenses. Thunder and rain act, dissolving.
Thus do superior people forgive faults and pardon crimes. Thunder and rain — solution. There come thunder and rain; this is Relief. Thus the jun zi pardons inadvertent transgressors and extenuates Sic criminal offenders.Goodie's I Ching - #16 Enthusiasm (Hexagram)
Liberation shows the trigram of Movement above the trigram of Danger -- through movement there is an escape from peril. An early movement to the southwest wins the allegiance of the masses and returns the state to normalcy and equilibrium. When heaven and earth are freed from the grasp of winter, we have thunder and rain. When these come, the buds of the fruit-producing vegetation begin to open. Great indeed are the phenomena in the time ofLiberation.
The written Chinese character for Liberation is the symbol of unloosing -- untying a knot or unraveling a complication. This hexagram denotes a condition in which the obstruction and difficulty of the preceding figure have been removed. The lesson is how this new and better state of the kingdom should be dealt with. If no tasks remain to be completed, the sooner things resume their normal course the better.
If further operations are necessary, let them be accomplished without delay. The K'ang-hsi editors say that moving to the south and west is the same as returning to normality. Thunder and rain clear the atmosphere, and a feeling of oppression is relieved.
The images of springtime in the Confucian commentary refer to the gentle policy of a conquering ruler who forgives the opposition of those who cease to offer resistance. Do what obviously needs to be done and return to stability as soon as possible. The Superior Man forgives, forgets, and bears no grudges. If the thirty-ninth hexagram of Impasse is turned upside down it becomes the fortieth hexagram of Liberation or Deliverance. The two figures represent opposite situations: The upper trigram of Movement ascends to escape from the lower trigram of Danger, giving us an unambiguous image of freedom and relief.
Apart from all personification, the whole of space in which life finds itself has a malevolently spiritual character, and the "demons" themselves are as much spatial realms as they are persons. To overcome them is the same thing as to pass through them, and in breaking through their boundaries this passage at the same time breaks their power and achieves the liberation from the magic of their sphere.
Jonas --The Gnostic Religion Legge's commentary in the preceding hexagram explains that the "southwest" is the direction of "earth," the fertile lowland where life is natural and uncontrived. Confucius tells us here that an early move in this direction will win the "allegiance of the masses. The symbolism suggests a conscious freeing up of inner tension. These forces, therefore, must not be left to run wild, but should be disposed of in harmless ways or, better still, used for constructive purposes: Roberto Assagioli -- Psychosynthesis Legge: The first line, magnetic, shows that its subject will commit no error.
There is no trouble. The dynamic fourth line and the magnetic first line are in correlation. We judge rightly in saying that its subject will commit no error. On the border between firm and yielding there should be no blame.
Solid and supple's border. Righteous, without fault indeed. At the border of hard and soft, etc. Where the strong-minded and the softhearted meet, there is on balance no error. There is a magnetic line instead of a dynamic one in the first place, but this is compensated for by her dynamic fourth line correlate. At the outset, the man is freed from obstacles and is recuperating in peace. You have surmounted the difficulties in your current endeavor. The path has been cleared and progress will continue.
Use this time to consolidate your position. Blofeld's interpretation of the Confucian commentary is anomalous -- correctness is found in the tension between lines one and four not one and two.
To be magnetic in a dynamic place and dynamic in a magnetic place suggests a continuous adjustment to changing circumstances. Wilhelm's Confucian commentary provides a good image of this kind of adaptation: Fortunate, indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself, and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use, be it great or be it small. A position of dynamic as opposed to static balance between opposing forces is free of error.
The second line, dynamic, shows its subject catch, in hunting, three foxes, and obtain the yellow golden arrows. With firm correctness there will be good fortune. One kills three foxes in the field and receives a yellow arrow. Perseverance brings good fortune. With one yellow arrow, he killed three foxes in the field. One catches three foxes in the field and gains a yellow golden arrow.
40 Deliverance/Liberating JIE | I Ching: Mothering Change
To continue brings good fortune. The fields, catching three foxes. Acquiring a yellow arrow. In the fields bagging three foxes, and getting a yellow arrowhead; determination is auspicious. Catching three foxes on a hunt, having golden arrows, correctness brings good fortune. Catching the third fox on a hunt, finding a yellow arrow, etc. The hunter bags three foxes and finds a yellow arrow. It will be auspicious with perseverance.
The good fortune is because he holds the due mean. The good fortune is due to its attaining the middle way. The good fortune of being able to steer a middle course.
Acquiring centering tao indeed. Attaining the way of balance. Because he takes a middle road. The second line is dynamic, but the place is magnetic, so his strength is tempered.
As the correlate of the ruler in line five, he is an officer striving to bring about deliverance and pacify the subdued kingdom. He is compared to a hunter who disposes of inferior men, represented by the three foxes.
He receives the yellow arrows, the instruments of war or hunting, whose color is correct and whose form is straight. The K'ang-hsi editors say that while straight-forwardness, symbolized by the arrows, is the first duty of an officer, if he doesn't temper that quality by pursuing the due mean, symbolized by their yellow color, and instead proceeds by main force to remove what is evil, he will provoke indignation and rebellion.
The man proceeds at a proper pace and with moderation to remove the designing individuals, who influence the ruler through flattery and obstruct public progress. The situation may be in the hands of inferior individuals who use unworthy methods to influence those in authority. You must now be particularly straightforward and virtuous while discrediting their efforts. The arrow has associations similar to the sword — the discriminating function. To shoot an arrow into the heart of the matter is to pierce its essence, to comprehend it completely.
Color of the mean, of the sun — suggests wisdom which comes from clarity: Common Asian symbol for evil, especially its wily or tricky aspects. Symbol of dialectical synthesis or completion, as is the concept of the mean. The line images a situation in which careful discrimination perceives the elements of a problem. Therefore, the doubts which have arisen in your heart out of ignorance should be slashed by the weapon of knowledge.
I Ching Hexagram #40:
Armed with yoga, O Bharata, stand and fight. Balanced insight into the situation differentiates and eliminates harmful elements. The third line, magnetic, shows a porter with his burden, yet riding in a carriage. He will only tempt robbers to attack him. However firm and correct he may try to be, there will be cause for regret. If a man carries a burden on his back and nonetheless rides in a carriage, he thereby encourages robbers to draw near.
Perseverance leads to humiliation. Traveling with both luggage-bearers and a carriage, he attracted the attention of robbers. To persist would bring misfortune. In any case, the Chinese additional commentaries explain that the passage refers to those who usurp privileges to which they are not entitled by rank or merit.
A man carries goods on his back and rides in a carriage — thus invites robbers to come.