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  • 51. Chên / The Arousing (Shock, Thunder)

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    The Judgement

    Shock brings success.
    Shock comes--oh, oh!
    Laughing words--ha, ha!
    The shock terrifies for a hundred miles,
    And he does not let fall the sacrificial spoon and chalice.

    The Image

    Thunder repeated: the image of Shock.
    Thus in fear and trembling
    The superior man sets his life in order
    And examines himself.

    The Lines

    Change at the beginning means:
    Shock comes--oh, oh!
    Then follow laughing words--ha, ha!
    Good fortune.
    Change in the second place means:
    Shock comes bringing danger.
    A hundred thousand times
    You lose your treasures
    And must climb the Change hills.
    Do not go in pursuit of them.
    After seven days you will get them back.
    Change in the third place means:
    Shock comes and makes one distraught.
    If shock spurs to action
    One remains free of misfortune.
    Change in the fourth place means:
    Shock is mired.
    Change in the fifth place means:
    Shock goes hither and thither.
    However, nothing at all is lost.
    Yet there are things to be done.
    Change at the top means:
    Shock brings ruin and terrified gazing around.
    Going ahead brings misfortune.
    If is has not yet touched one's own body
    But has reached one's neighbor first,
    There is no blame.
    One's comrades have something to talk about.

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