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  • 7. Shih / The Army

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    --- --- above K'un The Receptive, Earth
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    ------- below K'an The Abysmal, Water
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    The Judgement

    The Army. The army needs perseverance
    And a strong man.
    Good fortune without blame.

    The Image

    In the middle of the earth is water:
    The image of The Army.
    Thus the superior man increases his masses
    By generosity toward the people.

    The Lines

    Change at the beginning means:
    An army must set forth in proper order.
    If the order is not good, misfortune threatens.
    Change in the second place means:
    In the midst of the army.
    Good fortune. No blame.
    The king bestows a triple decoration.
    Change in the third place means:
    Perchance the army carries corpses in the wagon.
    Change in the fourth place means:
    The army retreats. No blame.
    Change in the fifth place means:
    There is game in the field.
    It furthers one to catch it.
    Without blame.
    Let the eldest lead the army.
    The younger transports corpses;
    Then perseverance brings misfortune.
    Change at the top means:
    The great prince issues commands,
    Founds states, vests families with fiefs.
    Inferior people should not be employed.

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