Gentleman’s Arrangement of Images (Meditations On Yijing, Day 2)

圣人设卦观象,系辞焉而明吉凶,刚柔相推而生变化。是故,吉凶者,失得之象也。悔吝者,忧虞之象也。 变化者,进退之象也。刚柔者,昼夜之象也。六爻之动,三极之道也。是故,君子所居而安者,易之序也。所乐而玩者,爻之辞也。是故,君子居则观其象,而玩其辞;动则观其变,而玩其占。是以自天佑之,吉无不利。


What I see is the sage created the eight trigrams is to observe the hexagram images, and then added hexagram words to indicate the auspicious and dangerous situations of things.

Thus, auspicious and sinister situations are expressions of gain or loss (of good things). The situation of remorse and humiliation is the habit of being prepared for or suffering from grief. The change and transformation of things are the manifestations of the evolution and degeneration of things.

Masculinity and femininity are the manifestations of day or night. The change of the six lines is the embodiment of the law of change in the three aspects of heaven, earth and man.

Therefore, the principle for a gentleman is to stand up and be at ease is the order expressed in the Book of Changes. What I care about paying attention to is the lines of each hexagram.

Therefore, the gentleman usually observes the hexagrams and ponders both the hexagrams and the lines; when he takes action, he observes the changes of the hexagrams, and ponders the results of the divination. Therefore, it is possible to obtain the blessing, and it can be auspicious without any disadvantage.