The Hsieh Hexagram 40

I Ching - Loosening/Deliverence, Hsieh (KIEH)

Keyword: Liberation.
Symbolic of freedom from or liberation.

Chên above K'an
Number 40

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King Wan's explanation of the Hsieh Hexagram

In Hsieh we have the trigram expressive of peril going on to that expressive of movement. By movement there is an escape from the peril: this is the meaning of Hsieh.
In the state indicated by Hsieh, advantage will be found in the southwest: the movement thus intimated will win all. That there will be good fortune in coming back to the old conditions shows that such action is that of the due medium. That if some operations be necessary, there will be good fortune in the early conducting of them shows that such operations will be successful.
When heaven and earth are freed from the grasp of winter, we have thunder and rain. When these come, the buds of the plants and trees that produce the various fruits begin to burst. Great indeed are the phenomena in the time intimated by Hsieh.


Hsieh. Line translations by Dr. James Legge.

In (the state indicated by) Kieh advantage will be found in the south-west. If no (further) operations be called for, there will be good fortune in coming back (to the old conditions). If some operations be called for, there will be good fortune in the early conducting of them.

The Lines

1. The first Yin line, divided, shows that its subject will commit no error.

2. The second Yang line, undivided, shows its subject catch, in hunting, three foxes, and obtain the yellow (golden) arrows. With firm correctness there will be good fortune.

3. The third Yin line, divided, 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.

4. (To the subject of) the fourth Yang line, undivided, (it is said), 'Remove your toes. Friends will (then) come, between you and whom there will be mutual confidence.

5. The fifth Yin line, divided, shows (its subject), the superior man (= the ruler), executing his function of removing (whatever is injurious to the idea of the hexagram), in which case there will he good fortune, and confidence in him will be shown even by the small men.

6. In the sixth Yin line, divided, we see a feudal prince (with his bow) shooting at a falcon on the top of a high wall, and hitting it. (The effect of his action) will be in every way advantageous.

Hsieh. Line translations by the Duke of Kau

The trigram representing thunder and that for rain, with these phenomena in a state of manifestation, form Hsieh. The superior man, in accordance with this, forgives errors, and deals gently with crimes.

The Lines

1. The strong (fourth) line and the weak line here are in correlation: we judge rightly in saying that its subject will commit no error.

2. The good fortune springing from the firm correctness of the second line, undivided, is due to its subject holding the due mean.

3. For a porter with his burden to be riding in a carriage is a thing to be ashamed of. It is he himself that tempts the robbers to come: on whom besides can we lay the blame.

4. Remove your toes: the places of this line and of the third and first are all inappropriate to them.

5. When the superior man executes his function of removing whatever is injurious to the idea of the hexagram, small men will of themselves retire.

6. A prince with his bow shoots a falcon: thus he removes the promoters of rebellion.

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