|The present is embodied in Hexagram 20 - Kuan (Contemplation): He should be like the worshipper who has washed his hands, but not yet presented his offerings. There must be sincerity and an appearance of dignity, commanding reverent regard.
|The first (bottommost) line, divided, shows the looking of a lad - not blamable in men of inferior rank, but matter for regret in superior men.
|The third line, divided, shows one looking at the course of his own life, to advance or recede accordingly.
|The fifth line, undivided, shows its subject contemplating his own life. A superior man, he will thus fall into no error.
|The sixth line, undivided, shows its subject contemplating his character to see if it be indeed that of a superior man. He will not fall into error.
|The situation is changing rapidly, but neither Yin (the passive feminine force) nor Yang (the active masculine force) is gaining ground.
|The future is embodied in Hexagram 36 - Ming I (Darkening of the Light): It will be advantageous to realize the difficulty of the position, and maintain firm correctness.
|The things most apparent, those above and in front, are embodied by the upper trigram Sun (Wind), which is transforming into K'un (Earth). As part of this process, penetration and following are giving way to docility and receptivity.
|The things least apparent, those below and behind, are embodied by the lower trigram K'un (Earth), which is transforming into Li (Fire). As part of this process, docility and receptivity are giving way to brightness and warmth.