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I Ching Hexagram #63:


How to interpret "Completion"

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A transition from chaos to order is referenced by this hexagram. You have come a long way but the journey is not over. Like a traveler who has traversed a difficult and wide river, you appear to approach your destination. But the river bank is not the final stopping place. The most difficult work is over, but the wise person never stops moving onward in incremental steps. You are entering new territory and it will be smooth going at first. A new relationship or project will get off to the perfect beginning. But stay balanced internally and externally, or else the road ahead could become bumpy. Completion and beginning are deeply connected. Only one part of your journey is ending.

Changes in Line 1

"Tail Dipping in Water"

As you cross a wide river, there will be some obstacles that slow you down and cause your "tail" to drag. Keep your focus. Don't let the obstacles distract you from what you sincerely want.

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"Losing One's Veil"

This is a time when you may feel vulnerable and unprotected. This line is a reminder to develop your own inner strength and to get your sense of protection from within your own heart.

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"Employing the Wise"

Gather the strongest team possible. In business, don't hire anyone who you think is unsuitable. In personal life, don't ask an unwise person to assist you.

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"Fine Clothes Turn to Rags"

As you step forward into a new project/idea/relationship, there are bound to be some people who don't support your progress. Problems can be avoided by staying alert. Be proactive and stay focused on taking the step that is directly in front of you, or else your fine garb will soon deteriorate.

Changes in Line 5

"Trusting the Simple"

Simple actions and ways of seeking guidance (spiritual or otherwise) will prove far more valuable at this time than elaborate plans, thoughts and complicated processes. Current problems can be alleviated through simple and natural means.

Changes in Line 6

"Raising Your Head Above the Water"

Raising your head above the water is symbolic of letting go of resistance. Don't struggle for air where it cannot be found. Raise your head above the water, and then take care of business. Breathe and travel smoothly by changing thoughts of resistance into thoughts of persistence.

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