Xü: Waiting (Needing

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I Ching 5 The Tao indicates that we need food to nourish the body and spirit. Peasants did not worry about the sunshine, the air and the soil. These were always abundant. Their major concern was water, largely depending on the rainfall. Xü shows this need for rain. When one needs something and cannot acquire it immediately, waiting is necessary. In this way, the meaning of needing extends to waiting. Water over Heaven: danger over strength. When strength is obstructed, then patience is demanded.

Needing: Requiring faith and confidence to wait; Danger lies ahead. Needing, being sincere and faithful. There will be brilliant success. Be steadfast and upright. Good fortune Clouds ascending in the sky. An image of needing. In correspondence with this, the superior person eats and drinks, feasting with joy. (From Alfred Huang: The Complete I Ching)
Irma Walter 2010

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