|Name: The Star
||Ground: K'an, Tui, Kên
Lin / Approach
Lin / Approach
Above K'UN THE RECEPTIVE, EARTH
Below TUI THE JOYOUS, LAKE
Chinese word lin has a range of meanings that is not exhausted by any
single word of another language. The ancient explanations in the Book
of Changes give as its first meaning, "becoming great. " What becomes
great are the two strong lines growing into the hexagram from below;
the light-giving power expands with them. The meaning is then further
extended to include the concept of approach, especially the approach of
what is strong and highly placed in relation to what is lower. Finally
the meaning includes the attitude of condescension of a man in high
position toward the people, and in general the setting to work on
affairs. This hexagram is linked with the twelfth month
(January-February), when after the winter solstice, the light power
begins to ascend again.
APPROACH has supreme success.
When the eighth month comes,
There will be misfortune.
hexagram as a whole points to a time of joyous, hopeful progress.
Spring is approaching. Joy and forbearance bring high and low nearer
together. Success is certain. But we must work with determination and
perseverance to make full use of the propitiousness of the time. And on
thing more: spring does not last forever. In the eighth month the
aspects are reversed. Then only two strong, light lines are left; these
do not advance but are in retreat (see next hexagram). We must take
heed of this change in good time. If we meet evil before it becomes
reality–before it has even begun to stir–we can master it.
The earth above the lake:
The image of APPROACH.
Thus the superior man is inexhaustible
In his will to teach,
And without limits
In his tolerance and protection of the people.
earth borders upon the lake from above. This symbolizes the approach
and condescension of the man of higher position to those beneath him.
The two parts of the image indicate what his attitude toward these
people will be. Just as the lake is inexhaustible in depth, so the sage
is inexhaustible in his readiness to teach mankind, and just as the
earth is boundlessly wide, sustaining and caring for all creatures on
it, so the sage sustains and cares for all people and excludes no part