11- Tai/ Advance (other translations, “Peace”), changing line 2 to 36- Ming Yi/ Brilliance injured (on one of my social media feeds, someone compared 36 to the lunar eclipse, which ishappening on the 15th, Full Flower Blood Supermoon 16th)
“There is an ancient Chinese saying that out of the depth of misfortune, comes bliss. This bliss is tai.” (Huang, 118)
The month it represents is the beginning of spring, the start of the lunar new year- February; the energy is like the spring and the promise it holds for the return and flourishing of the creative, life affirming season of the year.
Tai is considered “one of the most auspicious words in the Chinese language.” (Huang, 117). The pictograph shows a character that looks like the trigram for water, Kan, flowing smoothly beneath a picture of a “great person”- “da ren”. Everything flows without obstruction is the theme and feel of this hexagram. The trigrams show that Heaven (below) and Earth (above) are moving in communion and harmony.
Line 2: “Embracing great rivers, / Fighting a tiger with bare hands. / Crossing a river with bare feet. /Abandon not the remote; / Cliques dissolve. / Obtain esteem by walking on the central path.” (120)
“The yin place (of the second line) bestows temperament of kindness and generosity (also virtues of the springtime/east/ liver systems in 5 element theory). In this way, one is capable of bearing with the uncultured and relying on great courage-… and advance without fear of remote places. One is able to eliminate selfishness in relationships and to act in accordance with the central way.” (123). This is combing ability with the wisdom of experience and demonstrating it- thus completing the Dao of Heaven and of Earth.
36- Ming yi/ Bril