48- Jing/ The Well
Associated with June; Kan/ Water over Xun/ Wood/ Wind; host is top six
The original pictograph for Jing shows a grid of 9 squares with a dot in the center square. (for those more in to Daoist esoterics- maybe a symbol of the magic square?) This was a reference to a type of land arrangement where the local government, or a lord of the plot operated from the center, which was also the place where the well which provided the people of a village fresh, relatively inexhaustible supply of water.
The Zhou dynasty adopted this Jing land system. While the government owned the lands, they were divided into equal portions, with the landowner/local authorities in the middle and eight families given plots around it of 16.47 acres. All of the families worked to maintain the middle ground and the well and developed their own land in their spare time. A young man would be given a plot of land when he was of age and then, when he grew too old to work, he gave the land back to the community. Four plots of Jing land made up a village. Since everyone gathered around the well in the plot, it became a marketplace (of commerce, ideas, meetings) and a source of replenishment beyond water that quenches thirst.
Line 2: Water is at the bottom of the well, but there is not a way to bring it up because the bucket is faulty; it leaks out and flows away
Line 6: The work done in the previous hexagrams has been completed and the well which nourishes the people is operating, the water is clear and good to drink- this is like a legacy that has been laid out for the benefit of all of society. This line is the host of the hexagram, meaning it is the best placed in the series of lines.
Opposite: Eradicating- 21- Shi He [Biting through the obstacles to relationship]
Inverse: Exhausting- 47- Kun (previous in King Wen arr) Depletion (necessitating a renewal, replenishment, which what 48 is about)
Mutual: Diversity- 38- Kui [strength in multiple perspectives brought about by a variety of individuals or cultures.]
53- Jian/ Developing Gradually