The sky over a lake, the difference between high and low.







Treading on the tail of a tiger.

It does not bite you.





Heaven above, a lake below.


A wise man knows the difference between what is high and what is low, and uses this to improve the thinking of the ordinary people.

Relations between people are governed by conduct. It is a serious and complicated process, and must be done with care, and thought. Good manners work; even with wild and dangerous people. The image says you can tread on the tail of a tiger, and survive, providing you tread carefully enough. Good conduct sets a good example and avoids unnecessary troubles.




1) 9 at the start

a) The humble path has been followed. No blame.

b) Alone following a wish.

Good conduct, even in a humble situation, leads to progress. A creative person, left on his own, will find something useful to do. If you wish to do something it is often an advantage to be away from the distractions of other people.


2) 9 in 2nd throw

a) Treading the smooth tranquil path. Perseverance with shy people leads to good fortune.

b) Moderation does not cause confusion.

Sometimes the best results come because of quiet patient work carried out over a period of time.


3) 6 in 3rd throw

a) A one-eyed man is able to see, a lame man is able to tread.
He treads on the tail of a tiger.
The tiger bites the man.
This is how a soldier should follow the king's orders.

b) His will is firm but he does not see clearly.

If you are a soldier, and you are ordered to step on a tiger's tail, then you will have to do it. If you decide to do it, then perhaps you did not see clearly that it was a tiger, or you cannot tread carefully enough. This line represents misfortune due to deliberate bad conduct or a lack of care and judgement. It does not say "you", it says "the man", so possibly you are the tiger, but think carefully.


4) 9 in 4th throw

a) Treading on the tail of a tiger. Pleading your case will lead in the end to good fortune.

b) Pleading brings good fortune it causes a change of heart.

By presenting yourself correctly, and arguing your case well, you are able to do something that would normally get you into trouble.


5) 9 in 5th throw

a) Decisive treading. Perseverance brings danger.

b) This is appropriate to correct the situation.

Sometimes it is necessary to be decisive, and face some danger, in order to get something done.


6) 9 at the top

a) Observing your conduct the spirits are pleased.
When everything is fulfilled supreme good fortune comes.

b) Greatness brings blessing.

This means that your conduct has been good and it has been noticed. At some time in the future good fortune will come to you because of it.