A campfire under the sky.








Fellowship in the open.

Success comes in time,

a wise man perseveres.


Heaven with fire.


A wise man uses tribal groupings to organise the people.



Strength outside, and clarity inside, results in a peaceful gathering of people. Gatherings like this come about where people share common beliefs.

Gatherings that are based on private interests are not true fellowships. Clarity indicates enlightened leadership and freedom within the group. Strength provides protection and allows things to be done.

Fellowship in the open means a fellowship that is open to all and is not secretive or exclusive. True fellowship finds love and gets things done. It is necessary to organise and make distinctions, since people are all different, and this is a great advantage. However, you will only gain this advantage if people are able to follow their own lines of interest. This clarity leads to strength.




1) 9 at the start

a) Socialising by the gate. No blame.

b) Going out to meet people. Whose fault is this?

This line represents a friendship that starts openly and naturally during ordinary daily life. There may be people around who are jealous but they cannot put a stop to this situation.


2) 6 in 2nd throw

a) Socialising with the establishment. Humiliation.

b) The path to embarrassment.

This line says that if you are friendly with certain people, for whatever reason, then sometimes it will be embarrassing.


3) 9 in 3rd throw

a) He hides his weapons in a bush.
He climbs a high hill.
For three years he can do nothing.

b) A hard opponent prevents movement.

This line represents a person who is forced to be reasonable because he is not in a strong enough position to cause trouble.


4) 9 in 4th throw

a) Controlling the defenses. Not leading an attack. Good fortune.

b) Setting limits causes change.

This is a situation where the results are not obtained directly. Instead, the good fortune comes because your position sets correct limits on others.


5) 9 in 5th throw

a) People bound in fellowship at first weep and cry. Afterwards they laugh.
Great armies prevented them from meeting.

b) Your word gets through in the end.

This line predicts a happy outcome for the people who suffered obstructions at the beginning of their relationship.

Confucius said about this line: "Life leads the thoughtful man on a path of many windings. Now the course is checked; now it runs straight again. Here winged thoughts may pour freely forth as words; there the heavy burden of knowledge must be shut away in silence. However, when two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze. And when two people understand each other in their inmost hearts, their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids."


6) 9 at the top

a) Fellowship with men in the suburbs. No mistake.

b) The work is not finished yet.

This may be fellowship while at work and it is correct to continue with this at the present time.