A mountain under the earth.




Keeping still



Modesty. Success.

A wise man brings things to completion.


Mountain under the earth.


A wise man reduces excess and assesses people to create equality.



Here is a mountain that does not stand high. It is not a small mountain but it does not display its size.

People like modesty and dislike the proud and boastful. Modesty attracts help and allows things to be done easily and quickly. If something good has been done then it will be noticed. Claiming credit does not uplift people like modesty can. Modesty does not attract enemies and jealousy.

Keeping still within, while devoted outwardly, means that you are concerned about other people's situation and do not worry about your own situation.




1) 6 at the start

a) Modesty. The modesty of a wise man.
You are able to get things done. Good fortune.

b) The humble receive guidance.

This line represents a modest person in a modest position. Where no claims are made, no resistances arise. A humble person attracts help and advice. This is a situation where things can be done without attracting hostile attention.


2) 6 in 2nd throw

a) The mark of modesty. Perseverance brings good fortune.

b) He is modest in the depths of his heart.

If you are truly modest it shows in all your actions. This is a source of good fortune and influences people.


3) 9 in 3rd throw

a) A hard working, and modest, wise man achieves good fortune.

b) The people obey him.

This person is the modest ruler who works hard, achieves things, and does not do it for his own glory. Your modest attitude allows a difficult task to be brought to completion at the correct time.

Confucius said of this line: "When a man does not boast of his efforts, and does not count his merits a virtue, he is a man of great parts. It means that for all his merits he subordinates himself to others. Noble of nature, reverent in his conduct, the modest man is full of merit, and therefore he is able to maintain his position."


4) 6 in 4th throw

a) It is favourable in every way to show modesty.

b) He does not overstep the mark.

A modest attitude when going about doing things allows the work to be done properly without running into opposition. People with a bad attitude often overlook modest behaviour; this is an advantage. People with a good attitude do notice it.


5) 6 in 5th throw

a) Not wealthy but assisted. It is favourable to advance stealthily to end rebellion.
Nothing that would not be favourable.

b) Chastising not submitting.

Modesty in a leading position is not like weakness. It is good manners and a kind attitude. Some people may mistake this for weakness and try to take advantage. By not boasting of your strength you will fool your enemies and you can take them by surprise. It is favourable to do this.


6) 6 at the top

a) Modesty that comes to expression.
It is favourable to set armies marching to chastise one's own city and country.

b) The purpose is not yet attained.

A modest and courageous attitude in times of trouble can provoke powerful help to come down on your side. You should make use of this help.