Fire on the mountain.




Keeping still




Success because of adaptability.

Perseverance brings good fortune.


Fire on the mountain.


A wise man thinks carefully before punishing or continuing disputes.


The meaning of this chapter is how to go about as a stranger and get on with people. If you must go about in places where you do not know people, and you have no position or rank, then you must keep a correct attitude of mind.

If you do things in the right way you can do well. If you go wrong you can get into serious troubles. In general, you must display a humble yet dignified attitude, and you must avoid being drawn into disputes.

Fire on a mountain tends to stay small and move around. You must always be prepared to work at small things and move around if necessary.




1) 6 at the start

a) Petty, trivial, and annoying when travelling.
Leaves home and gets into trouble.

b) Stupidity leads to calamity.

This line represents someone who forgets he is not at home and gets involved in foolish things. Since he is unable to understand the full situation he mistakenly annoys somebody and this gets him into trouble.


2) 6 in 2nd throw

a) The traveller comes to a resting-place.
Carrying his possessions with him.
Through perseverance he gains a young follower.

b) Completing in a humble manner.

During a period of travelling there may come a time where you have somewhere to stay, things to do, and friends to help. This is a good situation and it should be continued until it is time to travel again. Alternatively, it may just be that you meet someone helpful while you are out someplace.


3) 9 in 3rd throw

a) The traveller burns his resting-place.
He loses his young follower.
Perseverance brings danger.

b) He associates with bad people and loses his righteousness.

This is a situation where a person who is dependent on help to maintain his position becomes arrogant and annoys those who help him. He mixes with bad people and attracts trouble. This results in him losing his home and other things that he took for granted.


4) 9 in 4th throw

a) Travelling, tending towards settling.
Gaining property and status.
My heart is not cheerful.

b) Not keen at heart.

A traveller may reach a stage where he has a place to stay, some things to do, and some property of his own. This line indicates that things are not yet satisfactory; some changes will be needed before you can settle-down properly.


5) 6 in 5th throw

a) He shoots a pheasant; it drops with the first arrow.
In the end this brings praise and status.

b) Noticed by those above.

Here the traveller does something useful or impressive. Somebody influential notices this.


6) 9 at the top

a) A bird burning its nest.
The traveler laughs at first then he sobs and weeps.
He forgets about his work and lets his attention wander.

b) Reports will say that he achieves absolutely nothing.

This is someone who becomes arrogant when in a good position. He ignores good advice and prefers to have fun. He becomes lazy, and careless, and this inevitably brings losses, and trouble, so in the end he loses his good position.