Fire on the water.







Not crossing the rivers yet.


A small fox at a muddy crossing place gets his tail wet.

Nothing favourable.


Fire on the water.

Not crossing yet.

A wise man thinks carefully to understand all the different people who live around him.


Crossing a river is dangerous if there is no bridge. If you have to cross you must look for a natural crossing place; a ford where the water is shallow and the ground is firm. Even this is not enough since there is also a question of timing. If it has recently rained or the spring thaw is underway it will be sensible to wait.
This chapter is about waiting and not crossing yet. If you are about to go through a transition in your life you should think more about the correct timing.




1) 6 at the start

a) Getting his tail wet. Humiliating.

b) Not knowing when to stop.

If you try to cross when it is the wrong time; probably because you do not wish to wait, it will result in an embarrassing failure.


2) 9 in 2nd throw

a) Dragging the wheels back.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

b) He acts moderately and correctly.

This is someone who holds back at the correct time. Restraint is necessary and brings good fortune later.


3) 6 in 3rd throw

a) Before crossing, punishments bring misfortune.
It will be favourable to pursue important goals.

b) The situation is not yet appropriate.

This is another warning to hold back. It is less general than the previous two lines. You can take some risks and travel, if necessary, but do not go on the offensive.


4) 9 in 4th throw

a) Perseverance brings good fortune.
Remorse disappears.
Shock creates discipline in the people on all sides.
After three years great rewards come from the great city.

b) What is willed is done.

A surprise offensive will be successful and will lead to the results you hope for.


5) 6 in 5th throw

a) Perseverance brings good fortune.
No remorse.
The light of a wise man.
Truthfulness leads good fortune.

b) Your enlightenment brings good fortune.

You have a good attitude and you are in a good position. The worst is over and better times are on the way. You will soon be able to make your crossing successfully.


6) 9 at the top

a) Truthful and sincere enjoying a drink. No blame.
If one gets drunk the truth will soon be lost.

b) You are not aware of what you say.

The last line carries another warning. It is still possible to lose everything, right at the last minute, by being too relaxed and careless. If you have important things to do you must be constantly careful and never be careless and drunk. After a time of waiting a celebration is natural, and so is a farewell drink with friends, but you need to be moderate or there will be problems.