Water flowing underground.







Leading: Perseverance.

People worthy of respect bring good fortune.

No blame.


Waters in the centre of the Earth.


A wise man accepts the common people and in this way he gathers an army.


This chapter is about how to gain support from people and about how to be a leader.

It is necessary to be able to get on with ordinary people but also to have the support of people who are respected.

An army is not only used in war; here it may represent people who you know who would help you if you needed help with something.


7 Lines

1) 6 at the start

a) The army sets out to follow orders.
This does not promote humane conduct. Misfortune.

b) Releasing orders brings misfortune.

If you send people out to achieve some objective they may use methods that you would not like, or expect, and it will be your fault.


2) 9 in 2nd throw

a) At the centre of the army moderation brings good fortune. No blame.
A series of awards from the king.

b) You have the welfare of the people at heart.

This line represents the person who leads the army; the commander. This is a position that can lead to great rewards; but only if you have the necessary moderation and wisdom.


3) 6 in 3rd throw

a) The army carries dead weight. Misfortune.

b) The noble and great achieve nothing.

Dead weight means that there are people in your army that are only a burden. They should be removed as soon as possible; and they may not be just some foot soldiers.


4) 6 in 4th throw

a) The reserves make camp. No blame.

b) Not yet anything unusual.

There are times when a pause for rest and recovery is correct and not a mistake.


5) 6 in 5th throw

a) There is food in the fields. Harvest it and continue talking. No blame.
If the eldest son leads the army out the youngest son will carry corpses. Misfortune.

b) The wrong person to place in control.

The advice here is that things are satisfactory, as they are at present, and this is not the correct time to try anything.


6) 6 at the top

a) The great leader has victory, frees the city, is given a house.
Evil people should not be employed.

b) A new way is needed.

At the end of the time of leading there is victory. Here the ruler rewards those who have contributed during the struggle. There is a warning here that positions of power should not be given to people who might abuse it. Talented and enlightened people will be needed in order to make the new start a success. If rewards are owed to people of dubious character; give them money rather than employment.