Hexagram 20: Blowing Off
A hot wind blows against the mountain. The trees drop all their leaves.
The emperor listens to petitions with but a single ear. Great changes have been hoped for, but progress is at a standstill. From the court, a harsh wind withers the trees. They bear no fruit except food for the dragon.
- Line 6 -- After great commotion, all returns to the way it began. The dragon's belly is full, but the programmers walk around with empty hands. All progress recedes into the bit bucket.
- Line 5 -- After great thunder and lightning, stillness prevails. A harsh wind blows from the throne and through all the aisles. The programmers see the emperor is not in the palace. No progress.
- Line 4 -- As storm clouds part, ministers point to the light. It is fortunate the emperor fed the dragon, they say. The programmers turn their backs, seeking the Golden Code in the forest. No blame.
- Line 3 -- It does not further the programmer to look to heaven. From above comes the harsh wind, while the Golden Code shines like bright stones at his feet. Happiness lies in things close by.
- Line 2 -- Mountains collide, sending off sparks. There is great excitement in watching contending forces, but the Wise One knows to stay out of the way. Only the fool tries to usurp the emperor's throne.
- Line 1 -- The sage stands before the emperor, confusing wisdom with power. The time is not ripe to arouse the thunder. The Wise One diligently seeks the Golden Code, letting fools contend over trifles.