56 - Fifty-Six
Lu / The Wanderer
Fire on the Mountain, catastrophic to man, a passing annoyance to the Mountain:
The Superior Person waits for wisdom and clarity before exacting Justice, then lets no protest sway him.
Find satisfaction in small gains.
To move constantly forward is good fortune to a Wanderer.
You are a stranger to this situation.
It is your attraction to the exotic that has led you here, but you will move on to a new vista when this one has lost its mystique.
Because much of this environment is foreign to you, you must exercise only the best judgement.
You don't know the custom here, and it's too easy to cross a line you don't know is there.
Because you are the foreigner in this setting, you have no history to acquit you.
Watch, listen, study, contemplate, then step lightly but decisively on.
Hexagram Fifty-Six/Line Three:
The traveler causes a fire that burns down the inn.
He loses the trust of his servant and traveling companions.
Hexagram Fifty-Six/Line Five:
The traveler kills a pheasant with his first shot.
For the price of one arrow, he has bought himself praise and high office.
Hexagram Fifty-Six/Line Four:
Taking shelter in an abandoned cabin, the traveler finds his stolen belongings beside a razor-sharp axe.
What should be delight freezes to dread.
Hexagram Fifty-Six/Line One:
A traveler with petty complaints and too many demands soon wears out his welcome.