The Coupling is a sign of random union, spontaneous and without previous planning. As in Ta Kuo and Kuai, Ch´ien (Hexagram 1: The Creative) is its inner conditioning, which indicates that this meeting occurs through a self-motivated inner force. Without it, things were not what they are.
Cultivating. This fortuitous encountering, without announcement, can fructify if we find common interests and solidarity to others. What may seem hazardous can lead to a sequence of acts in which people get together voluntarily to create more relationships. It´s like finding a log, produce fire and take care of it to make it last. The unexpected also extends to projections: if we didn´t have plans, it´s time to think of the future and observe what could come from current conditions, seeing beyond, imagining the fruit coming outside the seed.
Awakening. Something sporadic takes us out of the quietment, fixation and normality. There´s something in the situation that happily detriments all that presented obstacles in the heart, the primal source for all external difficulties in these related signs. Lightness and subtlety are adequated means. to renew feelings and bring down sentimental barriers. It´s about free unions, precise, exciting, ideal to reach temporary goals and let be seduced by the creativity that the encountering brings.
Caution. If we don´t stay too much time in the same place, it´s hard to be captured as others target. Without establishing long-term relationships but eventual, ephemeral and focused on short-term objectives, chances to be unnoticed increase. It´s not possible to show our presence openly and will have to manage resources, take care of them and not exposing them to other people´s eyes. Frugality is an adequate way to move during a time of hiding and withdrawal, without giving the chance for others to undermine our relationships when seeing they last throughout time.
Chance. From the unexpected, they emerge chances to introduce changes in the situation. It´s about to have an aye open to perceive the potentiality appearing in the moment. A spark can turn in a fire, a gout in a sea, an isolated movement in a domino effect. Creativity and the fortuit are present and in the less expected moment it will emerge an inner change force that will cause a thinking total renewal. Changes will first be seen in mind, and their genesis in the previous contacts´ history.
Kou is manifested in four different ways in each one of the related situations. It doesn´t manifest visibly but always is involved in action, sometimes renewing and some others energizing with productive movement. These situations are Concording People (T´ung Jen, 13), The Influence (Hsien, 31), The Withdrawal (Tun, 33) and The Resolution (Ko, 49).
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