Hexagram 43

Question: Should Mr Life apply for the licence for his business?

Insight: Hexagram 43, with 1st, 5th and 6th changing line, transformed into hexagram 50.

Hexagram 43 – heaven at the bottom and lake/mist at the top. Huge “rain” clouds is in the sky, ready to burst into rain anytime. You need to act decisively to explode it, to rid it. That’s why hexagram 43 comprise 5 yang lines from the bottom and a yin line at the very top. The yang forces are taking over and there’s one yin line left. The 5th line needs to act decisively and purge the 6th yin line out of the way.

The reality is that Mr Life has been thinking of getting the licence for months. But the high cost of it along with the regulatory requirements after obtaining it are expected to be very onerous. So, hexagram 43 might describe him making a resolute decision.

Changing 1st: I like what Huang has translated “Going forward, unable to compete. Instead becomes a fault.” Indeed, Mr Life hopes to compete with other suppliers once he obtains the licence. Wilhelm translates it as “When one goes and is not equal to the task, one makes a mistake.”

Changing 5th: Wilhelm translates it as “In dealing with weeds, firm resolution is necesssary. Walking in the middle remains free of blame.” Now this is interesting, is there a middle path that is available to Mr Life. Surely obtaining the licence is the extreme path.

Changing 6th: Huang translates it as “Howling, no response.” There’s an interesting translation as the original Mandarin could, I suppose, be interpreted as “Nothing” and “Howling”. And from “nothing” to “No response” although I’m not sure if it’s too much of a stretch. Intuitively, Mr Life feels that his application for the licence might not be successful and actually be disregarded. Hence, the validity of “no response”. Or it could mean that he needs to exclaim and make a big deal out of everything to get his way.

All in all, it seems like the insight is no go for the licence, especially when an emphasis is placed on the middle changing life i.e. 5th. Mr Life will explore what the middle path might mean to him.


A card is selected for affirmation of the above insight. The question asked was “Is it advisable to apply for the licence from now until the end of next year?” The Tower came out while shuffling the cards. Upheaval, a mess, chaos. Hmmm. I nevertheless proceeded to pick a card for Mr Life. King of Cups showed. Pisces. Which matches Mr Life’s Midheaven and his Sun sign. Go with the flow. Go with his intuition. What’s the red ship sailing in the choppy waters behind the King? Interestingly, the King of cups is firmly grounded in the choppy, rough waters.



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