I-Ching Hexagram Fifty Two, Stilling

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I-Ching-Hexagram Fifty Two - Stilling

To stop. Cease.

Numbers of mountains stops one to go forward.


This hexagram (Stilling) in Chinese Gen means mountains.

Mountains block the way.
This means one stops and cannot go forward.

This implies everything you do is stopped.


Generally speaking, this hexagram (Stilling) is a relatively bad hexagram.

The questioner who has got this hexagram (Stilling) cannot move on so he or she stays at the same stage.

For example, one cannot find the person he wants to meet and one has obstacles when doing everything.

If one can go with the flow or stop at the right time, one will not make mistakes.

If one acts rashly, one will easily face disasters.


This hexagram (Stilling) is the hexagram of North West.

This hexagram (Stilling) has a meaning that things will be vanished because it starts.


The questioner who has got this hexagram will have obstacles in doing everything.

It is suggested to keep a simple life and stay at home.

One should not be too active.

It is the best result if one does not make mistakes.


This hexagram (Stilling) uses parts of a human body such as toes and a cheek to express the meaning of this hexagram (Stilling) and to discuss whether it is good fortune or misfortune.

In 6 lines of this hexagram (Stilling), only its 6th line has the meaning of good fortune.

It is because in I-Ching, usually 6th line states how to change the situation and solve the issues.

Therefore, in this hexagram, it is changing from misfortune to good fortune among 6 lines.


This hexagram (Stilling) follows Hexagram Fifty Thunder.

The trigrams of both hexagrams are totally opposite.



[Summary of Hexagram Fifty Two – Stilling]


Two people are back to back, therefore, they cannot see each other.

Even though they enter the same courtyard, they cannot find each other.

There is no fault.


Back to back means they cannot face to face to communicate.

Therefore, they stop communication and do not see each other.

Even though they are staying at the same courtyard, they have not seen each other.



1st Line

Stop at toes.

There is no fault.

It is better to be firm and be righteous permanently.


Toes are the metaphor of actions.

This can be interpreted as the beginning of stoppage.

One knows it is the time to stop at the beginning.

The questioner should not act rashly.

Therefore, there will be no fault.


The best solution of the situation of this hexagram (Stilling) is to stop when one can stop.

In this stage, one does not intend to take actions.

Therefore, there is no fault and everything will be alright.

One should be righteous and keep doing one’s duties.



2nd Line


One stops moving lower legs but it does not help to heal the wound.

Therefore, one feels unhappy.


The energy to move the lower legs is originated from thighs.

Stopping the lower legs has the meaning of using the wrong way to stop.

It is because the correct way is to use thighs to stop the body.

This implies the source of the problem has not yet been solved.

Therefore, a side effect is created.



3rd Line


Stopping at a waist.

The back is injured.

One is scared at the bottom of one’s heart.


A waist is the centre of the movement of the whole body.

If one stops at a waist, the whole body cannot be extended.

This causes the injury of one’s back.

Therefore, one heart hurts.


4th Line


Stop the movement of a body.

No fault.


A body here refers to the upper body.

When the upper body stops moving, the whole body stops moving.

Therefore, nothing will be achieved.

When it is right to stop, it stops.

Hence, there is no fault.

It is neither good nor bad.

There is no achievements and mistakes.



5th Line


A cheek and a mouth stop moving

The contents of conversations are orderliness.

Regret can be avoided.


There is a risk of making mistakes if one speaks many words.

If the movement of a cheek and a mouth is stopped, one will not speak useless words.

Therefore, false speeches can be avoided.

Conversations stand to reasons.


Be careful of troubles from speeches.

If one speaks carefully to avoid mistakes, one will not regret.



6th Line


Good nature of mountains.

Good fortune.


This line is the peak of the path of this hexagram.

Meanwhile, it is the end of this hexagram.

It is stopped at good natured mountains.

This hexagram (Stilling) in Chinese Gen means mountains.

Mountains are good natured.

Because of this character, one refrains from doing bad deeds.

Good fortune.

Therefore, it is good natured at the end.


I - Ching suggests people to be moderate and not to go to extremes.

However, there are other exemptions.

When it goes to the extreme in a bad hexagram, it changes into good fortune.

This is similar to 6th line of this hexagram.

The good natured character is natural and not artificial.

Therefore, it is good. 



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