63. Chi Chi (After Completion)
Hu Gua (hidden influence) 64 Before Completion: Prepare
Zong Gua (underlying cause) 64 Before Completion: Prepare
Received as 2nd Hexagram: The situation is complete and over so there may be no choice but to move on.
Equilibrium is the great foundation of life, and harmony its universal path.
Order, chaos then order again. Such is the way of the great untangling.
Many people find it odd that After Completion is a principle that precedes Before Completion in the Book of Changes. Perhaps the hexagrams were arranged in this way to remind us that nothing ever comes to an end. The message of Chi Chi is that while the situation appears to be stable and in order, you need to plan for inevitable changes that will continue to occur. When anything in nature achieves its highest expression or stability it moves toward regeneration. It may be that what you are inquiring about has reached a state of finality or completion as the hexagram is also called Already Across. The hidden influence of Before Completion suggests that you examine where you are, but plan for the future. This same hexagram shows up as the underlying cause which is another message to prepare. You may think that the situation is never going to change but it will. You may think that you can rest on your laurels and enjoy complacency but you can’t. It is important that you understand that in nature everything is in a state of renewal. While everything is in order and you can feel a sense of success or arrival, you are urged to remain cautious. Anything that reaches a climax will begin to move in the opposite direction. While the situation appears to be complete, a new goal or a need for further growth and expansion opportunities will ensure that it doesn’t become stagnant. Water over Fire means that you must tend to it so the water doesn’t burn out or evaporate. All things require care and attention to continue in a constant state of wellness. The individual lines in this hexagram address the different stages one will encounter when going from completion to renewal.
The Illustrious Ancestor approaches the Devil’s Country and after 3 years conquers it = ordinary people should not be employed. Changes to (3) Difficult Beginnings. The message of this line is that completion will come after a period of hard work and dedication. Difficult Beginnings is a message to expect trials rather than an easy push forward. The reference to the Devil’s Country can also suggest how this situation will test you and allow you to overcome your insecurities and demons. If you persevere toward your goal with unwavering caution you will succeed.
Fine clothes turn into rags = be careful all day long. Changes to (49) Molting/Revolution. Appearances can be deceiving and the situation shows signs of decay. While everything appears stable, remain on guard because it can deteriorate very rapidly. Molting is the natural way animals and reptiles change their outer skin at cyclical times of the year and can portray inevitable change. Revolution can suggest how on the surface all can be calm but underneath an uprising is in the making. Examine the situation to ensure that all parties are feeling served and that there are no hard feelings rumbling below the surface.
Hexagram is changing to:
17. Sui (Following)
Action: Show by Example
Hu Gua (hidden influence) 53 Development: Flower
Zong Gua (underlying cause) 18 Decay: Remedy
Received as 2nd Hexagram: Others may be following your lead.
If you return from the darkness with gold, others will naturally follow.
Follow behind, tranquil in your visionary cave.
You may need to take the initiative and show the way in order to get others to follow your lead. When doing anything remember that actions speak louder than words, so recognize that you are setting an example. Joy above Thunder can be a message about stepping back to delegate. Inspire forward movement in those you lead, don’t make demands. You may receive a promotion to lead others because you have integrity and are not a threat to superiors. At the same time, don’t threaten your subordinates. This hexagram calls for Joy in leading. Ignite the passion of others to tap their seeds of genius. Don’t burst onto the scene with an agenda that may be threatening. Working on what has spoiled in Decay as the underlying cause shows that your transformation has been successful and you are recognized for what you have accomplished. Gradual Development as the hidden influence indicates patience and care when approaching the object of your enquiry. With the proper approach this is an auspicious time to connect with others who will follow your lead.