I Ching Hexagrams: Duration

Duration (Heng)

Heng – Duration: The Wind is above the Thunder. Although both forces stand for change and the current situation together they are the symbol of the constant birth of life. This sign urges for stamina, persistence and desperation. This is especially true for marriages; however, it holds together every grouped activity. Persistence is the base of cooperation. If you don’t have that, tolerance and other virtues won’t evolve. Competition and arguments caused by change triggers disharmony. The lines show when it is good to be persistent, and when receding and staying calm is the right option.


I Ching Hexagrams – Duration: meaning of the lines

Line 1: At the initial phase of things it’s unlucky to insist on things from which we don’t know enough. Do not insist on our opinion in this period.

Line 2: Be moderate. Aim for balance and we won’t regret it.

Line 3: The line shows an emotionally weak person. Though he/she sees through the situation, he/she isn’t guided by the proper principles. Her/His real problem is the lack of dignity.

Line 4: If we’re hunting on an empty meadow we won’t find any game. Don’t waste our energies.

Line 5: Persistence brings advantages. This isn’t valid to those leaders who need to solve various problems and get into novel situations. The leader has to be flexible.

Line 6: The line denotes an extremity. Where there’s no perseverance, nothing can be achieved.


Personal fate A bit of frustration. Friends and relatives may not support you, but your spouse does.
Marriage Successful. Luck.
Household, family It’s more advantageous to keep the old building than erecting a new one.
Childbirth It’s a baby boy. Mother will have difficulties during labor.
Searching for a new job If we are looking for an important job, we get a lower status. If we looked for a less important status, we’ll get a more honored one. Others may hinder us, but that can’t really stand in our way.
Social, political title Very successful.
Commerce, business life Don’t change the base, stay at the current place.
People you seek Hurry. Two people together will succeed.
Person you’re waiting for He/She/It comes.
Lost property He/She/It is in the southwest and is difficult to find it.
Chasing thieves If they aren’t caught within 3 days, it’ll take 3 years to find out who they are.
Pleading It’s a frightening experience, but there won’t be any trouble. Someone staying to the northwest wants to harm us.
Weather The weather will be nice.
Illness Discomfort.
Personal wish It only can be achieved through difficulties.