I Ching Hexagrams: Keeping Still

Keeping Still, Mountain (Ken)

Ken – Keeping Still: The two Mountains depict an impenetrable obstacle. This situation needs tranquility. This tranquility doesn’t mean inaction, but the way how we can act easily without any strain. Since we usually don’t know when we should stop acting pointlessly, our wishes make us really exhausted. When life challenges you with a huge obstacle strengthening yourself is crucial. Don’t let your personal environment imbalance you. If you’re only paying attention to your problem your energy level will drop.


I Ching Hexagrams – Keeping Still: meaning of the lines

Line 1: This line depicts the toes, the base of our movements. If we don’t know our next step, it’s better to keep calm.

Line 2: The line has to stay at its place. It can’t help its partner, the third line.

Line 3: In peace our mind is spoiling for action. If the body is unable to do so, the mind outruns it. In such situations it’s better to let things go with the flow and prevent the hustle of the mind.

Line 4: Every activity should be stopped now.

Line 5: This line refers to the calmness of the face. Speak only if we have something definitive to say.

Line 6: The organized and calm mind shows the highest level condition.


Personal fate This is the time for retreat and peace.
Marriage It can be successful.
Household, family The wife and the husband are worried because of something. It’s not a good sign.
Childbirth It’s a baby boy.
Searching for a new job Successful.
Social, political title It’ll come to fruition later in life.
Commerce, business life It can be successful but don’t be greedy, don’t expect anything extraordinary.
People you seek He/She/It is in the northwest.
Person you’re waiting for He/She/It isn’t coming.
Lost property It’s still at its original place. You can find it there.
Chasing thieves They’re not far, in the northwest.
Pleading Stick to justice, proceed honestly.
Weather It’s going to rain. If it’s windy, the weather will be nice.
Traveling He/She is doubtful and worried. If this continues during the journey, he/she will get into danger.
Illness It’s difficult to cure it.
Personal wish It can’t come to fruition.