I Ching Hexagrams: Oppression

Oppression – Exhaustion (K’un)

K’un – Oppression: In this sign the Lake is above the Water. Just like when a lake is dried by a river running underneath it. Or like a little island in the middle of a big water. In a closed, tight situation we must hunch and wait for the next period while trying to improve ourselves. The six lines mean the level of the snare, in which we are spiritually, mentally or physically stuck . These snares are usually traps made by our own mind. This situation doesn’t favor improvement, growth, progress or initiative behavor. Choose retreat and instead of whining try to strengthen ourselves.

I Ching Hexagrams – Oppression: meaning of the lines

Line 1: We are in a very difficult situation, in which our wishes, just as dense bushes, obstruct our way. Proceeding is slow and difficult. Calm down our mind. Don’t let fame, position and richness influence us.

Line 2: The second line is imprisoned by a favor. Favors are frequently given in exchange for something but the price we pay for it is often too high. Right now beware of asking any favor (help).

Line 3: We are trapped by ignorance or selfishness. We can’t meet (it locks us up) with our partner, wife.

Line 4: A late opportunity can give hope. Accept temporary humiliation to be successful.

Line 5: This line marks a person who is trapped by his/her own kindness. Although he/she is a virtuous person with a high status, his/her kindness is harnessed. Stay virtuous and don’t stoop to the scale of evil.

Line 6: Here pride and showing off can detain us. Regret can help improving the situation. A new beginning can bring luck.


Personal fate This period is not prosperous. Keep waiting for the better times.
Marriage The husband will die young.
Household, family The wife has some kind of difficulty or she’s in trouble. Plus a problem may occur with the pipes or the water supply.
Childbirth If nothing unusual occurs, childbirth is safe. If we get the fourth sign, it’s a baby girl.
Searching for a new job After the difficulties at the beginning, success is possible.
Social, political title It’s difficult to get it, but if you succeed, your life will be in danger.
Commerce, business life Not successful.
People you seek It’ll be found.
Lost property It’s difficult to find it.
Chasing thieves They’re hiding southeast, you can catch them.
Pleading Dangerous.
Weather Stormy teemed with rain.
Traveling Going to the northwest is good and beneficial.
Loan You won’t succeed.
Illness Dangerous.
Personal wish It’s difficult to achieve it.