I Ching Hexagrams: Preponderance of the Small

Preponderance of the Small (Hsiao Kuo)

Hsiao Kuo – Preponderance of the Small: The Thunder is above the Mountain. Just when there is a storm above the Mountain, it’s better to stay calm. This is not the time to exceed our abilities. Don’t start anything new, don’t go on a journey. This sign doesn’t mean any danger, but it suggests keeping calm. The sign resembles a bird: the middle line is its body, the lower and the upper lines are the wings. This bird bravely faces the storm, but bad fate awaits it. The main teaching of the sign is to never start new things in periods when we tend to impinge. Such less serious things are stinginess, gluttony, sorrow and abrasiveness.


I Ching Hexagrams – Preponderance of the Small: meaning of the lines

Line 1: Being prepared isn’t enough. This line tends to proceed without consideration and circumspection. Danger.

Line 2: If the line doesn’t overstep its competency no charge or trouble are expected.

Line 3: Right now it’s better to be careful even with less important things. Showing off and flaunting will just cause trouble.

Line 4: This is a strong line restricted by its weak position. If you stay humble there won’t be any problem. Keep our competence.

Line 5: This line is in a leading situation but it’s weak. It’s like a prince whose talent hasn’t yet evolved. Don’t start a new venture.

Line 6: You need barriers that are real and easy to be respected. Being weasel is dangerous now.


Personal fate It’s difficult to prevent the illness.
Marriage It’s difficult to succeed.
Household, family If there are two owners, there’s nothing to gain.
Childbirth Difficulty.
Searching for a new job Achievable, but the position is not that high.
Social, political title Difficult to achieve it.
Commerce, business life Difficulties.
People you seek If we search together with someone, we may find it.
Person you’re waiting for He/She/It’ll be late.
Lost property It’s difficult to get it back.
Chasing thieves It’s difficult to catch them.
Weather Make peace.
Traveling It’s going to rain.
Illness It’s better stay at home.
Illness If it’s not grave, and we can keep still, it can be cured.
Personal wish Difficult to put through.