I Ching Hexagrams: Retreat

Retreat (Tun)

Tun – Retreat: Positive power keeps back, negative yin energy forwards. This is a natural process, but it’s not the best time for improvement. By retreating no charges can be made against us. Spiritually advanced people know what the best reaction in certain situations is. When you have to give up power, status, money or something else, you shall not hesitate to do so. If we stick to the current situation bad luck awaits us. The lines of the sign show the certain possibilities of withdrawal.


I Ching Hexagrams – Retreat: meaning of the lines

Line 1: Danger is here. The more we wait the more difficult it will be to avoid it. The only way to minimalize the danger is to act as soon as possible to solve the problem.

Line 2: Flexibility helps to solve our problems now. We can’t avoid difficulties but outer tenderness and inner strength can help dealing with bad circumstances.

Line 3: The line is in connection with the moving negative forces. Insisting on status and fame make us vulnerable. It’s better to keep away from public affairs and stay with our close family.

Line 4: What seems to be sweet is poisonous. Though temptation is big, it’s worth retreating. We can only win with strong morality.

Line 5: Although the line is in a leading (decisive) position, retreat is the right thing to do. Stay calm or huge difficulties are expected.

Line 6: The line denotes a wise person who can retire at an easy pace. He/she has enough time and space to leave problems behind. However, it’s important to use this available time for self-improvement and meditation.


Personal fate You’ll get a lot of difficult work.
Marriage It’s difficult to put through.
Childbirth It’s safe.
Household, family The home is good if it’s situated by a lake and a mountain.
Asking for help In the beginning there’s no collaboration. Later on the situation can be solved thanks to a mediator’s intercession.
Social, political title Promotion brings luck.
Commerce, business life It comes to realization later.
People you seek Difficult to find, because it doesn’t live at a given place.
Person you’re waiting for He/she is late because something happened on the way.
Lost property It may be found in a house, grave or garden.
Chasing thieves It’s difficult to catch them.
Pleading The problem is caused by others, but it can be solved at your leisure.
Weather It’s going to be raining.
Traveling It’s dangerous, you may lose money or the trip will cost you a fortune.
Illness Spasm, maybe diarrhea.
Personal wish Difficulties at the beginning, but later on it’s achievable.