The Yijing’s changing line texts are in conversation with the hexagrams created by each change. But they can also have quiet exchanges with their fan yao, the ‘reverse line’ that travels in the opposite direction.
For instance, 11.2 changes to 36, and in reverse, 36.2 changes to 11: 11.2 and 36.2 are one another’s fan yao.
Here’s the text for each line:
Use this to cross the river.
Not distancing or leaving behind,
Gaining honour, moving to the centre.’
‘Brightness hidden, wounded in the left thigh.36.2
For rescue, use the power of a horse.
There’s no obvious connection – until you dig into the Chinese a little.
River crossing here is not like all the other river crossings in the Yi: the words for both ‘cross’ and ‘river’ are different. And the verb, ‘cross’, is ping, 馮. Its components: ice and horse. (Isn’t it said that horses are particularly strong, buoyant swimmers because of their huge lung capacity?)
A very small ‘hidden gem’, this one. The kind of thing that makes me wonder, ‘What else am I missing?’