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An etymology of the ideograms Wei Ji.64

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Etymology of the ideograms Wei Ji.64




The first ideogram of the sixty-fourth hexagram represents the idea of a tree with a new generation of branches still blossoming. Often used as a negation, it does not designate a lack of, but, rather, something in the process, having not yet reached…if often appears in a multitude of expressions such as fiancée (Wei Hun Fu), literally: not yet wife, not yet husband; or again as X, the unknown math answer (Wei Zhi Shu, the unknown answer).

Combined with the character woman, it forms the character for the youngest daughter (that not yet the eldest) as used for the ideogram Gui Mei.54.

Additionally, the ideogram belongs to a group called the Cyclic Symbols, underlining the day’s double hours, in which it is associated to the part between one and three p.m, the slice of time that, after the Yang culmination of eleven a.m until one p.m, opens and prepares the accomplishments of the day’s Yin times. There is found the idea evoked in the Tenth Wing and, generally, the reason why the primary position given to the Yin in the hexagram…









The second ideogram encountered in the hexagram Wei Ji.64 is found also in Ji Ji.63. It is the name of one of the Yellow river’s tributaries. The choice of the feminine gender of this character seeks to render an interpretation closer to Chinese. For example, I lends its name to the capital city of the province of Shandong: Jinan, literally: the city south (Nan) of the Ji river. Verbally, it means to cross a river at its ford or by boat.

This meaning is found in the Book of Odes where the image of crossing the river is used to illustrate ancient usages no more respected, particularly assorted unions and hasty wedding ceremonies.

The ideogram has therefore two characters: on the left the general symbol for water. It is contracted as three strokes as it usually is when used in composition. On he right, a fluffy looking character representing a neatly organized and evenly grown cereal stalk.

There are found combined in this ideogram the two principal meanings of the hexagram: on the one part the difficult passage from one state to another and, on the other, that of a situation characterized by a good organization.


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Thank you, Confucius, for completing the series. Now that things are complete, we are ready to see things are not really complete after all, probably never are complete, and to start over again.

I used to think posting in this forum was a waste of time. All the interactions seemed so brief and fleeting. It didn't matter how much of yourself you put into a post or discussion, within a week nobody remembered anything. The forum seemed to be reborn almost on a daily basis. Seeing the same conversations happen again and again, with the same predictable comments, made me feel like Bill Murray in "Goundhog Day." The most banal chit-chat would stretch on interminably, while powerful insights often slipped by unnoticed. I decided this was the inherent character of the internet, the nature of the beast, the future condition of ADD we all seemed fated to share as the dominant mode of personal interaction in the 21st century. We talk briefly, we listen briefly, life goes on, nothing changes.

Lately, to my utter astonishment, people have been digging into the archives. The forum is beginning to feel more like a record of conversations than quick sketches on a sandy beach before the tide comes in. I hope future visitors will find your etymologies and read them. I am sorry your work has received so little notice, and I apologize for myself for not giving you anything in return.

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You just did..........Chi chi..................

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lindsay said:
Thank you, Confucius, for completing the series.
I second that. :)

People may not have had much to say to this, but I'm sure many on this forum have appreciated this series.
 

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