I Ching - Return

Fu/Return (The Turning Point) -

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Thunder within the earth:
Thus the kings of antiquity closed the passes
At the time of solstice.
Merchants and strangers did not go about,
And the ruler
Did not travel through the provinces.


RETURN. Success.
Going out and coming in without error.
Friends come without blame.
To and fro goes the way.
On the seventh day comes return.
It furthers one to have somewhere to go.

The idea behind this symbol has to do with the cycles of nature, of work and then rest, sickness and return to health, estrangement and reconciliation, etc. There is an appropriate time for everything, and it is not necessary to force something to be, because in its due time, it will return. Movements are completed in 6 days, and the seventh day brings return. Winter solstice comes in the seventh month after the summer solstice, sunrise comes in the 7th double hour after sunset (in ancient China, time was kept in 12-hour days, so each hour was two of our current hours).

The winter solstice is a time of rest, so that energy may be cultivated and movement, which is just returning after the previous 6 months of decline, may be effective and not used prematurely.

It is important to know the proper times for everything and not to miss them or force them too soon. If proper times are observed, people come together in a common shedding of the old and putting on of the new in accordance with the times, and there is harmony.

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