3. Difficulty at the Beginning, Line 2

“He is not a robber . . . he wants to woo. The maiden is chaste . . . ten years.”

In times of difficulty — like the one you are in now — any offer of help may seem like the answer. Beware. The help that presents itself now is not right for you. You must wait.


This line is warning you not to get yourself into a situation you’ll have trouble getting out of. The image this line paints is of a young woman who receives a marriage proposal from a well-meaning young man.

The Book of Changes says: Stay out of relationships that offer an immediate solution to a current problem, but require a long-term commitment.

This guy is not Mr. Right — He’s Mr. Right Now. You’ll be better off toughing it out, on your own.


Next: Future. Limitation. “Limiting your expenditures of time and money is the key to sustaining your success.”

How the Book of Changes Works

“The way in which the Book of Changes works can best be compared to an electrical circuit reaching into all situations. The circuit only affords the potentiality of lighting; it does not give light. But when contact with a definite situation is established in the questioner, the ‘current’ is activated, and the given situation is illumined.”

Richard Wilhelm

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