Hexagram Fifteen

Ch’ien (Pro: Chee-en) – Modesty


The ability to act in a role without limelight leads to success.

Many things occur in our life out of sight through the actions of others. Much can now be received from this hidden store by being receptive.

Modest but persistent action has accumulated this mountain of abundance. Receive it and place it where there is need.

Past events have built a reservoir which is full. Now there is a pouring out and a receiving. A balancing comes from this release. What was lowly is built up. What was high becomes reduced.

By not overemphasising your value, credit for your real worth has built up. This honesty now leads to success. Be receptive to this and nurture what springs from it.

Recognise that the strength here is in not overindulging, and in having the power to act as a balancer in situations that have become one sided. This is a form of creativity, not through control, but by understanding the nature of things and leading them to a mutual satisfaction or destination.

Key words: The high are made low and the low raised. Not pressing for personal advantage has produced great reward.

The Moving Lines

1.Simple clarity makes even difficult tasks straightforward. Any journey or venture undertaken at this time is fortunate. Remain receptive.

2.When one does not seek for personal ends alone, ones actions and words create a lasting influence. The view of life beyond personal gain removes interference.

3.Things will come to fruition now from any hard work that has been done in regard to this enquiry. Others will follow your direction with little dissent.

4.Not having pushed yourself forward and working without being the centre of attention has led to success.

5.Being mild does not mean being weak. Attack what is disruptive, now is the time to do so. Do it without personal attempts to gain. Great good fortune.

6.Remaining aware of your true value, and how it rests upon the goodwill of others, now is the time to move against that which is disruptive. Bring things to order through an organised push.


-Thomas 2017-09-24 16:27:04

Thank you for your unique I Ching interpretations. I find them quite different, yet similar, to others. I have found understanding through them where I have been unclear otherwise. You’re Work is much appreciated! Thank you again for sharing it!

    -Tony Crisp 2017-09-27 10:54:20

    Thank you Thomas. I put a lot of research into producing them.


-MANDIE MILLER 2017-07-09 0:12:23

Thank you i found this very helpful and insightful
from mandie

    -Tony Crisp 2017-07-11 10:30:26

    Thanks Mandie – I use I Ching often, and also find it helpful.


-Mike 2015-08-03 10:30:24

I got this when asking if I would reunite with a loved one who has moved away from me….it gives me a nice sense of being thought of even though we aren’t in each other’s lives anymore. Quite a nice hexagram to receive when matters of the heart come up I think…

-Marie de Kock 2013-01-15 1:57:34

Thank you so much for an approach that interprets with an expanded consciousness. It is the accent on self respect and openess to receive that makes these interpretations stand out from other doom and gloom and limiting interpretations.
Mother earth bless you.

    -Tony Crisp 2013-01-17 9:48:32

    Marie – Thank you for the words – they are a great encouragement to me. I try to be a pupil and have received Mother’s blessing.


-Cipriana 2010-07-26 16:54:43

Great new website. I´ve been a firm follower for years. Loved the changes. Thanks!

    -Tony Crisp 2010-08-17 10:33:43

    Thank you Cipriana – And it good to meet you at last.


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