Symbols - What does heaven look like


The gua hexagram as it is in the I Ching

The Chinese Element to which it corresponds


The name of the upper Trigram


The name of the lower Trigram


The description of the symbol as it is given in the I-Ching

Thunder under Earth

An image of Turning back

In correspondence with this

The ancient king closed the gates of the passes

On the winter solstice

Travelling merchants did not travel

Nor did the king make inspection of his states.


This is a form of Humility.


It is the admission of mistakes as well as recognising what is not good and going back – returning to start again.  It implies that errors should not be repeated, a halt has to be called once there is realisation that the way ahead is blocked.