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

Above is Heaven, below is lake

An image of Fulfillment

In correspondence with this

The superior person discriminates as to duty between high and low

And sets people’s minds at rest



 A duty is an obligation and the I Ching recognises the obligations of

  • Courtesy – doing what is proper
  • Righteousness – doing what is right

The aim of this gua is thus to show that at whatever level we need to fulfil our duties or obligations.


It is covered by the technique Paring down our obligations.