Rulers of the Hexagrams

Rulers of the Hexagrams: Governing and Constituting.

The element of Rulership in the I Ching was not included in this interpretation. The main reason for this was that it represents a very Confucian standard of interpretation dealing with the Superior Man and his virtue. When one is considering receptivity to be as valid as creativ­ity, or woman to be as valid as man, the distinction of Superior with its polarized virtues, loses its clarity along with the concept of rulership.

It seemed that this rulership factor was one of the main tools of propagating the mathe­matically based sequence of King Wan and the Duke of Chou. Once the factor of superior­ity and virtue is seen as naïve and biased, then also much of these determining rulership fac­tors lose their previously unquestioned significance.

One could look at the rulerships as a form of dogma for looking at the I Ching from a specific bias. Since this current interpretation is based on creating a more wholesome out­look on change and its implications, the judgements of superiority and masculine based vir­tue and power were transcended.

This subject has been quite extensively elaborated in other translations like the Richard Wilhelm/Cary Baynes versions. There are many books available for those who wish to study the Confucian Virtues of the Superior Man. It is not within the intent or scope of this book to further the Superior Man ideology.

The focus has been to make the information valid for any individual in their relationship to themselves and to the groups around them. To accomplish this it was deemed valid to not accentuate the concept of rulership. There is too great a difference to look at these rulers from a feminine perspective. In retrospect it seems as if a level of obscured and complicated thinking has been removed.

The subsequent clarity resonates well with the traditional justifications of natural ways within the hexagrams as opposed to the numerological abstractions and justifications in the Later World arrangement.

The fifth line and second line rulership could be considered as outer social-functional priorities (5th) and inner subjective concerns (2nd) that predominate the situation.


A New Interpretation of Hexagrams! Without the Superior Man!