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Hexagram 64 Before Completion
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Expression Wèi Jì intimates progress and success (in the circumstances which it implies). (We see) a young fox that has nearly crossed (the stream), when its tail gets immersed. There will be no advantage in any way.
Judgement Before Completion. Success. But if the little fox, after nearly completing the crossing, Gets his tail in the water, There is nothing that would further.
Image Fire over water. Image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is careful In the differentiation of things, So that each finds its place.
  Expression: There is drinking of wine in genuine confidence. No blame. But if one wets his head, he loses it, in truth.
Image: 'He drinks and gets his head immersed:'--he does not know how to submit to the (proper) regulations.
      Expression: Perseverance brings good fortune. No remorse. The light of the superior man is true. Good fortune.
Image: '(We see) the brightness of a superior man:--'the diffusion of that brightness tends to good fortune.
  Expression: Perseverance brings good fortune. Remorse disappears. Shock, thus to discipline the Devil's Country. For three years, great realms are awarded.
Image: (By firm correctness there is good fortune, and cause for repentance disappears:'--the aim (of the subject of the line) is carried into effect.
      Expression: Before completion, attack brings misfortune. It furthers one to cross the great water.
Image: '(The state of things is) not yet remedied. Advancing will lead to evil:'--the place (of the line) is not that appropriate for it.
  Expression: He brakes his wheels. Perseverance brings good fortune.
Image: 'The second NINE, (undivided), shows good fortune arising from being firm and correct:'--it is in the central place, and the action of its subject thereby becomes correct.
      Expression: He gets his tail in the water. Humiliating.
Image: 'His tail gets immersed:'--this is the very height of ignorance.