Hexagram 30. Fire

Fire is beneficial for correctness and development. Raising a cow brings good fortune.

EXPLANATION: Fire is clinging, and it is illuminating. In the body of the hexagram, one yin is stuck between two yangs; this represents illumination with inner openness. As for the qualities of the hexagram, above is Fire, luminous, and below is also Fire, luminous; by inner illumination reaching outer illumination, by outer illumination perfecting inner illumination, illumining inside and illumining outside, inwardly illumined and outwardly illumined — a thousand illuminations, ten thousand illuminations, are all two illuminations, inward illumination and outward illumination, which in totality are one illumination; therefore it is called fire.

This fire embraces the female within it; the hexagram symbolizes the presence of yin within yang. Illumination is the energy of open awareness in the palace of fire (the heart); it is the spirit of humans, the master of mind. When the mind is open it is aware; the original spirit is in charge of affairs, and illumination is managed properly. One can thereby balance yang. When the mind is unruly, it wanders; the discriminatory consciousness handles affairs, and illumination is not properly directed. This is sufficient to damage yang. Therefore fire is beneficial to correctness and development.

However, although fire is beneficial to correctness and development, if you only know how to use illumination and do not know how to nurture illumination, you will not attain development. Using illumination means outer illumination; nurturing illumination means inner illumination. Outer illumination has to be based on inner illumination; using illumination requires that one first nurture illumination: Therefore raising a cow brings good fortune. Raising means nurturing; the cow is a symbol of receptivity. The cow does not use its strength; its nature is most docile. If people can nurture illumination with flexible receptivity, turning the light of consciousness around to shine inward, shutting out deviation and preserving truthfulness, first illumining inside, then illumining outside, then inside and outside will both be illumined, open awareness will be clear; nothing can deceive it, nothing can influence it — naturally illumining the qualities of enlightenment and resting in the highest good, what can compare to that fortune?

But the path of illumination and production of good fortune has a firing process, a course of work; if there is the slightest carelessness, illumination will not develop. Therefore illumination must reach inside and outside, so that both are illumined and both are correct; only this is the benefit of illumination, the development of illumination, the good fortune of illumination. -- Liu Yiming, The Taoist I Ching, Hexagram #30 Fire
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Hexagram #30 Fire

On the left the Liushutong character and on the right the present shape of the character
for Hexagram #30 fire

Sleeping Beauty, the female within, who is usually asleep, by Zatzka Hans

Kamadhenu, a Hindu Goddess and
the mother of all cows, nurturing her young.

Fudo Myo-o, Unmovable King of Light, by Unkei
(9th C. AD Japan)