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and blessing. 'Negative IV gets his head wet; dangerous' means that though Europe indulges in extravagance through unjust means, she will not be able to subjugate her Socialists, and the thoughts of her people altering themselves, she will meet with the time of Bisei '*03), at last.

“On divining the source of the stoppage of monetary currency both inside and outside the country, I have known that it is due to the advantage and vice of the use of the steam engines in Europe, and also that the Europeans unbearable of this decline is going to transfer the vice to Asia. I have now discovered a matter of great anxiety for our country. The next question is, how to conduct ourselves against it.

“ The inversion of this hexagram of 'Kisei' gives the hexagram of Bi-sei (#19. Now that they come to us as the ‘Kisei,' we must answer them as the 'Bisei.' We have to levy the strongest of the military caste, to distribute them on tracts fit for mulberry and pasture, thus to promote our industry and production, to open the currency of money, to enrich the country, and to strengthen the soldiers. These are the only ways we can have recourse to. But without railways, however big the army may be, they are like lame persons and can not be instantly employed at the remote portions of the country. We must further construct railways among the important parts of the country. Thus equipped, should invaders happen to break in, a touch on the telegraphic wire can bring together the soldiers in different garrisons of the country. We are thus enabled to match them with effective rifles like theirs, and with united power of the whole country.

We shall then have no fear of being defeater, with such a people, who are patriotic and well acquainted with geography. The 'Interpretation' says, Think of calamities and take precautions against them,' which means that these precautions must be made, while the calamity is still dormant."


My friend Mr. H. Sakata was sent to Australia for a public service. One day I went to his house during his absence, when his mother asked me thus, “ My son telegraphed me the other day to arrive at here on such a day, but he is not here when the fixed day is already gone. I have, moreover, received no telegram of his arrival at Shingapore, and at Hongkong. I am thus in a great anxiety; please divine it.” I divined and obtained the change of "Kisei (3” into "Kaku (革言”

“This hexagram consists of the upper complement of 'Kan' or 'north, and of the lower of 'Ri' or south. Now, the 'Negative IV' is beyond 'Ri' and in ‘Kan,' so that his ship must have already passed the equator, into the northern latitude. The Negative IV' says, 'It leaks and rags are used. Warning is observed the whole day. From this I see that his ship has been wrecked after passing the equator, and he is in a danger of wetting his garments. But now the change is that of a negative into a positive, so that it has nothing to do with his life. Again on advancing a step, the positive V is changed into a negative, but it is a change of water into earth or land, so that he will land safely."

After a few days, he arrived at home and said, "The ship was hurted by a reef and we were detained.”


Mr. Tachibanaya, Bentendāri, Yokohama, is a friend of mine. His neighbour Mr. Iwaiya is a contractor of foreign buildings. About the beginning of Meiji, I sold him some wood of several thousand yens worth through the introduction of Mr. Tachibanaya. I believed he was very rich then, but on finding that he was not so rich as I expected, I divined how to proceed against him, and obtained the change of Kisei (2) ” into Meiï (APR).”

This hexagram shows the finishing of a thing; and a thing finished admits no more retouching. But the Lineation 'says, 'The eastern neighbour kills an ox, but [his piety] is inferior to [that of ] the western neighbour who offers [some slight] sacrifices and truly receives blessings, in which 'ox' is a creature of negative and obedient character. If the eastern neighbour' is to kill his ox, and the western neighbour' to receive the blessings, I have to consult with the wife of Mr. Tachibanaya.”

I went to the Tachibanaya's and consulted with the mistress. I was able to receive the sum by bills of exchange.


LXIV. BI-SEI (#0 Not yet to be con


Bi-sei. Is auspicious. A small fox has nearly crossed over, but gets his tail wet. Not advantageous in any way.

Exposition. "Bi-sei is auspicious” because a weak element [V]. occupies

a middle position. "A small fox has nearly crossed over,” that is, he has not yet come out of the centre. “But gets his tail wet. Not advantageous in any way,”—that is, he does not persistently accomplish the feat. The positions are improper, but the strong and weak elements are in mutual agreement.

Interpretation. Fire burning over water is [the emblem of] Bi-sei. Honourable mien accordingly cautiously make distinctions of things and occupy proper positions.

Negative 1. Gets his tail wet. Inauspicious.

Interpretation."[Negative I] gets his tail wet," because he has not considered consequences.

Positive II. Draws back the wheel, constant and lucky.

Interpretaton. “[Positive II] is constant and lucky," because he occupies a middle position and pursues a just


Negative III. Not yet remedied and will be unlucky, if he advances. Advantageous to wade a large river.

Interpretation. “[Negative III is] not yet remedied, and will be unlucky, if he advances,” because his position is improper.

Positive IV. Lucky if just, and remorse disa ppears. He displays power and attacks Kihô. In three years, he is rewarded with a large country.

Interpretation. “Lucky if just, and remorse disappears,” that is, the object is carried out into effect.

Negative V. Lucky if just, and free from remorse.

He has the brilliancy of an honourable man. He is truthful and lucky.

Interpretation. “The brilliancy of an honourable man” is glittering, and it is lucky.

Positive VI. Is truthful, and feasts. Free from blame. If he gets his head wet, he loses propriety, though he might be truthful.

Interpretation. To feast and get one's head wet, is to discard moderation.


SUBJUGATION OF COREA. In September of 1875, Corea fired against our Manof-war “Unyo-Kan," which excited our countrymen to an extreme. It was rumoured that the Government is going to punish her by the force of arms. A Colonel of the army asked me to divine. I divined and obtain. ed the change of “Bisei (*** 3)" into "Shin (

“Water and fire which can not compromise between each other, nor be of any use together, constitute the hexagram of 'Bisei.' It is then the diagram of abandoning in the middle, but can be executed if we go on diligently with time, as it says, 'Bisei is auspicious.' 'Time' means the order of advancing of the elements. The 'Negative ' says, gets his tail wet which is inauspicious,' which refers to a beast's dipping its tail in trying to wade a water; inauspicious indeed, but is out of consideration as it belongs to the past.

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