What Is I Ching Hexagram 56: 旅 “The Wanderer” ?
Lu is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 56. With inner and outer trigrams forming fire over mountain, this Hexagram is called ‘the wanderer’ or alternatively named ‘sojourning’ or ‘traveling’.
Hexagram 56 represents a time to go on a journey. Often times we feel the need to travel, but now is the time to do so to gain knowledge and not just to escape. There is much knowledge, wisdom, and beauty to be discovered in the world. When we want to leave behind our homes in order to discover something new, there is usually two reasons to wanting to travel.
One is the need to escape our current living situation in order to start a new, or at least return refreshed. While the other is the thirst for knowledge that comes from visiting a new place and learning all you can from the area. This hexagram speaks more towards the second reason for wanting to travel.
Interpretation & Meaning of Hexagram 56:
Hexagram 65 shows the human need of wanting to travel. There is no way to understand a different place than what is already known by simply reading a book or doing research on the location. It takes the initiative to travel to that place to truly understand all that it has to offer.
This is going beyond a family vacation or a weekend getaway in order to renew the spirit and gain a sense of a new start. Satisfying our hunger for knowledge by taking the leap into an adventure is both risky and highly rewarding.
When visiting a new location that has different traditions and customs, it’s important to be open minded about what you are about to see and learn. It can sometimes be hard to witness a custom when it goes against our own moral code. Instead of wishing to bestow a change in that person, instead be polite enough to excuse yourself from the event.
There is no harm from walking away but there can be great damage when we try to impose our ideas on others. It is very likely that they will not understand anyways and will only have a response full of anger.
I Ching Hexagram 56 – Personal Goals:
Before leaving on a great adventure, make a plan of not only what is necessary to take with you but also what you plan on learning. Try to gain connections in the area you will be visiting and bring with you plenty of maps and resources in case of an emergency.
Just because you are taking a big risk to travel in order to gain a higher knowledge does not mean you jump into the fire without first being prepared. Having a solid plan will help secure a positive outcome from the travels and will help keep the body, mind, and spirit strong.
I Ching Hexagram 56 – Love:
Do not travel just to run away from your relationships. Take your partner along and enhance your partnership.
I Ching Hexagram 56 – Career & Business:
Travel for business and career will bring good results. Your way of thinking will open up when you explore different cultures.
THE JUDGMENT POEM
The Wanderer. Success through smallness.
Perseverence brings good fortune
To the wanderer.
THE IMAGE POEM
Fire on the mountain:
The image of THE WANDERER.
Thus the superior man
Is clear-minded and cautious
In imposing penalties,
And protracts no lawsuits.
Traveling is a necessary part of life. We travel to work, school, and the homes of friends and family. But there is knowledge that is readily available when we take the time to venture out past our own comfort boundaries.
We cannot completely comprehend a different culture through literature but it takes traveling to a new area to gain a sense of the different types of people and things which inhabit the world.
When planning a trip, pick a location that will bring about a new perspective that might aid you in others parts of your life. Wisdom is available to all those who take the chance to discover it.