What Is Hexagram 13: 同人 “Fellowship” ?
T’ung Jen is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 13. With inner and outer trigrams forming heaven over fire, this Hexagram is called ‘fellowship’ or alternatively named ‘congregating people’ or ‘gathering men’.
Hexagram 13 symbolizes the necessity to bring people together in order to achieve success. This hexagram also represents the importance of removing distrust from a group in order to progress.
Creating a fellowship is a method used to accomplishing a goal that cannot be completed alone. It is a way to unify and strengthen a community that might have low moral status. It is fun to create different projects that a community can come together to complete.
This can include cleaning up a local park or repairing buildings that can be used to help secure a community. It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. By bringing together a community and showing the importance of working together to the youth, it is a trait that could be used to bring together much larger organizations in the future.
Interpretation & Meaning of Hexagram 13:
Hexagram 13 appeals to the benefits of congregating and fellow-shipping. There is pride and joy that comes from participating in a fellowship. There are different kinds of fellowships from religious, to those who wish to improve the community. Normally these groups consist of members who are working towards a great good and work to uplift each other.
With any type of group, there are going to be many personalities that will cause differences and mistrust within a group. This hexagram warns against creating mistrust or confusion within a group and how it can be mended and avoided.
Remember that a fellowship is a group that aims to create a greater good. Every member has the same goal as you but sometimes might have a different moral standard. Be honest and kind with each member of the fellowship to allow them to trust you and also each other.
I Ching Hexagram 13 – Personal Goals:
The success of any type of fellowship relies on the ability for each member to trust each other. When creating a new fellowship, it is sometimes hard to understand each member and learn about each personality before a large project or task is started.
As time passes, and as each member interacts with each other, the true characteristics of each member will appear. A common saying is that you don’t know a person till you live with them. The same applies when you work together to get a difficult job done.
I Ching Hexagram 13 – Love:
In love relationships, you have to work together to have a harmonious life. There is no weakness in admitting fault in a relationship in which you have done a lot of hard work. Distrust has no place in this kind of fellowship.
I Ching Hexagram 13 – Career & Business:
In the work area, there is always a situation when a team is needed to complete a task. Even though each person might have an individual position, it takes a group to accomplish work related goals. When working with this type of fellowship, misunderstanding is most common form of conflict.
It’s important to communicate efficiently and to be clear, get detailed, about any plan that needs to be put into place. Understand what types of communication work best in the work environment and encourage everyone to use the same form of announcement.
THE JUDGMENT POEM
FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN in the open.
It furthers one to cross the great water.
The perseverance of the superior man furthers.
THE IMAGE POEM
Heaven together with fire:
The image of FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN.
Thus the superior man organizes the clans
And makes distinctions between things.
When the conflict of distrust does arrive in a fellowship, then there comes time to make a choice. That is whether to continue in the fellowship, or work to dissemble the group. There might come a time when the end goal is completed and the group is left trying to figure out what to do next.
Alternative goals can be created that might lead the group down a dangerous path. Hexagram 13 is a reminder that greatness comes from working in a fellowship but also warns of the potential danger that can arise within a group. Recognizing any issues can help the group to continue to function.