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I Ching Hexagram 23: 剝 “Splitting Apart” – Po

What Is I Ching Hexagram 23: 剝 “Splitting Apart” ?

Po is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 23. With inner and outer trigrams forming mountain over Earth, this Hexagram is called ‘splitting apart’ or alternatively named ‘stripping’ or ‘fraying’. Hexagram 23 shows the necessity for abandoning a situation in order to progress.

The buildings, no matter how strong the foundation they are built on, will eventually tumble and fall. It is difficult to look past all the effort to see the potential danger of standing on top of a decay building that is ready to fall at any moment.

Interpretation & Meaning of IChing Hexagram 23: 剝 "Splitting Apart" - Po

Interpretation & Meaning of Hexagram 23:

Hexagram 23 shows that certain situations need to be dismissed and left behind in order to progress. This is a hard lesson for anyone to learn when great effort has been put into building up a project at work or even a personal relationship.

Ponder deeply when facing a difficult situation. This can be a road block at work or a conflicting issue in a relationship. Take some time to see if there is a solution to the problem in order to salvage the project.

Don’t waste too much time trying to create a new plan of action. Waiting too long can sometimes trap up beneath the rubble of a failing plan before you have time to back out. If there is no way to fix the issues, then abandon the whole plan together in order to progress.

Getting rid of a plan or ending a relationship is not giving up. It can often feel like this when we are discouraged with the problem at hand. We must remember that the reason we are abandoning this plan is so we can prevent ourselves from further frustration and sorrow.

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I Ching Hexagram 23 – Personal Goals:

Nothing good is currently coming from this certain path and in order to change what direction we are traveling in, we must rid our life of what is holding us back from our full potential.  It is often hard to look pass all the difficulties and see the opportunities and growth that is beyond this current time.

I Ching Hexagram 23 – Love:

Relationships are often the most difficult to abandon. Reasons for ending a relationship include issues with communication between partners. If one person is constantly talking while the others is not given a chance to speak, creating a dominate relationship, then there can be no progress.

If the relationship is abusive, it is sometimes hard to end the relationship out of fear. There are steps that can be taken to end any sort of relationship but it is the most hard when we truly care and love the other person. It is sometimes hard to see past how we feel in order to create a better change in our life.

I Ching Hexagram 23 – Career & Business:

There are many strong emotions tied into any project or business that has been built up through lots of hard effort and time. But if your business is moving in the wrong direction, try to make changes. If that is no possible, then give thought to giving it up.

We must remember that everything in life is temporary and nothing is able to last forever. New opportunities are always arising when we rid ourselves from things that hold us back in order to progress.


SPLITTING APART. IT does not further one
To go anywhere.


The mountain rests on the earth:
Thus those above can ensure their position
Only by giving generously to those below.


Hexagram 22 doesn’t relate to the current situation that should be ended but instead shows that being unable to act against a troubling situation and lead to failure. We must be willing to regain harmony and positive influences in our life if we are to recover from leaving behind a relationship or project.

Before starting a new journey or project at work, make sure to break down any old buildings that might be holding you back from obtaining real success. There is nothing wrong with breaking away.

The 64 Hexagrams

1乾 Force Ch’ien2坤 Field K’un
3屯 Difficult in the Beginning Chun4蒙 Youthful Folly Meng
5需 Waiting Hsu6訟 Conflict Sung
7師 Integrity Shih8比 Holding Together Pi
9小畜 Attention To Detail Hsiao Ch’u10履 Correct Conduct Lu
11泰 Peace T’ai12否 Stagnation P’i
13同人 Fellowship T’ung Jen14大有 Abundance Ta Yu
15謙 Humbling Ch’ien16豫 Enthusiasm Yu
17隨 Following Sui18蠱 Correcting Ku
19臨 Nearing Lin20觀 Observation Kuan
21噬嗑 Biting Through Shih Ho22賁 Grace Pi
23剝 Splitting Apart Po24復 Returning Fu
25無妄 Innocence Wu Wang26大畜 Great Accumulating Ta Ch’u
27頤 Nourishment I28大過 Preponderance of the Great Ta Kuo
29坎The Abysmal K’an30離Radiance Li
31咸Courtship Hsien32恆Constancy Heng
33遯 Retreat Tun34大壯 Great Invigorating Ta Chuang
35晉 Progress Chin36明夷 Darkening of the Light Ming I
37家人 The Family Chai Jen38睽 Opposition K’uei
39蹇 Obstruction Chien40解 Deliverance Hsieh
41損 Decrease Sun42益 Increase I
43夬 Displacement Kuai44姤 Coming to Meet Kou
45萃 Gathering Together Ts’ui46升 Ascending Sheng
47困 Exhaustion K’un48井 The Well Ching
49革 Revolution Ko50鼎 The Cauldron Ting
51震 The Arousing Chen52艮 Stilling Ken
53漸 Gradual Progress Chien54歸 妹 The Marrying Maiden Kuei Mei
55豐 Abundance Feng56旅 The Wanderer Lu
57巽 Ground Sun58兌 Open Tui
59渙 Dispersion Huan60節 Limitation Chieh
61中孚 Center Returning Chung Fu62小 過 Small Surpassing Hsaio Kup
63既 濟 After Completion Chi Chi64未 濟 Before Completion Wei Chi
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