What Is I Ching Hexagram 64: 未 濟”Before Completion” ?
Wei Chi is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 64. With inner and outer trigrams forming fire over water, this Hexagram is called ‘before completion’ or alternatively named ‘not yet fording’ or ‘not yet completed’.
Hexagram 64 represents the time right before a goal is complete and success is obtained. It is a reminder not to get distracted until the process is over.
It can be easy to lose sight of what is important right before finishing a difficult job. You might start to take more frequent breaks and pauses instead of working through the night to see the progress come to an end.
Interpretation & Meaning of Hexagram 64:
The time for an end to a life phase is not yet upon the caster. Hexagram 64 shows the end is in sight, but before the end comes make sure to continue diligent work and stay focused on the goal. Success is in sight but now is not the time to take away the main focus from what needs to be done to obtain this accomplishment.
Finishing a project or a long term goal is like running a marathon. At the beginning, you already understand that the journey is going to be long and that it is going to take a lot of effort to complete the task.
A person prepares many months in advance before starting the marathon in order to build up endurance and strength for the long haul. When the race starts, there is a lot of excitement and energy as everyone takes off at the same time. But this event isn’t about others who are participating, it is only about you and what you’re capable of achieving through your mind and body.
I Ching Hexagram 64 – Personal Goals:
When we are nearing the end of a marathon, our mind often takes over because it is already obvious that the body is exhausted. We are doing everything we can to keep going before the end is in sight. Often it calls for a last boost of energy and concentration to push forward to the finish line.
I Ching Hexagram 64 – Love:
Ending a chapter in life can be very exciting, but it can always call for a lot of worry of the unknown. It is impossible to determine what is about to happen next. Though we might make ourselves aware of the possibilities, it is never for certain what the next event is going to be.
We can only prepare ourselves, like preparing for a marathon, to endure the next life phase and put in all our effort to see that the race is finished.
I Ching Hexagram 64 – Career & Business:
Running a marathon is much like completing a long term goal. Towards the end, we can see the finish line, but our minds can become distracted from what is most important.
We think more about how tired we are than the fact that the finish line is right there. It is often more rational to slow down and take a break then it is to fight through all the exhaustion to simply complete the task.
THE JUDGMENT POEM
BEFORE COMPLETION. Success.
But if the little fox, after nearly completing the crossing,
Gets his tail in the water,
There is nothing that would further.
THE IMAGE POEM
Fire over water:
The image of the condition before transition.
Thus the superior man is careful
In the differentiation of things,
So that each finds its place.
Hexagram 64 is a symbol that most look for. To see that a life phase or a goal is coming to an end. It brings with it the wisdom to continue on and see the ending to any project. To simply stop before the finish line will not prevent the race from being postponed.
It only shows that we are reluctant to face change and the ever flowing pace of time. Be willing to obtain success and see what can come afterwards. There are many new possibilities around the corner once we finish one goal and can start focusing on the next.