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I Ching Hexagram 9: 小畜 “Attention To Detail” – Hsiao Ch’u

What Is I Ching Hexagram 9: “Attention To Detail” ?

Hsiao Ch’u is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 9. With inner and outer trigrams forming wind over heaven, this Hexagram is called ‘attention to detail’ or alternatively named ‘small accumulating’, ‘the taming power of the small‘ or ‘small harvest’.

Hexagram 9 symbols a phase in life when focus should be placed on small matters instead of the big picture. At this time, look at the small details in order to move forward. Too often it is easy to be focused only on the end goal or the larger picture at play.

If a significant change is becoming too hard to put into action, then perhaps a series of small changes will help lead to that larger change. This form of preparation will be needed in order to put all the small pieces together and form the much larger picture.

Interpretation & Meaning of IChing Hexagram 9: 小畜 "Attention To Detail" - Hsiao Ch'u

Interpretation & Meaning of Hexagram 9:

Hexagram 9 calls for a slowing in progression in order to look at the small details. With any issues the caster might be facing once receiving Hexagram 9, it’s important to bring into focus all the small parts of the problem. Matters need to be handled on a smaller scale.

Perhaps conflict needs to be resolved between two people instead of bringing in powerful authorities. Also, an item could be fixed with fixing a part instead of throwing away the whole thing and buying a new piece. No matter what the issue might be, try to enjoy the smaller things in life.

I Ching Hexagram 9 – Personal Goals:

During this period of focusing on the small details, take the time to work on personal strengths and skills. Often we can become easily excited over a new idea or plan. We think of the large things we can accomplish or put forth in our communities to fix a problem.

With this new rush of inspiration we can often fly off the starting point without examining all the small parts. To become successful, first look at gaining a small harvest before taking on the entire country side. Creating milestones will help form small goals that will lead up to the end point.

I Ching Hexagram 9 – Love:

If there is a conflict at home between a family member or a partner, instead of pondering on what could be causing the issues, focus on the small details of the matter. It is often the small things that are overlooked that result in the largest conflicts within the family.

Are there little chores that could be completed in order to bring harmony into home? Little acts of kindness that go without boasting often can be the key to fixing any relationship. To show how we care about one another doesn’t need to happen through large events, but small actions that often go without praise but never go unnoticed.

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I Ching Hexagram 9 – Career & Business:

When working on a project at work or school, it is easy to focus on the end product. It is easy to understand what is supposed to be created and what is to be accomplished by finishing the project. A plan has been put into place to complete the project.

But if we only focus on the end of the project, it can be easy to miss the individual parts of the project that make up the whole. Examine each part of the project. See if there are any small matters that need to be dealt with in order for the plan to be successful. Like fixing the wires on a computer to make sure the whole machine will function properly.


Has success.
Dense clouds, no rain from our western region.


The wind drives across heaven:

Thus the superior man
Refines the outward aspect of his nature.


Time and again we can accomplish great things by performing small actions. It is the small dew drop that falls into the calm lake and causes the large ripples to spread across the surface of the water. The I Ching hexagram suggests we never know who might be watching us, so focus more on the small matters at hand and worry about the large pictures another day.

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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