The situation represented by the hexagram as a whole is called the time.

This term comprises several entirely different meanings, according to the character of the various hexagrams.


In all cases the time of a hexagram is determinative for the meaning of the situation as a whole, on the basis of which the individual lines receive their meaning.

A given line - let us say, a six in the third place - can be now favorable, now unfavorable, according to the time determinant.