THE SIGN:

Trigram Kên, Keeping Stillabove Kên Keeping Still, Mountain
Trigram Sun, the Gentlebelow Sun the Gentle, Wind, Wood

The Chinese character Ku represents a bowl in whose contents worms are breeding. This means decay. It is come about because the gentle indifference in the lower trigram has come together with the rigid inertia of the upper, and the result is stagnation. Since this implies guilt, the conditions embody a demand for removal of the cause. Hence the meaning of the hexagram is not simply "what has been spoiled" but "work on what has been spoiled".