THE IMAGE:


Both thunder and lightning come:
The image of Abundance.
Thus the superior man decides lawsuits
And carries out punishments.


This hexagram has a certain connection with Shih Ho, Biting Through (hexagram 21), in which thunder and lightning similarly appear together, but in the reverse order. In Biting Through, laws are laid down; here they are applied and enforced. Clarity [Li] within makes it possible to investigate the facts exactly, and shock [Chên] without ensures a strict and precise carrying out of punishments.