Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
46 – Forty-Six Shêng / Upward Mobility
Beneath the Soil, the Seedling pushes upward toward the light: To preserve his integrity, the Superior Person contents himself with small gains that eventually lead to great accomplishment.
Supreme Success. Have no doubts. Seek guidance from someone you respect. A constant move toward greater clarity will bring reward.
You are progressing, rising inch-by-inch toward certain success. What makes this assured is your refusal to tilt headlong toward your goal, slamming into obstacles and going mad with frustration. You have a clear map before you of the steps necessary to reach your objective. With faithful patience and a careful conservation of personal energy and resources, you will run this long, slow distance.
Six at the top means:
Climbing onward and upward through dark of night is perilous, but your tenacity is admirable.
Good fortune if you avoid the slightest misstep.
Pushing upward in darkness. It furthers one To be unremittingly persevering.
He who pushes upward blindly deludes himself. He knows only advance, not retreat. But this means exhaustion. In such a case it is important to be constantly mindful that one must be conscientious and consistent and must remain so. Only thus does one become free of blind impulse, which is always harmful.
18 – Eighteen Ku / Repairing the Damage
Winds sweep through the Mountain valley: The Superior Person sweeps away corruption and stagnation by stirring up the people and strengthening their spirit.
Supreme success. Before crossing to the far shore, consider the move for three days. After crossing, devote three days of hard labor to damage control.
You are blessed with an opportunity to resuscitate that which others have abandoned as beyond repair. This ruin wasn’t caused by evil intention, but by indifference to decay. Just by addressing yourself to the problem, you exhibit a new awareness, a fresh perspective. This is a time of recovery, renewal, regeneration.