Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
10 – Ten Lü / Worrying the Tiger
Heaven shines down on the Marsh which reflects it back imperfectly: Though the Superior Man carefully discriminates between high and low, and acts in accord with the flow of the Tao, there are still situations where a risk must be taken.
You tread upon the tail of the tiger. Not perceiving you as a threat, the startled tiger does not bite. Success.
You have reached a perilous point in your journey. This is a real gamble — not a maneuver, not a calculated risk. The outcome is uncertain. If it goes as you hope, you will gain — but if it turns against you it will cause serious injury, at least to your plans. The best tack is extreme caution and a healthy respect for the danger involved.
Nine at the top means: Look to your conduct and weigh the favorable signs. When everything is fulfilled, supreme good fortune comes.
‘Enjoying the Fruit of Labor’ – Keith Martin Johns
The work is ended. If we want to know whether good fortune will follow, we must look back on our conduct and its consequences. If the effects are good, then good fortune is certain. No one knows himself. It is only by the consequences of his actions, by the fruit of his labors, that a man can judge what he is to expect.
54 – Fifty-Four Kuei Mei / A Loveless Marriage
The Thunderstorm inseminates the swelling Lake, then moves on where the Lake cannot follow: The Superior Person views passing trials in the light of Eternal Truths. Any action will prove unfortunate. Nothing furthers.
This is at best a Marriage of Convenience. You have found yourself in desperate straits, a position of weakness, and you are tempted to pay dearly for a remedy. A drowning man isn’t picky about who throws him a rope. The rescue offered to you now is undesirable. It may pull you out of this sticky situation, but it will cause even greater predicaments down the road. Don’t obligate yourself in this way. You are selling your future for a quick fix today.