Above: The Astute (5)
Below: The Difficult (4)
The I Ching ends on a hopeful note, signifying a time when the transition from chaos to order is due.
Everything is prepared, but the change is yet to occur. The conditions are difficult and the task is great, but success is in view.
The metaphor offered to characterise the position here is where a young fox walks over the weakened late winter river ice. The fox has yet to learn to discern signs of failure beneath his feet.
Before completion, consideration and caution are fundamental to success.