震 – Chinese philosophy and culture

zhèn 震

Zhen (Vibration)

“八卦”之一,画为“”。“震”又为“六十四卦”之一,由两个三画的“震”卦组成,画为“”。在“八卦”系统中,“震”卦的基本象征意义是雷,雷鸣而万物震动,因此有震动、发动之义。“震”卦由一个阳爻和两个阴爻组成,属于阳卦,在人伦领域象征男性。而且,“震”卦中的阳爻居于下位,为阳卦之长,故象征家中的长子。

Zhen is one of the eight trigrams. Its diagram is . It is also one of the 64 hexagrams and composed of two trigrams like this . In the eight-trigram system, this one basically means thunder, the shock of which causes all things to vibrate. Therefore it means vibration, impulse or mobilization. Composed of one whole line and two broken lines, it is considered a yang trigram, symbolizing the male in human relations. Since the whole line is at the bottom of this trigram, it is the first of the yang trigrams and stands for the eldest son of a family.

引例 Citations:

◎震,动也。(《周易·说卦》)

(震,意为震动、发动。)

Zhen means vibration, impulse or mobilization. (The Book of Changes)

◎洊(jiàn)雷,震。君子以恐惧修省。(《周易·象下》)

(相继而作的雷鸣,就是“震”。君子因此惶恐惊惧,修身自省。)

Repeated thunder means vibration. It is for fear of such shock that a man of integrity would perform self-cultivation. (The Book of Changes)

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