九五

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Literally: nine (in the) fifth (position)

The first hexagram of the I Ching is six solid bars from bottom to top. In I Ching divination, a value of nine corresponds to a solid bar (old yang: i.e. yang changing into yin). In the I Ching commentary for the first hexagram (周易/乾), it notes that a value of nine in the fifth position (the second bar from the top) has the following meaning:
As a result of the symbolism of the wording in the commentary, this term eventually came to be associated with the emperor.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

九五

  1. (archaic) the emperor
the fifth bar (the second from the top) is a solid line, and has a numerical value of nine (old yang)

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