Hexagram 27, line 3:
六三 拂頤。貞凶. 十年勿用。无攸利。
Six in the Third. Slapped cheeks. Divining unfortunate. Do not sacrifice for ten years. Nothing profits.
Six in the Third. Slapped cheeks. Perseverance unfortunate. Do not act for ten years. Nothing profits.
The top line here is a Yang and the present line, corresponding to it, is a Yin. This means that a person in a high position, but with no knowledge of the situation ‘on the ground’, insults and harms a subordinate. The slap in the face here is merely a symbol of the substantive demotion by those above. Another example of such a situation is a person reaching out to the person they think is their source of nourishment and being rudely pushed away.
This is a very negative hexagram for both parties involved. The organization above is mismanaged, but pointing that out is dangerous to those below.
Ten years represents a complete cycle of time. In the old text perhaps it represents not ten years, but ten days or another unit of ten. It is hard to believe that something would literally not be done for ten full years. I believe this is an instance of the use of 用 Yong, for sacrifice, not use, in the old text.
Iulian Shchutskii’s Book of Changes version:
The theme of depending on outside nourishment continues here from the previous line. It is repeated here, and it is entirely appropriate to the third line, which is the line of moving from inside to outside. But as we have seen repeatedly in this hexagram, to go outward is to wander from the path here. If a person persists in this, continuing their motion along the same trajectory, the effort cannot end well. Quite the opposite, they need to stop acting for as long as possible (as the Book of Changes puts it, ‘for ten years’), because action cannot produce anything beneficial. Thus the text says:
Weak line in the third (place).
Nourishment pushed away; perseverance unfortunate.
Do not act for ten years.
Oracle of the Singularity version from Second Life:
Running your mouth can set you back ten years.
No place beneficial.
Forest of Changes verse for today:
27 - 22
A group of tigers enter the town,
A great person stands in defense,
The noble does not lose the nation.