This is reprinted from some other source found in 2006; I'm sorry but I don't know who wrote it, but it seems like it comes from Ra.
First Line - Foundation
Line 1 is the foundation – it is the underlying theme of the hexagram, the support on which it is built. Its keynote is called introspection. Introspection is to look inward, to study and to investigate – in order to be prepared. When you think about those words you can see that these are strategies that would be useful in overcoming insecurity. The 1st line is basically insecure. Realize that the 1st line is down there at the bottom - it knows something is happening and other things are going to happen but it has no idea what. It's supporting a structure about which it knows very little. Consequently they are driven to be introspective and to study. They want the foundation to be as solid as possible – able to deal with whatever the structure above may undergo.
Second Line - Projection
Where the theme of the 1st line is receptivity and takes things in, the theme of the 2nd line is creativity so it takes nothing in. The 2nd line is the 'Natural' – it is just doing its thing. The 2nd line is quite happy in its own company and really doesn't want to be interrupted by the other. The 2nd line is a projection line – but more like a movie projector than the Projector "Type".
2nd lines project themselves as a creative force so when other people see them they think they are seeing this creative force. They don't actually see the person. The 2nd line is shy and its internal dynamic is along the lines of "Leave me alone, I'm just doing - but I don't know how". It is this quality that makes them reluctant to be called out by the other, because they have no idea whether or not they may appear either amazing or ludicrous. This is the line of the Hermit.
Third Line - Adaptation
The 3rd line is the culmination of the lower trigram. It's a very receptive line that is here to adapt. This is the line of trial and error. People with the 3rd line learn by learning what doesn't work. They may have to try something 50 times – making 49 mistakes along the way - before they find what works. If you want to know what doesn't work, just ask a third line who's figured something out! This is where real discovery takes place.
The 3rd line can have a tremendous perseverance. It can also happen that 3rd line people become deeply pessimistic. It's as though when the world changes and they have to adapt to something new they say "Oh no, here we go again – nothing I try is going to work." It's important they understand that this is their gift of adaptation and they simply need to persevere. That doesn't mean, by the way, to simply keep trying the same thing that doesn't work. The 3rd line is not transpersonal. It knows that others are out there but it only knows that because in the course of its adaptive trial and error process it is always bumping into them.
Fourth Line - Externalization
The Fourth line marks the begining of the upper trigram. While the lower trigram is internal – focused on and absorbed in its own process, the upper trigram steps out into the world of the other. Lines 1, 2 and 3 (starting at the bottom of the hexagram) symbolize the inner world and Lines 4, 5 and 6 symbolize the outer world. The 1st 2nd and 3rd lines are involved in their own process. This is essential for the lower trigram to be strong and able to support the upper trigram.
When you move from the 3rd line to the 4th line you move from the lower trigram to the upper trigram. Even though the 4th line is in the upper trigram it acts as a middle point between the two trigrams.
The 4th line is where the gene makes a half turn on the helix, giving it a view of the lower and the upper lines. It has a facility to pass information from the lower to the upper and vice versa. They do this by externalizing whatever is going on in their own lives – almost in a kind of 'in your face' way. They can't wait to tell others all about everything, and they're not all that concerned with whether or not the other is interested in what's being externalized. Think of the missionary spreading the word of god as an example.
Fifth Line - Universalization
The 5th line has excellent interpersonal skills. In the ancient I Ching the 5th line is considered the ruling line. Others don't see the 5th line as they really are, rather they see them as what they (the others) want them to be. This is the projection aspect. The 5th line is receptive with the capacity to universalize, and it is this capacity to universalize that creates the projection.
Others see 5th line people as offering something the other wants, Lover, teacher, savior, father, etc. Others don't want mistakes, or erroneous advice from the 5th line. If what the 5 gives others isn't something that is practical, they will be punished by having their reputation slandered. 5th lines are very sensitive to potential slurs to their reputation, consequently, they can be very wary about fulfilling the expectation of the other.
Unlike the 4th line whose influence is limited to friends the 5th line can influence anyone. Because they are vulnerable to being punished they must have their conditions met. If you want a 5th line to lead they will demand that you do what they say.
Sixth Line - Transition
Once you get to the 6th line, you've come to the end in the sense that this is the top of the structure. The 1st line is the foundation but the 6th line is the roof, or even above it. The 6th line is sitting up there on the roof and it really isn't very interested any longer in what is going on down below in the rest of the house. It's not really a part of it. Up on the roof, you're looking out at all the other houses – that's why this line is called transition.
In a sense when you meet a 6th line, it's not really here, it's looking over there. What the 6th line is doing is looking ahead, looking for the transition. What's coming up? It is this aspect that gives the 6th line its quality of trust and leadership.
It's rare to find a 6th line who didn't leave home as soon as possible. They know how it all works, but while they're in that part of life when they are living as a 3rd line they know that nothing is working right. They need to go through all of that to eventually reach their full potential as a role model.
That can be a painful process and not all 6th lines are going to be healed when they reach the top. It is the job of the 6th line to look beyond – something can't do well unless they've acquired real depth. The 6th line is responsible for the hexagram, to be a role model, an example and a leader so they can tell everyone else what the next step is.
But they can't do that unless they know what that next step is. They need those years of 3rd line experience, then they need to retreat and consider everything and, finally, if they are operating correctly they can become the role model, the leader. Don't jump to conclusions about 6th lines because their path is one of process and you can rarely be sure where they are in that process.
The Not-Self Profiles And the 12 Defense Mechanisms of the Not-Self
1st - Insecure
2nd - Unaware
3rd - Ashamed
4th - Unaccepted
5th - Paranoid
6th - Disconnected
The 12 Archetypal Defense Mechanisms of the Not-Self
1/3 They are insecure about feeling ashamed - They try to make things right in order to feel more secure about themselves, only to find that they make more mistakes and consequently feel more insecure. Their Defense strategy is to bury themselves in whatever they do.
1/4 They are insecure about not being accepted - They slowly shut down because every time they try to externalize, they end up feeling more insecure because they always meet resistance.
2/4 They are unaware of feeling unaccepted - They are always shocked when other people reject or resist them, and consequently they gradually shut themselves off in their own busy little worlds.
2/5 They are unaware of being paranoid - They behave as though they don't care what others think of them (when they care more than anything), thus they alienate themselves without understanding why.
3/5 They are ashamed of their paranoia - They try to fix their own mistakes based on what others may or may not think of them. They either conform out of guilt or rebel out of denial.
3/6 They are ashamed of feeling disconnected - They try to fix this by being a perfect role model, only to discover that they can't be, which makes them feel even more ashamed. Their Defense strategy is to keep on keeping on in the hope that things will get better, whilst pretending all along that nothing is wrong.
4/6 They feel unaccepted because they are disconnected - they adopt a rigid attitude of denial that hides a deep fear of not being accepted. They maintain a tight control over their lives and are adept at masking their vulnerability, thus making it difficult for others to pierce their aloofness.
4/1 They feel unaccepted out of their insecurity - They try to become accepted in order to feel secure, but in trying, they end up distancing themselves from others in the process. Thus, they hide their light under a bushel for fear of being resisted.
5/1 They are paranoid about being insecure - They try to hide their insecurity from others by their actions, and ironically in doing so, they actually expose it. The more they expose their insecurities, the more withdrawn they become.
5/2 They are paranoid about being unaware - They try to regulate their behavior so as not to draw attention to themselves in the hope of being left alone. Out of a fear of themselves, they try to control their lives by locking themselves away in their own private world.
6/2 They are disconnected from being unaware - Because they cannot identify with what others see in them, they assume that others simply do not understand them. Thus they adopt an attitude of denial that makes them come across as arrogant and aloof. This results in them feeling even more misunderstood and disconnected from others.
6/3 They are disconnected from feeling ashamed. They try to hide from their mistakes by denying their own sense of guilt. Their defense from feeling pain is to keep on keeping on, in the hope that they will forget their past. This refusal to acknowledge their own mistakes makes it very difficult for them to trust in others and consequently they try anything that helps them escape their pain.