The sixth line personality is inherently different from all the others. It has a different process that it goes through in its life. It has a dynamic that divides its life into several distinct periods, regaardless if it is the sixth line as a personality or at the unconscious level. The sixth line is the line of the role model. In our metaphor of the hexagram as a house, the sixth line is the roof of that house. It is not really part of the hexagram process itself. It is beyond that. It is in fact the observer of what’s gone on through all the other profiles. It is looking at the process itself and its bringing judgment with that observation.
The sixth line goes through three distinct stages. The first stage goes from birth to approximately thirty years old. It is during this stage that the sixth line engages in third line activity.
Remember that in the symmetry of the hexagram structure that the third line and the sixth line are actually doing the same job. The third line completes the lower trigram. It is the ceiling of the lower trigram. The sixth line is the roof of the whole house. They have a relationship to each other, a harmony. The third line is a trial and error process. The sixth line during this first thirty year period engages in trial and error in order to taste the various possibilities of its nature.
Sixth line personality is a role model personality. It is insistent that everything work correctly. Everything must work correctly. It learns very quickly through its trial and error experiences that things do not work out that way but the 6th line strives to change that. This is when the sixth line theme moves towards the second stage of aloofness (between 30 and 50 years) and begins to withdraw.
With the 6/2 profile and its second line hermit unconscious this withdrawal is natural. It is during this second period that the sixth line personality will become aloof, will not engage. They will become the objective observer of what is going on around them.
In the final stage of their life, in the post fifty year period, is the opportunity for the sixth line to be able to re-engage. This is an essential completion process for the sixth line. To come to a point of re-entering into, rather than staying aloof from life itself.
The 6/2 profile has great transpersonal power. They are always noticed. They can be withdrawn and reclusive sitting on the roof of the house, but they are visible up there. There are many who recognize that they are being watched. They see that there is a constant observer and that observer becomes an attractive force. A place to seek out objective advice.
The 6/2 profile is the role model hermit. It is the democratic administrator. The role model administrator seeking the perfect place. The right work. The right career. The right relationship for others. The 6/2 profile is society’s sounding board. However, within themselves is a basic dilemma.
The sixth line personality is fundamentally optimistic. It looks out in the world and it dreams and hopes for the best in life. And not only for itself, but through its transpersonal nature, the best in life for others. There is always the assumption within the sixth line that it is possible. At the same time the second line unconscious has come to see the frailness of humanity, the weakness and self-hatred.
It is the 6/2’s unconscious and its memory that keeps its personal aloofness. 6/2’s interact powerfully with the communities around them. They are truly transpersonal beings. Yet at the personal level within themselves, through their second line unconscious, they are not involved. They have their distance.
Perhaps the most difficult aspect for a 6/2 profile is the nature of bonding in their life. All human beings need another. We are part of a binary system and we are not fulfilled without the other. The sixth line personality is an idealist. More than an idealist it is an optimist that is looking for a true reality, a true value that it can trust.
The sixth line in the first part of its life, in the first thirty years of its life, will dive into intimacy and it will dive into intimacy only to discover that it has not found its soul mate. It will be driven in that first half of its life to find that perfect soul mate and the disillusionment that comes with such a pursuit.
The sixth line needs to have trust. When it sees that relationships are untrustworthy they become aloof from intimacy. The 6/2 profile cannot live by anything it cannot trust and likewise they cannot live with anyone they cannot trust. If you break the trust of a 6/2 profile, they will never engage with you again. It does not mean that they will not be social with you. The sixth line personality has a pure transpersonal skill. They can always interact with the other at the surface. They are here to be leaders in that process. But they won’t let you in.
Determined leaders is the theme of the 6/2 profile. As a leader they have their natural separation from those that they are interacting with. But whether or not it can finally join in the process is the ultimate determination whether the 6/2 profile is complete in its life.
There is nothing that one has to do about this. It is not as if this knowledge will stop a 6/2 profile from being scarred in the first period of its life by experiences that simply do not work. It is not going to stop the 6/2 profile from becoming aloof in its mid-life.
The 6/2 profile is always moving between sympathy and apathy. They are always being sought out by the other for confirmation. It is the 6/2 that is naturally considered to be a reliable authority.
We know the second line theme is a theme of being called. The 6/2 is called upon to bring its objective judgment, to bring its leadership. There is a seduction in a lifetime of administrating and not being involved. The most difficult aspect of the 6/2 profile’s life comes when they reach fifty years of age. It is in this post fifty year period that the real value of life for them can emerge. When they are no longer aloof but they have received the call themselves and join in what they judge to be correct.
The new age 6/2 profile can clearly discern and discriminate between all the various paths that are available. In its capacity as a role model administrator it can point out to others which way works. They themselves are not participating. They themselves are not engaged. All sixth line personalities must come to a point where they can re-engage, where what they recognize through their administrative capacity to be correct is also what they themselves live. In that way their process is complete.
When the 6/2 profile is living out its Type, when it is entering into things correctly according to its Type, engagement automatically happens.