During the reign of Tang Tai Zong 唐太宗, there were two famous diviners - Yuan Tian Gang 袁天罡 and Li Chun Feng 李淳風. One day, the emperor strolled along the river side with these two diviners keeping him company. They saw one black horse and one red horse walking slowly towards the river.
The emperor asked, “Which horse do you think will enter the river first?”
Yuan said, “I got the hexagram Li. Since Li is fire, the red horse will enter the river first.”
Li said, “ Using your hexagram Li, I think the black horse will enter the river first.”
The emperor did not understand and asked him why.
“Well,” Li smiled, “We see smoke before we see fire. Smoke is black. Therefore it is the black horse that will enter the river first.”
Li was right. The black horse entered the river first.
Yuan said graciously to Li, “I admire your divination skill. It is definitely superior.”
Li said, “Without the hexagram Li you obtained correctly, I would not have the accurate prediction. Therefore, your skill is superior.”
The emperor said, “You both are superb.”
What do you think?