I Ching Hexagram 1 Changing to Hexagram 8

#1.1,2,3,4,6 > #8
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"Creativity (Heaven)"   is changing to   "Union"

In the transformation pictured above, we can see I Ching hexagram #1 transitioning to hexagram #8 with a total of 5 changing lines.

In this changing hexagram, both the upper and lower trigrams are changed from #1 to #8.

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Heaven Heaven
Water Earth

The first hexagram #1 is built from the upper trigram of Heaven on top of an identical lower trigram of Heaven.

The following changed hexagram, #8, can be broken down into a new, changed upper trigram of Water on top of a new, changed lower trigram of Earth.

The starting hexagram #1:
"Creativity (Heaven)"

The meaning of hexagram #1

Heaven signifies the ultimate creative force. This hexagram formed of six unbroken lines signifies the purest form of power and positive energy. An expression of pure truth and strength that exceeds all worldly, physical or immediate concerns. A time of profound thought and conscious creation.

The changing lines between hexagram 1 and hexagram 8

Changing line #1

"Hidden Dragon. Do Not Act" - Have patience. There is a time for action and a time for mature patience. Now is a time for a cautious pause. Time holds answers for those who would wait for them.

Changing line #2

"A Dragon Appears in the Field" - Greatness and prominence are different things. One can be great long before one achieves success. A seriousness and intensity of purpose mark one destined for great things. True greatness is shown by example.

Changing line #3

"Vigilance all Day, Apprehension by Night" - A constant defence of ones principles is needed. Creation requires constant effort and a wellspring of energy. Be cautious of forces that would lead astray or take advantage of a lapse in focus.

Changing line #4

"The Dragon Soars up from the Depths" - Choices are at hand that will have profound effects on future direction. Remember that neither choice is right or wrong. They are simply reflections of your true self. Reflect not on the question, but on the path to which you belong.

Changing line #6

"Great Boundaries are Broken" - In this line we see the great dragon (a powerful and epic force for energy and creation) going too far. There is a difference between what can be achieved and what should be achieved. Excesses are referenced here. Some lines should not be crossed.

The future hexagram #8:

The meaning of hexagram #8

This hexagram represents the binding force, or commitments that exist between two people or organizations. Through union we become more powerful and yet we must also remember that to some extent we become less free. Strong commitment and authority is required, but so is a letting go of personal desires for the sake of the greater good. Union is an agreement and a blessing. It is a force for strength, but it must also be nurtured and protected. A union that is not defended will eventually shatter.

For more about hexagram #8, including changing lines for #8 visit the main hexagram #8 page.

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