I Ching Hexagram 10 Changing to Hexagram 11

#10.3,4,5,6 > #11
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"Steps"   is changing to   "Peace"

In the illustration shown here, we can see I Ching hexagram #10 transitioning to hexagram #11 with a total of 4 changing lines.

In this transformation, both the upper and lower trigrams are seen changing from #10 to #11.

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Heaven Lake
Earth Heaven

The first hexagram #10 breaks down into the upper trigram of Heaven above the lower trigram of Lake.

The secondary completed hexagram, #11, is composed of a newly transformed upper trigram of Earth above a newly transformed lower trigram of Heaven.

The starting hexagram #10:

The meaning of hexagram #10

This simple looking hexagram relates to circumstances which might be inherently risky. In most cases treading in dangerous places is inadvisable. At this time however, there is very little danger. It is written in the ancient Book of Changes that "One steps on the tail of a tiger at his or her own risk" but the appearance of this hexagram suggests that right now such an act would be ignored (or even seen as playful). A more general reference here could be a mingling of people belonging to different social backgrounds. This sign is typically positive.

The changing lines between hexagram 10 and hexagram 11

Changing line #3

"A One Eyed Man Still Sees"- This changing line near the middle of the hexagram is a reminder that the capacity to do something adequately is very different from the capacity to succeed at doing something well. If we attempt to do something when our abilities are not at their peak, we flirt with disaster at this time.

Changing line #4

"Apprehension and Caution"- When the possibilities of failure exist on all sides, the wise man or woman moves cautiously. An intense focus is required on events all around oneself, but at the same time an inner focus is required to control ones' path. Forward motion is the result of careful meditation. Ahead there is success.

Changing line #5

"Determination in the Face of Danger"- The brave individual does not ignore danger, and move forward fearlessly. The brave individual is intensely aware of the danger and the fear and presses forward despite them. Character is the measure of awareness and action. To ignore danger is to fail. To allow danger to overcome one is to fail. Awareness is truth.

Changing line #6

"Look to Your Conduct"- A change in this line at the top of the hexagram is simply a reminder that the ends do not justify the means. One's overall conduct throughout a process is extremely important. Victory is achievable. But a higher level of victory is the one in which the whole process has been conducted with honor.

The future hexagram #11:

The meaning of hexagram #11

This powerful hexagram which in its most literal sense means "heaven" supporting the "earth" is an indication of peace and favorable times. This is a sign of prosperity, plenty and success. Heaven and the Earth are in spiritual contact at this time, and a harmony exists between them. Positive energy overwhelms and it is the responsibility of all to use and channel that energy wisely and for good.

For more about hexagram #11, including changing lines for #11 visit the main hexagram #11 page.

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