"Steps" is changing to "Ruin"
In the transformation pictured above, we see I Ching hexagram #10 changing to hexagram #18 with a total of 4 changing lines.
In this changing hexagram, both the upper and lower trigrams are transformed from #10 to #18.
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The initial hexagram #10 deconstructs into the upper trigram of Heaven over the lower trigram of Lake.
The secondary changed hexagram, #18, deconstructs into a new, changed upper trigram of Mountain over a new, changed lower trigram of Wind.
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 18
Changing line #1
"Conduct as Usual"- A change in this line at the base of this hexagram is an indication that the best course of action at this time is the course which is most typically followed. While there are unknowns in the present situation, a familiarity with the tried and true looks especially helpful at this time.
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.
The future hexagram #18:
The meaning of hexagram #18
Decay and destruction are indicated in this foreboding hexagram which literally means "Mountain above Wind". The cold winds have decended from the mountain and are destroying the crops below. What is being destroyed can be saved, but enormous efforts will be required. Only through dedication and tireless labor will what is cherished be kept safe. A time of scarcity is indicated. Time must not be wasted. To relax at this time is to ensure failure.
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