I Ching Hexagram 10 Changing to Hexagram 20

#10.1,2,4 > #20
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"Steps"   is changing to   "Meditation"

Above, we can see I Ching hexagram #10 changing to hexagram #20 with a total of 3 changing lines.

In this changing hexagram, both the upper and lower trigrams are seen changing from #10 to #20.


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Heaven Lake
Wind Earth

The beginning hexagram #10 is built from the upper trigram of Heaven over the lower trigram of Lake.

The following completed hexagram, #20, is built from a new, changed upper trigram of Wind over a new, changed lower trigram of Earth.


The starting hexagram #10:
"Steps"

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 20

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 #2

"Perseverance of the Solitary Soul"- The path is long and difficult. A change in this line indicates that one who is removed from daily interaction, and quietly focuses on the task at hand will be successful. Being true to oneself is indicated here, along with a warning not to be distracted by social pressure.

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.


The future hexagram #20:
"Meditation"

The meaning of hexagram #20

The meaning of this hexagram is meditation and contemplation, but the visual significance is that of a tower with a broad view which enables one to meditate on the wider landscape rather than immediate events. An additional meaning of this tower is that the tower itself can be seen for many miles, suggesting "an example" being set for others. This is a time to reflect carefully on what has gone before, and what is happening now in a broader sense. Decisions made at this time will be witnessed by many.

For more about hexagram #20, including changing lines for #20 visit the main hexagram #20 page.


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