I Ching Hexagram 10 Changing to Hexagram 38

#10.5 > #38
You are viewing the transition page for hexagram #10 to #38. — There's more information on the main hexagram #10 page

"Steps"   is changing to   "Opposition"

Here, we see I Ching hexagram #10 transforming to hexagram #38 with a single changing line.

In this transformation, the changes are limited to the upper trigram during the movement from #10 to #38.

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Heaven Lake
Fire Lake

The initial hexagram #10 is composed of the upper trigram of Heaven on top of the lower trigram of Lake.

The second completed hexagram, #38, breaks down into a transitioned upper trigram of Fire on top of an untransformed lower trigram of Lake.

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 38

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 #38:

The meaning of hexagram #38

This hexagram implies a draw, an impasse or a stalemate. Like water and fire coming together, opposing forces bring activity to a standstill. The opposing forces you encounter may be the actions or opinions of others, or they may be one's own. An internal struggle may have brought you to a point where movement is impossible. This is a time to identify a higher vision for yourself. Look to see who shares your vision and who does not, who is in alignment with your cause and who is not. This is an opportunity to evaluate and decide on directions for future movement. The first step in dealing with opposition is identifying it.

For more about hexagram #38, including changing lines for #38 visit the main hexagram #38 page.

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