"Approaching" is changing to "Following"
Here, we can see I Ching hexagram #19 changing to hexagram #17 with a total of 3 changing lines.
In this changing hexagram, both the upper and lower trigrams are changed in the transition from #19 to #17.
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The first hexagram #19 is composed of the upper trigram of Earth on top of the lower trigram of Lake.
The following transformed hexagram, #17, breaks down into a newly transformed upper trigram of Lake on top of a newly transformed lower trigram of Thunder.
The starting hexagram #19:
The meaning of hexagram #19
This hexagram references the positive concepts of anticipation and expectation. A time of growing power and energies which have not yet revealed themselves. Diligence and focus must be at maximal levels because a time of great flourishing is near. The period of late winter (just prior to the springtime) is also referenced here.
The changing lines between hexagram 19 and hexagram 17
Changing line #2
"A Unified Success"- This changing line (similar to the bottom line of this hexagram) indicates the approach of two people or things. An event or place may be approached together with the company of a friend or partner. This event is advantageous to both parties. Or if two events approach, both are successful.
Changing line #4
"Approaching from Above"- What approaches has been carefully foreseen and predicted. Preparations are well in place for a successful fulfillment of goals. A change in this line is a favorable indicator which suggests there will be no negative surprises. What is important has already been accounted for.
Changing line #5
"Advancing Wisdom"- There is anticipation towards that which approaches. But anticipation must not give way to over-eagerness or rash decisions. Wisdom must be sought out and allowed the proper time. Self-restraint must conquer self-gratification. Do not give in to anticipation. Allow events to unfold at their own pace.
The future hexagram #17:
The meaning of hexagram #17
The act of 'following' is often seen as a lesser state to 'leading'. But leading requires knowledge and knowledge is gained from following those who are experienced and great. There is no shame in following one who has knowlege for that is how leadership is perfected. In order to lead one must know what following is. In order to follow well, one must be focused on leadership. A weak follower is one who follows without ambition. A weak leader is one who leads without a knowledge of following.
For more about hexagram #17, including changing lines for #17 visit the main hexagram #17 page.
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