I Ching Hexagram 2 Changing to Hexagram 3

#2.1,5 > #3
You are viewing the transition page for hexagram #2 to #3. — There's more information on the main hexagram #2 page

"The Receptive"   is changing to   "Trouble at the Start"

Above, we see I Ching hexagram #2 changing to hexagram #3 with a total of 2 changing lines.

In this transformation, both the upper and lower trigrams are changed in the transition from #2 to #3.


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Earth Earth
Water Thunder

The initial hexagram #2 breaks down into the upper trigram of Earth above a matching lower trigram of Earth.

The successive transformed hexagram, #3, deconstructs into a newly transformed upper trigram of Water above a newly transformed lower trigram of Thunder.


The starting hexagram #2:
"The Receptive"

The meaning of hexagram #2

The Receptive is the hexagram denoting "devotion" and the spirit of the Earth. Fertile ground is required for creation. The hexagram of "the receptive" often has a strong female meaning, but can denote a powerful relationship between either a man and a woman, a father and son or between friends. A conscious act of devotion and a willingness to stand by that person, principle or force which sustains us, guides us or fills us with energy.


The changing lines between hexagram 2 and hexagram 3

Changing line #1

"The Ice is Coming" - Frost is underfoot, but soon there will be ice. Pay attention to problems now, as they are warnings of even greater problems yet to come. Issues addressed at this early stage will be much easier to deal with.

Changing line #5

"The Yellow Garment" - Yellow symbolizes the earth and that which is authentic. Look beneath the surface to see what is real. Outward appearances are less important than that which lies beneath. A simple yellow garment is worn underneath. Modesty, integrity and simplicity will defeat flashy displays and superficial efforts.


The future hexagram #3:
"Trouble at the Start"

The meaning of hexagram #3

This hexagram indicates progress after a difficult or delayed beginning. New projects or ambitions should be carefully planned before beginning. Consider the help of close friends or a trusted associate: their help will guarantee your success in the matter at hand. Storms may also be indicated here.

For more about hexagram #3, including changing lines for #3 visit the main hexagram #3 page.


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