"Great Power" is changing to "Following"
In the illustration seen here, we can see I Ching hexagram #34 transitioning to hexagram #17 with a total of 3 changing lines.
In this transformation, both the upper and lower trigrams are changed in the transition from #34 to #17.
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The beginning hexagram #34 is composed of the upper trigram of Thunder positioned above the lower trigram of Heaven.
The following transformed hexagram, #17, can be broken down into a new, changed upper trigram of Lake positioned above a new, changed lower trigram of Thunder.
The starting hexagram #34:
The meaning of hexagram #34
As if thunder and lightning are your allies, this hexagram implies great strength. This is a time to summon your determination and feel your own fortitude. Trust your momentum and your reputation will grow. Pay attention to details and follow through with your intentions, projects and ideas. New allies will surface as you extend your influence into uncharted lands. Helpful solutions will come to you. Let your vision and higher purpose be your compass.
The changing lines between hexagram 34 and hexagram 17
Changing line #2
"Taking a Stand"- You have great power to rise above current challenges. Feel your immense power, but use it wisely and in right measure. Persevere without over-using your power and you will turn failure into success. Access an inner sense of equilibrium so that you may stand strong directly where you are
Changing line #3
"Using Strength Wisely"- Stay mindful of where and how you direct your energy and power. Why exert it against an electrically charged barb-wire fence, when there is no reason to go through it? The wise person withdraws from activities/people that waste their energy.
Changing line #5
"Letting go of the Goat"- This image means: If you suffer a setback, give up remorse. You are strong but you are not all powerful. See your limits and forgive yourself for them. Giving up something you have been clinging to is your best option
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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