I Ching Hexagram 4 Changing to Hexagram 18

#4.3 > #18
You are viewing the transition page for hexagram #4 to #18. — There's more information on the main hexagram #4 page

"Youthful Inexperience"   is changing to   "Ruin"

In the transformation shown above, we can see I Ching hexagram #4 changing to hexagram #18 with a single changing line.

In this transformation, the changes are limited to the lower trigram during the movement from #4 to #18.


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Mountain Water
Mountain Wind

The initial hexagram #4 can be broken down into the upper trigram of Mountain over the lower trigram of Water.

The secondary transformed hexagram, #18, deconstructs into a preserved, unchanged upper trigram of Mountain over a transitioned lower trigram of Wind.


The starting hexagram #4:
"Youthful Inexperience"

The meaning of hexagram #4

Inexperience is a double edged sword. It leads one to make mistakes, but the mistakes are necessary in order to learn. Do not feign knowledge. Seek out experience and ask what you do not know. Over time, all gaps in knowlege will be filled.


The changing lines between hexagram 4 and hexagram 18

Changing line #3

"To Lose Posession of Self" - This line references strength of character and resolve within relationships. One should stay true to one's commitments and not waiver in the face of materialistic opportunity. An unfaithful man or woman may be referenced here.


The future hexagram #18:
"Ruin"

The meaning of hexagram #18

Decay and destruction are indicated in this foreboding hexagram which literally means "Mountain above Wind". The cold winds have decended from the mountain and are destroying the crops below. What is being destroyed can be saved, but enormous efforts will be required. Only through dedication and tireless labor will what is cherished be kept safe. A time of scarcity is indicated. Time must not be wasted. To relax at this time is to ensure failure.

For more about hexagram #18, including changing lines for #18 visit the main hexagram #18 page.


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