I Ching Hexagram 4 Changing to Hexagram 8

#4.2,5,6 > #8
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"Youthful Inexperience"   is changing to   "Union"

In the illustration above, we see I Ching hexagram #4 transforming to hexagram #8 with a total of 3 changing lines.

In this changing hexagram, both the upper and lower trigrams are seen changing from #4 to #8.


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Mountain Water
Water Earth

The beginning hexagram #4 breaks down into the upper trigram of Mountain positioned above the lower trigram of Water.

The successive transformed hexagram, #8, is built from a transformed upper trigram of Water positioned above a transformed lower trigram of Earth.


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 8

Changing line #2

"Show tolerance to the Fool" - The person who has a strong character exercises patience and resolve in dealing with those who act rashly and stupidly. Act with inner strength, and extreme tolerance and the issues at hand will be resolved. When others act emotionally it will fall to you to keep a cool head.

Changing line #5

"Youthful Inexperience Brings Luck" - Beginners luck reminds the wise that wisdom alone is not the path to achieving one's goals. Beginners can often make up for their lack of wisdom with enthusiasm and new ideas. A young person may be surprisingly helpful. Do not be afraid to try new things at this time. A new approach.

Changing line #6

"Transgressions do not Further One" - There comes a time when foolishness must be punished or when those who are foolish must be left to their own misery. Remember though, that one's response should be measured, and not the result of emotion. To overreact with a loss of control is to be foolish as well.


The future hexagram #8:
"Union"

The meaning of hexagram #8

This hexagram represents the binding force, or commitments that exist between two people or organizations. Through union we become more powerful and yet we must also remember that to some extent we become less free. Strong commitment and authority is required, but so is a letting go of personal desires for the sake of the greater good. Union is an agreement and a blessing. It is a force for strength, but it must also be nurtured and protected. A union that is not defended will eventually shatter.

For more about hexagram #8, including changing lines for #8 visit the main hexagram #8 page.


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