"Staying Still" is changing to "Retreat"
Here, we see I Ching hexagram #52 changing to hexagram #33 with a total of 2 changing lines.
In this changing hexagram, the transformation is seen only in the upper trigram during the progression from #52 to #33.
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The starting hexagram #52 is built from the upper trigram of Mountain on top of another lower trigram of Mountain.
The following changed hexagram, #33, is built from a newly transformed upper trigram of Heaven on top of an untransformed lower trigram of Mountain.
The starting hexagram #52:
The meaning of hexagram #52
This hexagram suggests finding stillness and peace amidst chaos and motion. The world is constantly in flux. But this hexagram is asking you to call into question the notion that there needs to be movement at all. Staying still in one's heart can be the ultimate destination. The wise person, who has found stillness of mind and heart, will experience no opposition at this time. This is an opportunity to meditate and gain new awareness. You will soon find that you are able to take a breather from the noise of your mind and your life. Out of deep inner stillness comes powerful action.
The changing lines between hexagram 52 and hexagram 33
Changing line #4
"Keeping Trunk Still"- This line is a sign of true progress. You are starting to stand still, symbolically speaking, and soon your mind will know greater quiet and ease. Peace of mind is not a hard job. Effortlessness is the key that unlocks its door
Changing line #5
"Keeping Mouth Shut"- Less talking, quietness and silence are your best allies at this time. Employ them to help promote your peace of mind.
The future hexagram #33:
The meaning of hexagram #33
Advantage can often be gained by moving backwards temporarily, before again moving forward. This is a time to take a break, go on vacation or spend time alone. Step away from the "battlefield" for a time. Be willing to survey progress as well as losses. Cut losses and allegiances that hold you back from your goals. Reevaluate everything. Retreat can be a sign of strength here. This type of retreat is not the same as surrender; this is a regrouping of your forces.
For more about hexagram #33, including changing lines for #33 visit the main hexagram #33 page.
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