"Union" is changing to "Modesty and Progress"
Here, we can see I Ching hexagram #8 transitioning to hexagram #15 with a total of 2 changing lines.
In this changing hexagram, both the upper and lower trigrams are seen transforming from #8 to #15.
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The initial hexagram #8 breaks down into the upper trigram of Water on top of the lower trigram of Earth.
The successive completed hexagram, #15, is built from a transitioned upper trigram of Earth on top of a transitioned lower trigram of Mountain.
The starting hexagram #8:
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.
The changing lines between hexagram 8 and hexagram 15
Changing line #3
"Bound Together with Bad People"- Frequently we find ourselves associating or even in relationships with those who do not have our best interests at heart. This changing line reminds us that familiarity does not always equal dependability. We are also reminded that fundamental differences between certain people do not change.
Changing line #5
"Three Sides Only"- The symbolism here is that three of four possible sides are bound tightly, but a fourth side is intentionally left open, meaning that relationships and loyalties must be strong, but also relaxed. They must remain open to the outside world and fresh possibilities.
The future hexagram #15:
"Modesty and Progress"
The meaning of hexagram #15
This hexagram symbolizes the two concepts of modesty and progress. The suggestion here is that progress at this time can best be accomplished through a modest approach. Self promotion or boasting are seen as strong negatives here. Actions will speak far louder than self-serving words. If something is unknown, ask without shame. Feigning knowledge brings misfortune.
For more about hexagram #15, including changing lines for #15 visit the main hexagram #15 page.
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