"Union" is changing to "Approval"
In the transformation pictured above, we can see I Ching hexagram #8 changing to hexagram #16 with a total of 2 changing lines.
In this changing hexagram, the transformation is seen only in the upper trigram during the shift from #8 to #16.
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The starting hexagram #8 deconstructs into the upper trigram of Water on top of the lower trigram of Earth.
The successive changed hexagram, #16, deconstructs into a new, changed upper trigram of Thunder on top of an unchanged lower trigram of Earth.
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 16
Changing line #4
"Holding Overtly"- There is a point in a relationship in which the solidity of the relationship has become so reliable and strong that it should be visible openly. Loyalties become stronger when they are visible and it is visibility that is called for at this time.
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 #16:
The meaning of hexagram #16
This hexagram with only one solid line indicates approval and enthusiastic support for actions and decisions. One strong line exists among many weaker supporting lines. In matters involving group decisions, consensus will be reached, and a single point of view will be shared among many. In personal matters, a choice will be respected, admired or obeyed. Unity is referenced here. Many act as one, because the one acts with confidence and clear leadership.
For more about hexagram #16, including changing lines for #16 visit the main hexagram #16 page.
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