"Union" is changing to "The Receptive"
In the transformation shown above, we see I Ching hexagram #8 changing to hexagram #2 with a lone changing line.
In this changing hexagram, the changes are limited to the upper trigram during the shift from #8 to #2.
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The beginning hexagram #8 deconstructs into the upper trigram of Water on top of the lower trigram of Earth.
The secondary changed hexagram, #2, is built from a newly transformed upper trigram of Earth on top of a preserved, 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 2
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 #2:
The meaning of hexagram #2
The Receptive is the hexagram denoting "devotion" and the spirit of the Earth. Fertile ground is required for creation. The hexagram of "the receptive" often has a strong female meaning, but can denote a powerful relationship between either a man and a woman, a father and son or between friends. A conscious act of devotion and a willingness to stand by that person, principle or force which sustains us, guides us or fills us with energy.
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