"Union" is changing to "Jaws"
In the transformation pictured above, we can see I Ching hexagram #8 transitioning to hexagram #21 with a total of 4 changing lines.
In this changing hexagram, both the upper and lower trigrams are changed in the transition from #8 to #21.
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The beginning hexagram #8 can be broken down into the upper trigram of Water positioned above the lower trigram of Earth.
The second transformed hexagram, #21, deconstructs into a transformed upper trigram of Fire positioned above a transformed lower trigram of Thunder.
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 21
Changing line #1
"Truth is Like a Full Earthen Bowl"- This changing line, at the base of the hexagram references the most basic elements of relationships. Even when they are simple, they are evenly rounded and strong. A full earthen bowl is obviously full. It does not hide its contents. Consider basic things before considering things that are elaborate.
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.
Changing line #6
"A Union Without a Head"- This changing line at the top of the hexagram is a warning that relationships and loyalties were entered without prior thoughtfulness. Misfortune awaits. The body has acted without the mind. Fools rush in.
The future hexagram #21:
The meaning of hexagram #21
This hexagram which is formed of the two powerful trigrams "Fire" and "Thunder" suggests something that is caught between two powerful forces. When that thing which is caught between the two forces is "chewed up", a positive union of two powerful forces will occur. There may be something that stands between you and your goal. It will not vanish by itself -- instead it will take constant and repeated pressure to remove this obstacle. This hexagram may also symbolize a lawsuit, legal action or legal penalties.
For more about hexagram #21, including changing lines for #21 visit the main hexagram #21 page.
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