"Union" is changing to "Trouble at the Start"
In the illustration seen here, we see I Ching hexagram #8 changing to hexagram #3 with just changing line.
In this changing hexagram, the transition occurs only in the lower trigram during the progression from #8 to #3.
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The first hexagram #8 breaks down into the upper trigram of Water above the lower trigram of Earth.
The following completed hexagram, #3, is built from an untransformed upper trigram of Water 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 3
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.
The future hexagram #3:
"Trouble at the Start"
The meaning of hexagram #3
This hexagram indicates progress after a difficult or delayed beginning. New projects or ambitions should be carefully planned before beginning. Consider the help of close friends or a trusted associate: their help will guarantee your success in the matter at hand. Storms may also be indicated here.
For more about hexagram #3, including changing lines for #3 visit the main hexagram #3 page.
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