"Union" is changing to "Opposition"
In the transformation pictured above, we see I Ching hexagram #8 transitioning to hexagram #38 with a total of 5 changing lines.
In this changing hexagram, both the upper and lower trigrams are changed in the transition from #8 to #38.
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The initial hexagram #8 can be broken down into the upper trigram of Water over the lower trigram of Earth.
The secondary transformed hexagram, #38, breaks down into a transformed upper trigram of Fire over a transformed lower trigram of Lake.
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 38
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 #2
"Perseverance Brings Good Fortune"- Since this changing line is part of the larger hexagram of "Union", it is interpreted as a perseverance in personal relationships. Those who stand by others will succeed. Those who move between friends, lovers and associates as if they are disposable will find ruin among weak friendships and broken partnerships.
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 #38:
The meaning of hexagram #38
This hexagram implies a draw, an impasse or a stalemate. Like water and fire coming together, opposing forces bring activity to a standstill. The opposing forces you encounter may be the actions or opinions of others, or they may be one's own. An internal struggle may have brought you to a point where movement is impossible. This is a time to identify a higher vision for yourself. Look to see who shares your vision and who does not, who is in alignment with your cause and who is not. This is an opportunity to evaluate and decide on directions for future movement. The first step in dealing with opposition is identifying it.
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