"Union" is changing to "Obstruction"
In the illustration shown here, we can see I Ching hexagram #8 changing to hexagram #39 with a lone changing line.
In this changing hexagram, the transition occurs only in the lower trigram during the movement from #8 to #39.
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The beginning hexagram #8 breaks down into the upper trigram of Water positioned above the lower trigram of Earth.
The second changed hexagram, #39, breaks down into an unchanged upper trigram of Water positioned above a transformed lower trigram of Mountain.
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 39
Changing line #3
"Bound Together with Bad People"- Frequently we find ourselves associating or even in relationships with those who do not have our best interests at heart. This changing line reminds us that familiarity does not always equal dependability. We are also reminded that fundamental differences between certain people do not change.
The future hexagram #39:
The meaning of hexagram #39
This foreboding hexagram is a telltale sign of great difficulty and adversity. This is a time to seek guidance and counsel from a wise person, an elder or an entire team. Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness. This may be a time to seek support and break free of isolation. Perseverance brings good fortune. Stay put for a while if you think it wise. Though you may be stopped in your path on an outer level, let your inner purpose stay true to its course.
For more about hexagram #39, including changing lines for #39 visit the main hexagram #39 page.
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