"Union" is changing to "Gathering Together"
In the illustration seen here, we can see I Ching hexagram #8 transitioning to hexagram #45 with just changing line.
In this transformation, the changes are limited to the upper trigram during the movement from #8 to #45.
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The beginning hexagram #8 breaks down into the upper trigram of Water over the lower trigram of Earth.
The following completed hexagram, #45, is built from a transformed upper trigram of Lake over a preserved 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 45
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.
The future hexagram #45:
The meaning of hexagram #45
Like streams of water flowing together to form a lake, this hexagram symbolizes assembling and uniting. This is a time to focus on teamwork and synergy. Don't attempt to do everything alone. Bring together those who share your goals and support your dreams. This is a time to venture out in your community or work with your family. It is also a time to "gather oneself together." This means concentrating on unifying forces within yourself. This is a time to be whole in yourself. An internal unity will translate into a solid team around you.
For more about hexagram #45, including changing lines for #45 visit the main hexagram #45 page.
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