"Union" is changing to "Transformation"
Above, we see I Ching hexagram #8 transforming to hexagram #49 with a total of 3 changing lines.
In this transformation, both the upper and lower trigrams are changed from #8 to #49.
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The initial hexagram #8 breaks down into the upper trigram of Water on top of the lower trigram of Earth.
The following completed hexagram, #49, is built from a newly transformed upper trigram of Lake on top of a newly transformed lower trigram of Fire.
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 49
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 #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.
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 #49:
The meaning of hexagram #49
This hexagram implies a time of great change. It is important to remember that there will be no mistakes made at this time. Change is what happens -- not just what is intended. This is a time of shedding the old and seeing with fresh eyes. A geographic move may be referenced here. This could also be a time of new employment, new understandings or new solutions. You may find yourself undergoing an inner transformation, where you de-throne old attitudes that no longer serve your vision. Let events happen. Change will wash over you like water.
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