"Union" is changing to "Abundance and Fullness"
In the illustration seen here, we can see I Ching hexagram #8 transforming to hexagram #55 with a total of 4 changing lines.
In this transformation, both the upper and lower trigrams are seen transitioning from #8 to #55.
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The first hexagram #8 is built from the upper trigram of Water positioned above the lower trigram of Earth.
The following changed hexagram, #55, breaks down into a new, changed upper trigram of Thunder positioned above a new, changed 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 55
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.
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.
The future hexagram #55:
"Abundance and Fullness"
The meaning of hexagram #55
This fortuitous hexagram implies a time of clarity, prosperity and completeness. Like lightning piercing through clouds, success can strike with incredible speed and force. However, the wise person remains cautious and knows that success often comes with associated dangers. Spend your success wisely and save portions for a time of need. Abundance can come and go. Stay in contact with the person within. You are your own best kept treasure. You are what you are seeking, and always have been.
For more about hexagram #55, including changing lines for #55 visit the main hexagram #55 page.
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