I Ching Hexagram 9 Changing to Hexagram 10

#9.3,4 > #10
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"Wind and Clouds"   is changing to   "Steps"

Here, we see I Ching hexagram #9 changing to hexagram #10 with a total of 2 changing lines.

In this transformation, both the upper and lower trigrams are seen changing from #9 to #10.


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Wind Heaven
Heaven Lake

The starting hexagram #9 is composed of the upper trigram of Wind above the lower trigram of Heaven.

The second transformed hexagram, #10, is composed of a newly transformed upper trigram of Heaven above a newly transformed lower trigram of Lake.


The starting hexagram #9:
"Wind and Clouds"

The meaning of hexagram #9

This hexagram indicates dark clouds on the horizon. There is still no rain, and the clouds do not appear to be moving closer because the wind keeps them at bay. The underlying meaning here is that a weak force is capable of restraining a stronger force. Subtlety is called for here. Negotiation will beat direct force and charm will prove to be stronger than coercion. There is still time.


The changing lines between hexagram 9 and hexagram 10

Changing line #3

"The Wheels Come Off the Wagon"- This changing line offers a warning against pushing forward against powerful opposition. A wagon has been pushed to the limits and now it faces destruction as the wheels are torn from the spokes. The result is tension all around: relationships falter and loyalties are tested. The outcome looks unfortunate.

Changing line #4

"If You are Sincere, There is No Blame"- There are times when one must intervene in the actions of a loved one, a good friend or a superior. The changes in this line indicate that even though this intervention may cause strife, in the end there will be no blame if your cause is just.


The future hexagram #10:
"Steps"

The meaning of hexagram #10

This simple looking hexagram relates to circumstances which might be inherently risky. In most cases treading in dangerous places is inadvisable. At this time however, there is very little danger. It is written in the ancient Book of Changes that "One steps on the tail of a tiger at his or her own risk" but the appearance of this hexagram suggests that right now such an act would be ignored (or even seen as playful). A more general reference here could be a mingling of people belonging to different social backgrounds. This sign is typically positive.

For more about hexagram #10, including changing lines for #10 visit the main hexagram #10 page.


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