I Ching Hexagram 9 Changing to Hexagram 17

#9.2,3,4,6 > #17
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"Wind and Clouds"   is changing to   "Following"

In the illustration above, we see I Ching hexagram #9 changing to hexagram #17 with a total of 4 changing lines.

In this transformation, both the upper and lower trigrams are seen changing from #9 to #17.


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Wind Heaven
Lake Thunder

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

The secondary changed hexagram, #17, breaks down into a transformed upper trigram of Lake positioned above a transformed lower trigram of Thunder.


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 17

Changing line #2

"Join the Return"- An obstacle faced at this time may be avoided by watching the course taken by others. You will not the first to have arrived at this place, nor will you be the last. Observe the paths taken by others and along the way you will see options you had not previously considered. Do not force your way down the current path if it is blocked.

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.

Changing line #6

"The Rainfall Brings a Time of Rest"- This changing line at the top of the hexagram symbolizes a cloudburst and a release of tensions. Success has come at last, but with it come new dangers. Be comfortable with modest gains but do not overextend yourself for more. There is danger in greed and persistance. This changing line also indicates a female victory.


The future hexagram #17:
"Following"

The meaning of hexagram #17

The act of 'following' is often seen as a lesser state to 'leading'. But leading requires knowledge and knowledge is gained from following those who are experienced and great. There is no shame in following one who has knowlege for that is how leadership is perfected. In order to lead one must know what following is. In order to follow well, one must be focused on leadership. A weak follower is one who follows without ambition. A weak leader is one who leads without a knowledge of following.

For more about hexagram #17, including changing lines for #17 visit the main hexagram #17 page.


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