I Ching Hexagram 9 Changing to Hexagram 20

#9.1,2,3 > #20
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"Wind and Clouds"   is changing to   "Meditation"

In the illustration shown here, we can see I Ching hexagram #9 transitioning to hexagram #20 with a total of 3 changing lines.

In this transformation, the transition occurs only in the lower trigram during the progression from #9 to #20.


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Wind Heaven
Wind Earth

The starting hexagram #9 deconstructs into the upper trigram of Wind above the lower trigram of Heaven.

The secondary completed hexagram, #20, can be broken down into an unchanged upper trigram of Wind above a new, changed lower trigram of Earth.


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 20

Changing line #1

"Return to the Path"- As we explore life's possibilities we frequently come across obstacles which cannot be passed. This changing line at the base of the hexagram reminds us that we are free to return to the point where we left the path. From there it will be possible to journey smoothly. At this time good fortune awaits on the more travelled road.

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.


The future hexagram #20:
"Meditation"

The meaning of hexagram #20

The meaning of this hexagram is meditation and contemplation, but the visual significance is that of a tower with a broad view which enables one to meditate on the wider landscape rather than immediate events. An additional meaning of this tower is that the tower itself can be seen for many miles, suggesting "an example" being set for others. This is a time to reflect carefully on what has gone before, and what is happening now in a broader sense. Decisions made at this time will be witnessed by many.

For more about hexagram #20, including changing lines for #20 visit the main hexagram #20 page.


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