I Ching Hexagram 9 Changing to Hexagram 4

#9.1,3,5 > #4
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"Wind and Clouds"   is changing to   "Youthful Inexperience"

Above, we can see I Ching hexagram #9 changing to hexagram #4 with a total of 3 changing lines.

In this changing hexagram, both the upper and lower trigrams are seen transforming from #9 to #4.


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Wind Heaven
Mountain Water

The initial hexagram #9 can be broken down into the upper trigram of Wind positioned above the lower trigram of Heaven.

The following completed hexagram, #4, is composed of a transitioned upper trigram of Mountain positioned above a transitioned lower trigram of Water.


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 4

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 #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 #5

"Sincere Attachment Brings Rewards"- The synergy between two parties or people is greater than the energy of each individual. This changing line, near the top of this hexagram, references the additional power that can be created by a combination of forces. Romance and favorable business partnerships are referenced here.


The future hexagram #4:
"Youthful Inexperience"

The meaning of hexagram #4

Inexperience is a double edged sword. It leads one to make mistakes, but the mistakes are necessary in order to learn. Do not feign knowledge. Seek out experience and ask what you do not know. Over time, all gaps in knowlege will be filled.

For more about hexagram #4, including changing lines for #4 visit the main hexagram #4 page.


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