I Ching Hexagram 9 Changing to Hexagram 53

#9.1,2 > #53
You are viewing the transition page for hexagram #9 to #53. — There's more information on the main hexagram #9 page

"Wind and Clouds"   is changing to   "Gradual Progress"

In the transformation pictured above, we can see I Ching hexagram #9 transitioning to hexagram #53 with a total of 2 changing lines.

In this transformation, the changes are seen only in the lower trigram during the movement from #9 to #53.


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Wind Heaven
Wind Mountain

The starting hexagram #9 can be broken down into the upper trigram of Wind on top of the lower trigram of Heaven.

The following changed hexagram, #53, is built from a preserved, unchanged upper trigram of Wind on top of a transitioned lower trigram of Mountain.


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 53

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.


The future hexagram #53:
"Gradual Progress"

The meaning of hexagram #53

Like a young sapling slowly reaching toward the sky, this hexagram portends an incremental process toward new achievements. This is a time to put all your energy and attention directly on the step you are currently on. Too frequently we focus on the final destination without focusing on all the fascinating destinations along the way. Let each step be its own adventure and it's own goal. Now is the time to focus on today. Tomorrow will still come.

For more about hexagram #53, including changing lines for #53 visit the main hexagram #53 page.


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