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The Meaning of Hexagram #24

Also called "The Turning Point"

I Ching Hexagram #24

Hexagram #24: Earth over Thunder

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I Ching Hexagram #24

This welcome hexagram signifies a return to walking the proper path. The light has returned and cuts through the darkness. Walk with your head held high, knowing there is fruit to bear in every direction. Like the winter solstice, this is a time of new beginnings and opportunities. It is a time of true health and clarity.

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Changing Lines in Hexagram #24

Changes in Line 1

"Correcting Mistakes"

I Ching hexagram 24 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

This line is a reminder to be easy on yourself if you have traveled down the wrong path in the past. Be forgiving of yourself and step forward knowing you are back on track.

Changes in Line 2

"Receiving Good Fortune"

I Ching hexagram 24 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Relax and re-energize yourself. Slow down. Deliberately accept your good. But there is no need to go forward alone. Surround yourself with helpers.

Changes in Line 3

"Accepting Bad Habits"

I Ching hexagram 24 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Put self-criticism aside if a bad habit momentarily takes center stage for you. Any habit is only a problem if you judge yourself for it. It is perfectly all right to digress at times. Stay the course and soon you will find yourself back on track.

Changes in Line 4

"Staying True to Oneself"

I Ching hexagram 24 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

Don't stray from your path and your own inner knowing. Walk alone if you must. Let others follow their own destinies and stay on course for yours.

Changes in Line 5

"Letting go of Remorse"

I Ching hexagram 24 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Forgive yourself for old mistakes. Since you did not consciously choose to make that mistake, there is no reason to be harsh to yourself for it.

Changes in Line 6

"Seizing Opportunities"

I Ching hexagram 24 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

This line is a reminder that misfortune could return if you fail to understand that this is indeed a powerful turning point. Be willing to start anew with a sturdy resolve. Accept responsibility. Blaming others will lead to futher failure.

The 2 Trigrams Inside Hexagram #24

Hexagram #24 is composed of two 3-line trigrams stacked over and under each other. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #24 form the trigram for Thunder, while the top 3 lines form the trigram for Earth.

Vector image of lower trigram Thunder in hexagram #24
Lower Trigram of Thunder
Vector image of upper trigram Earth in hexagram #24
Upper Trigram of Earth

NOTE: Generally speaking, the hexagram's upper trigram references external forces, and the bottom trigram references internal forces.

Hexagram #24's Lower Trigram of Thunder

Image of hexagram #24 with lower trigram highlighted

The enigmatic trigram representing thunder is an energetic mix of power and mystery. According to Chinese lore, thunder is often associated with the might and mystery of dragons. The trigram of thunder is also called the "The Arousing" and points to intent, motion and initiative. It is a building block of unbridled energy and forward progress. It may also refer to an 'eldest son' or the map direction north.

Hexagram #24's Upper Trigram of Earth

Image of hexagram #24 with upper trigram highlighted

The evenly divided trigram of Earth sometimes known as the trigram of the Receptive. Its characteristic traits are powerful devotion and a resilient bowing to external forces. The trigram of Earth may also reference the state of 'motherhood' or traditional female forces. The three unbroken lines may also indicate the direction of southwest

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A note on iFate's I Ching translation: This is not a direct translation of the original "Book of Changes" from 1000 BC. While multiple translations of the original text are available, they include many archaic references and can be difficult to understand for 21st century readers. iFate uses our own modern rewritings (two different editions) of the "Book of Changes" which makes interpreting I Ching readings far simpler. For iFate's additional contemporary re-writing of the original text, see our "Love I Ching" translation.

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