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The Meaning of Hexagram #9

Also called "Wind and Clouds"

I Ching Hexagram #9

Hexagram #9: Wind over Heaven

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I Ching Hexagram #9

Hexagram number 9 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.

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Changing Lines in Hexagram #9

Changes in Line 1

"Return to the Path"

I Ching hexagram 9 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

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.

Changes in Line 2

"Join the Return"

I Ching hexagram 9 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

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.

Changes in Line 3

"The Wheels Come Off the Wagon"

I Ching hexagram 9 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

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.

Changes in Line 4

"If You are Sincere, There is No Blame"

I Ching hexagram 9 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

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.

Changes in Line 5

"Sincere Attachment Brings Rewards"

I Ching hexagram 9 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

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.

Changes in Line 6

"The Rainfall Brings a Time of Rest"

I Ching hexagram 9 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

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 Two Trigrams Within Hexagram #9

I Ching hexagram #9 is composed of two 3-line trigrams layered above one another. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #9 form the trigram for Heaven, while the top 3 lines form the trigram for Wind.

Vector image of lower trigram Heaven in hexagram #9
Lower Trigram of Heaven
Vector image of upper trigram Wind in hexagram #9
Upper Trigram of Wind

NOTE: In general terms, the upper trigram points to external forces or energies, and the bottom trigram points to internal forces or energies.

Hexagram #9's Lower Trigram of Heaven

Image of hexagram #9 with lower trigram highlighted

The supreme trigram of Heaven is also sometimes known as the the Creative. It is a trigram of unadulterated, perfect creative force. The trigram for Heaven is a representation of pure truth and power. The trigram may also point to a father figure — or the direction of the northwest.

Hexagram #9's Upper Trigram of Wind

Image of hexagram #9 with upper trigram highlighted

The mild mannered trigram of wind is associated with a light and easy energy. The trigram of wind is also known as a 'soft force': both subtle and lacking in strength, and yet persistent and unwavering. The wind trigram may also point to an 'eldest daughter' or the compass direction of southeast

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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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