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Series: Two-line relationships

How lines combine and work together to create zhi gua relationships

Hexagram relationships

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Two-line relationships

Here’s a whole field of study where (as far as I know) we’ve barely scratched the surface.

Each hexagram line ‘points towards’ the hexagram created when it changes, its zhi gua. It’s natural enough to go through the I Ching line by line and see how each one reflects the relationship of its two hexagrams – that’s one of the things I’ve shared in Change Circle‘s WikiWing.

But what about when two or more lines change? Does the combination of those lines also reflect a relationship with the hexagram created by the change? I think it does – only the relationship doesn’t tend to leap to the eye in the same way.

Samgirl started a discussion at the I Ching Community about how 26 moves to 50. I shared some ideas there from the ‘pathways’ round each line, which seem to bring out their meaning more strongly. (Line pathways are one of the techniques included in the Yijing Class: they really come into their own in personal readings, when they’re the spark for moments of deep recognition.)

I’ve seen LiSe mention these multi-line changes from time to time, but I don’t know of anyone who’s looked at them in detail. Every now and then, though, something lights up. Like ‘Articulating Seeking Union’, for instance, Hexagram 60 changing to 8:

‘Not going out of the door to the family rooms.
Not a mistake.’

‘Not going out of the gate from the courtyard.
Pitfall.’

Articulating your quest for union, getting the measure of it, naturally you must balance out when to stay in your own core and when to go out and share.

Or how about Hexagram 44 moving to 56?

Coupling’s Sojourning:

‘In the trap there are fish.
No mistake.
No harvest in entertaining guests.’

‘Using willow to wrap melons.
Cherishing a thing of beauty,
It comes falling from its source in heaven.’

Here’s a power that can change and disrupt your whole life – the heir, in LiSe’s translation – like a traveller passing through: the heir’s sojourning. And the two lines in Hexagram 44 that describe ‘enwrapping’ something – images of conception and pregnancy.

Changing lines in groups

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Two-line relationships

You can learn a lot about moving lines in the Yijing by looking at where they’re headed – that is, the hexagram that would be generated if this line alone were changing. Arguing doesn’t lead to good fortune – unless it’s done in an awareness of being ‘Not Yet Across’. Returning that’s moved by a… Continue Reading

What’s wrong with carting corpses, anyway?

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Two-line relationships

Simple Two lines in Hexagram 7, the Army, talk about carting corpses: line 3: ‘Perhaps the army carts corpses. Pitfall.’ and line 5: ‘The fields have game Fruitful to speak of capture: No mistake. When the elder son leads the army, And younger son carts corpses: Constancy, pitfall.’ The core meaning is surely intuitively obvious:… Continue Reading

Clarity and the flying bird

Clarity and the flying bird
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Two-line relationships

I’ve written before about looking at groups of changing lines, and seeing how they point towards their changed hexagram – just as a single line would do. (I’ve just added all those posts to a series, so you can find them all easily.) Here’s another for the collection: Hexagram 62, Small Exceeding, changing at lines… Continue Reading

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