Now, did you get any changing lines?
If not, this hexagram is your whole answer: read the basic texts and commentaries in your translation, but none of the line texts. (You’ll find more ideas on how to respond to a single-hexagram, unchanging answer here.)
If you did receive changing lines, then –
– let them change!
Every old yin line (6) – – becomes young yang: .
Every old yang line (9) – – becomes young yin: .
The other lines – the 7s and 8s – stay the same. The hexagram revealed by these changes is your relating hexagram.
When your reading has changing lines, you need to read:
- The basic texts for the hexagram you cast: your primary hexagram
- The basic texts for the hexagram revealed when the changing lines are changed: your relating hexagram
- And the texts associated with the specific lines that are changing in your primary hexagram.
So for example, the primary hexagram 36, Brightness Hiding, with its second line changing…
￼￼…would give the relating hexagram 11, Flow:
￼With this answer, you’d read the basic texts for Hexagrams 36 and 11, and the text for line 2 of Hexagram 36.