Hexagram Forty-nine

Your symbol is Hexagram number forty-nine, great change through necessity. When changes are brought about by those above, as in government, statesmen should first make a case for change, then the people will adapt more easily and there will be good fortune.

The first line, yang, shows a person bound with the hide of a yellow ox and unable to take action. The ties are meant to slow down changes that may be happening prematurely.

The second line, yin, shows one who makes changes when the proper time has come. There will be good fortune.

The third line, yang, shows one who tends to act recklessly, in which case there will be misfortune. If this person takes the time to contemplate and discuss changes with others, then there will be good results.

The fourth line, yang, shows one who learns to take the time to confirm his/her plans with advisors, who learns to slow down and make careful considerations. This mood of careful planning will help people accept changes.

The fifth line, yang, shows that powerful people make changes just as the tiger changes its stripes. They are methodical and gain the faith and well wishes of everyone involved.

The sixth line, yin, shows that advanced people make changes just as the leopard changes its spots. They act with solid reasoning, not just to please superiors. This is auspicious.

To the reader: Most of the hexagrams have at least one line that predicts bad results, but that does NOT mean you are fated to that result. The hexagrams illustrate different attitudes, so study the actions and reactions to learn the attitudes that will lead to better outcomes.

The I Ching teaches you to flow with changes and create positive change from the inside through conscious living. Your future is in your hands. Consult the I Ching for ideas that lead to clear thinking and positive mental attitude. Reading the I Ching helps you take the time to reflect on your attitudes and ideas. Continue asking until you feel positive about your course.

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A note about this interpretation of the I Ching: Nori Muster wrote this version of the iChing in 1994 and put it online at Surrealist.org in 2000. It is now available as an e-book. Click here to see Learning to Flow with the Dao at Amazon.com..

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