I Ching Reference: Hexagram # The I Ching symbol meaning ‘Transformation’. This hexagram implies a time of great change, clarity about relationships, and. Archetype Revolution. CR P02 C49 A “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have. The hexagram describes a condition that has become unsustainable and is ripe for change. Transformation is available or has come. The development of the.

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Please select the chapter or hexagram below! Metamorphosis is believed in only after it has been accomplished. Firm correctness abolishes regret and brings successful progress. On your own day you are believed. Supreme success, furthering through perseverance. Not before the day of its completion will men have faith in it — sublime success! Determination in a righteous course brings reward; regret vanishes!

But it may also mean exactly what it says; Confucius, though he regarded loyalty to the ruler as one of hxagrama highest virtues, recognized that evil men forfeit their right to rule by their excesses, and it is probable that this notion antedates him by many centuries.

When the appropriate day comes, the people will believe in it. It is beneficial to continue. Skinning; before-zenith sun, thereupon conforming. Spring Growing Harvesting Trial. It emphasizes that radically changing and renewing the way you present yourself is the adequate way to handle it In revolutionthe sun of the self is truth: This is creative, developmental, fruitful, and perfect.

Change is believed in on the day it is completed. It is very successful, beneficial if correct. Reform indicates that revolution will become credible when the time is ripe. In this way, it is great and pervasive and advantageous hexagramq be persevering. A fire in the marsh — the image of Metamorphosis. The superior man synchronizes his astronomical calculations to clarify the times and seasons. Fire in the lake: Thus the superior man sets the calendar in order and makes the seasons clear.

This hexagram symbolizes fire rising from a marshy lake. The Superior Man regulates the calendar and thus ensures that men are clear about times and seasons. Within the lake, fire — this symbolizes Revolution. The superior man makes a calendar, clearly arranging the seasons. Marsh center possessing fire. A chun tzu uses regulating time-reckoning to brighten the seasons.

There is fire in a lake, changing. Thus do superior people make a calendar and clarify the seasons. Fire in a lake — changing. Leaders make calendars to define the seasons. There is fire below the marsh; this is Reform. Thus, the jun zi is inspired to develop a calendrical system for keeping time. In Metamorphosis, Water and Fire extinguish each other.

When two daughters with opposing viewpoints live together, change is inevitable; but after the change is accomplished, faith is accorded to it: Clarity brings good cheer and progress through hexaggrama is correct. When a transformation is properly accomplished, all occasion for regret disappears. Heaven and earth undergo their changes, and the four seasons complete their functions. The rulers of old transformed the state in accordance with the will of heaven and in response to the wishes of men.


Great indeed hexagtama what hexavrama place in a time of change. The written character translated as Metamorphosis is used here in the sense of changing.

Originally used for the skin of an animal or bird, it received the significance of changing at a very early time. The figure deals with the subject of changes which are called for in the state of the country. The necessity for change is recognized, and hints are given as to the spirit and manner in which they should be brought about.

The Judgment assumes that change is viewed by people generally with suspicion and dislike, and therefore should not be made hastily.

iChing Revolution

The lower trigram is the symbol for Fire and the upper for Water. Water extinguishes fire, and fire dries up water. Each “changes” the other. The lower trigram is also the second daughter and the upper is the youngest daughter.

In the scheme of the trigrams these two are seen to be mutually incompatible. Hidden within its cocoon the caterpillar becomes a butterfly — who would believe it until the Metamorphosis was complete?

The Superior Man recognizes that celestial sequences create changes only when they are due; he therefore acts in accordance with the requirements of the times.

The forty-ninth hexagram makes an analogy between the natural Metamorphosis of animal pelts and the proper way to regard radical changes in government. Lines one, five and six all refer to skin, and two, three and four refer to politics.

The general idea is that radical transformations occur at their own natural pace — they cannot be successfully forced any more than eggs can be made to hatch before their time. The Image makes this point in its reference to the celestial correlation of the seasons. Once one assumes conscious responsibility for the Work, there comes a long and indefinite period in which one labors unceasingly without any visible results at all.

Dream images and I Ching meditations will indicate that progress is being made, but the ego’s life in spacetime consists of seemingly fruitless labor in the service of a transcendental ideal. This is a universal experience — it happens to everyone who undertakes the Work. See Hexagram Number for further insights into this unavoidable phenomenon. Most difficult is that this total surrender of life, this initiatory sacrifice, must precede the experience of cosmic awareness.

49: Revolution

One is required to give up the totality of one’s being, one’s very life, in relative darkness, yet in the faith that there will be a resurrection into the Light. Wang — The Qabalistic Tarot. Psychologically interpreted, Metamorphosis means that changes are taking place in the unconscious psyche, but don’t expect them to manifest until their growth is complete. The ego must recognize this and persevere with the Work, even when “common sense” counsels otherwise.

It is a period of probation and trial, and many there are who fail the test.


There is no short cut without impeding growth or setting the flow pattern of the Soul back, until each physical or psychological function has been correctly connected or developed Many aspirants do not perceive this law and become impatient and even lose faith when Providence seems to be holding back. Nothing occurs outside its time as it is part of a sequence in the great cosmic cycle that unfolds the Grand Design of Existence.

Halevi — Kabbalah and Exodus.

…life can be translucent

If there is any consolation in this terrible ordeal, it is that others have made the journey before you, and survived. Keep the faith that, in hexabrama imagery of this hexagram, the lower trigram of Clear Perception following the upper trigram of Cheerfulness will lead you through the most challenging of all transformations.

Where the issue of ultimate meaning is constellated, transformation will eventually occur, even though only by way of a great deal of suffering. Whitmont — The Symbolic Quest. The first line, dynamic, shows its subject as if he were bound with the skin of a yellow ox. He should in his circumstances be taking action. One should not act thus. Such aids to strength are necessary, for this line cannot suit itself nexagrama its position.

Not permitted to use possessing activating indeed. It will not do to use contrivance.

Because he is not ready for any task. Line one at the bottom of the figure may be taken nexagrama denoting change made at too early a period. He has no proper correlate or helper above, hence he is represented as tied up and unable to take any action.

At the outset, the man is under restraint. Premature offensive action will be unfortunate. You don’t really know if it is an appropriate time to act. Wait until you’re sure.

A little moderation will do a world of good now, whereas premature action will bring difficulties. There is a proofreading error in the Confucian commentary on this line which is preserved in both the Dover and Mentor editions of Ehxagrama translation. The comment should read: Try to remove a butterfly from its cocoon and you will surely kill it. The growth cycle must complete itself fully before the revolution can take place or the new order prevail. Sometimes the line can suggest the idea of being hidebound — stuck in a mental cocoon of limiting beliefs.

Yellow is the color of clarity, intellect. No one except perhaps the wisest can perceive what lies within him, what is present at that point in a negative form, ready to manifest tomorrow or a million years from now. Halevi — An Introduction to the Cabala. The second line, magnetic, shows its subject making her changes after some time has passed.