What Is I Ching Hexagram 8: 比 “Holding Together” ?
Pi is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 8. With inner and outer trigrams forming water over Earth, this Hexagram is called ‘holding together’ or alternatively named ‘alliance’ or ‘union’.
Hexagram 8 represents the potential to bring together an alliance for one cause or meaning. This Hexagram is not one that symbolizes personal gain but the opportunity for a group of people to accomplish work for the greater good.
Hexagram 8 symbolizes a need to unify that can be seen throughout history. In every community, dating back to the beginning of time, there was a reason to group together in order to survive. Alliances and groups are created to produce some sort of a product.
Whether that is protection, governing, or support, there is a human need to unify under one foundation to bring about a cause and effect. The first thought of a great alliance is that of a government or nation. But Hexagram 8 refers to a smaller group in which we take a part in and can play a larger role.
Interpretation & Meaning of Hexagram 8:
Hexagram 8 does not simply apply to the importance of groups, but instead inspires us to strengthen the unions we participate in. There are many reasons why we would want to form a group. There are certain things in life that cannot be completed without the help of others. Examples could be service in the community in order to change the environment or social situations that are affecting the well-being of life.
Perhaps there are people with similar fears and pains that need support from other in order to progress. Or simply the group in which we unite ourselves with is the family we are born into and the one we are partnered to through love. Whatever type of group we decide to take part in, we must do so with a certain type of attitude.
I Ching Hexagram 8 – Personal Goals:
When participating in an alliance or group, being honest and upholding the morals of the group is necessary to work together with other members. There might come a time when we notice darkness that has entered into the group either through deceit or foul play.
But as long as we uphold honesty and truthfulness within the group, the alliance still has the potential of success. Handling conflict within a group takes the participation from every member. When working within a group, all actions of the group must be done as a whole. There is no one person that can lead the group without having any personal intention in mind.
I Ching Hexagram 8 – Love:
When working within the family, let us always be searching for ways to support our loved ones. Is there a conflict that needs to be resolved with your lover? Is there a family member that needs to be brought back into the group and lifted up?
There are always parts in a group that can be strengthened. What are the weaknesses in relationships that might need repaired? The constant action is of reinforcing the alliance in order to make the group stronger.
I Ching Hexagram 8 – Career & Business:
Because not all things can completed as an individual, groups and alliances are needed in order to progress in business and career. Great change can be found within large organizations, such as national governments and kingdoms. It is necessary to form networks and strengthen your work by coming in contact with different kinds of people who may help you in unexpected ways.
THE JUDGMENT POEM
HOLDING TOGETHER brings good fortune.
Inquire of the oracle once again
Whether you possess sublimity, constancy, and perseverance;
Then there is no blame.
Those who are uncertain gradually join.
Whoever come too late
Meets with misfortune.
THE IMAGE POEM
On the earth is water:
The image of HOLDING TOGETHER.
Thus the kings of antiquity
Bestowed the different states as fiefs
And cultivated friendly relations
With the feudal lords.
The reasoning behind strengthening a group is so that as a whole, a positive change can be brought about. Change is necessary to excel and continue down the life path. Though we may never play a role in those large groups, we can still help make a difference in our own communities.
Recognizing the need for change is the first step in bringing about change. Second, is aligning yourself with others with the same vision. Together, in a strong unit, change is possible predicts the I Ching Hexagram 8.