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I Ching Hexagram #13:

Fellowship

How to interpret "Fellowship"

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A social framework is at issue in this hexagram, which references groups of friends and the ties that bind them. Trust is important here, but also a willingness to put others before oneself. As in all fellowships, there is a pecking order -- some are higher and some are lower. When this order is threatened, the entire fellowship can be threatened as well. Also referenced here is the concept of those who are inside the fellowship vs. those that are outside.

Changes in Line 1

"The Men at the Gate"

A change in this line at the bottom of this hexagram represents the beginning of a new fellowship. The "men at the gate" represent those who will soon be trusted allies. Secrets and secret agendas bring misfortune at this time. Openness and friendliness bring success.

Changes in Line 2

"Fellowship within the Fellowship"

This changing line is a warning against creating factions within existing groups. To fracture a group with separate or distinct interests is to bring bad luck not only on oneself but on the entire group as a whole.

Changes in Line 3

"Weapons Hidden in the Bushes"

A lack of trust and communication has led some within a fellowship to prepare for the fellowship's end. Weapons are stashed securely for a dark day in the future when those who now call themselves friends may turn against one another. The fellowship is in danger.

Changes in Line 4

"Upon the Wall, Attack is Impossible"

Friends and members of your fellowship are worried that the fellowship may have turned against them. Walls have been erected. Communications breaks down. No attack occurs yet however. For now the costs of turning against a friend are too high. But the day of conflict looms on the horizon.

Changes in Line 5

"After Great Conflict, A Meeting"

As time passes, those who were once enemies are becoming friends. Often those things which seem to be opposite are fundamentally similar, and fit well together. A one time enemy may re-enter the scene. Do not cling to preconceptions about this person. At this time you may become friends.

Changes in Line 6

"The Men in the Meadow"

There comes a time when one must exit a fellowship -- or at least to leave them behind for a time. New bonds will be forged with people from far away. The "Men in the Meadow" represent new faces who will soon become important. As fellowships break apart, new ones are created.


A note on iFate's I Ching translation: This is not a direct translation of the original "Book of Changes" from 1000 BC. While multiple translations of the original text are available, they include many archaic references and can be difficult to understand for 21st century readers. iFate uses our own modern rewritings (two different editions) of the "Book of Changes" which makes interpreting I Ching readings far simpler. For iFate's additional contemporary re-writing of the original text, see our "Love I Ching" translation.

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