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I Ching Hexagram #14:

Plenty

How to interpret "Plenty"

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This hexagram which is literally read to mean "Fire in the Heavens" symbolizes the life-giving "Sun". The Sun is the source of all wealth and abundance and references a time of prosperity and plenty. With abundance comes the power to do great things and to create positive change. At the same time, the Sun carries a warning not to create waste, or to use this time of plenty for personal gluttony. An abundance of something is coming your way. Use it wisely. Also: Early mornings bring success.

Changes in Line 1

"Remain Conscious of Difficulty"

A change in this line at the base of the hexagram of Plenty should be read as a reminder: Initial successes make for a promising start. But do not mistake an initial success for experience and mastery. Bigger challenges await. Stay vigilant and you may achieve success again down the road.

Changes in Line 2

"The Wagon is Burdened"

A heavy wagon makes travel difficult and increases the chances of accidents occuring. This changing line may suggest that someone has drunk too deeply from the cup of success and become loaded down or prone to mistakes. It may also be an indication that help from others is required at this time.

Changes in Line 3

"Offered to the Son of Heaven"

A change in this line close to the center of the hexagram is a reminder that thanks should be made even for things earned with one's own sweat and hard work. Favorable times are indicated for you. Remember to give back to society and to those in need.

Changes in Line 4

"A Difference Between You and Your Neighbor"

This line represents one who constantly compares himself or herself to peers. The constant comparison creates feelings of envy which lead to rash actions, mistakes and ill will. Focus on the tasks before you. Success comes not through comparisons but through focus on the goal.

Changes in Line 5

"Sincerity is Returned"

In times of plenty, material wealth becomes commonplace. Only the value of true sincerity, presented with honesty and truthfulness, has real value. Approach all situations with sincerity and success in the matter at hand will follow.

Changes in Line 6

"Assisted by Heaven"

This changing line at the top of this hexagram indicates that a time of plenty will be richly deserved, not just because of hard work and creativity -- but because the path to riches was walked with honesty and sincerity. Success in this case will also meet with wide approval from family, friends and strangers alike.


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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