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I Ching Hexagram #34:

Great Power

How to interpret "Great Power"

As if thunder and lightning are your allies, this hexagram implies great strength. This is a time to summon your determination and feel your own fortitude. Trust your momentum and your reputation will grow. Pay attention to details and follow through with your intentions, projects and ideas. New allies will surface as you extend your influence into uncharted lands. Helpful solutions will come to you. Let your vision and higher purpose be your compass.

Changes in Line 1

"Feet Alone Are not Enough"

If your experience of your power is "only in your feet," this implies it is too soon to step forward. It means you have not awakened yet to your full potential. Let your strength emerge into your entire body and being before you walk forward. Seek allies that nourish your own strength. Only by gaining support from others will your power grow to its full potential.

Changes in Line 2

"Taking a Stand"

You have great power to rise above current challenges. Feel your immense power, but use it wisely and in right measure. Persevere without over

Changes in Line 3

"Using Strength Wisely"

Stay mindful of where and how you direct your energy and power. Why exert it against an electrically charged barb

Changes in Line 4

"Opened Gates"

There are no obstacles holding you back at this time. Step forward knowing you are on track.

Changes in Line 5

"Letting go of the Goat"

This image means: If you suffer a setback, give up remorse. You are strong but you are not all powerful. See your limits and forgive yourself for them. Giving up something you have been clinging to is your best option

Changes in Line 6

"Butting Heads"

You are in deadlock. You are either fighting with yourself or with a comrade. There is no winner, no loser, no gain, and no loss. The wise person steps back from the fight and stays put for a time. Current problems will be stopped through acceptance of where you are.


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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