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I Ching Hexagram #53:

Gradual Progress

How to interpret "Gradual Progress"

Like a young sapling slowly reaching toward the sky, this hexagram portends an incremental process toward new achievements. This is a time to put all your energy and attention directly on the step you are currently on. Too frequently we focus on the final destination without focusing on all the fascinating destinations along the way. Let each step be its own adventure and it's own goal. Now is the time to focus on today. Tomorrow will still come.

Changes in Line 1

"Wild Swan Swimming Toward Shore"

This is a time of new beginnings. The shore is only the first goal to reach while heading toward the high mountains. If you are just starting a new career/relationship, you may feel alone for a while. This is natural. Be all right with where you are.

Changes in Line 2

"Landing on Rock"

Like a swan that lands on a rock, you are on solid ground at this time. This is a symbol of safety in the middle of your long journey.

Changes in Line 3

"Landing on Dry Land"

This line is a sign that you have taken an incorrect turn. A wild swan needs marsh land, not dry land. Stop, rest and backtrack a little. Soon you will be heading in the proper direction again.

Changes in Line 4

"Wild Swan Landing in the Woods"

This is a time to be wise about where you are and who you are with. You have not lost your way; however, a high tree top is not suitable for a Swan. Proceed slowly and let your energy and clarity return.

Changes in Line 5

"Swan Landing on High Ground"

This is a sign of good fortune and a sign that you have reached an important goal. However, this is not the ultimate destination. Travel onward, lest you become isolated

Changes in Line 6

"Flying Above the Clouds"

This is a sign of a great task completed. With your success, you have become a beacon and a guiding light to others. But the wise person does not use success as a reason to lose their inspiration. Continue aspiring to greater and greater heights.


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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