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I Ching Hexagram #15:

Modesty And Progress

How to interpret "Modesty And Progress"

NOTE: This is the "Love I-Ching" interpretation. For standard, non romance-specific I Ching interpretations please return to the reference page here.

This hexagram symbolizes the two complex concepts of modesty and progress. The suggestion here is that the highest love can best be accomplished through a modest, albeit slow approach. Self promotion or boasting are seen as definite negatives here, and this hexagram often serves as a warning against these possibilities. Be yourself. Don't flaunt your achievements or hide your flaws. Be loved for who you are. Trust your innate goodness. It will be noticed, but you have to let yourself be seen in a true light. Share yourself and speak your truth with quiet composure. Actions will speak far louder than self-serving words. Feigning knowledge brings misfortune. Authenticity brings open-hearted connection. Through humility comes forward movement.

Changes in Line 1

"Modest about modesty"

This line is a reminder that modesty is not something that can itself be shown

Changes in Line 2

"Humility is Recognized"

One cannot promote one's own humility, or brag about one's own modesty

Changes in Line 3

"Merit Acknowledged"

This line is an indication that merit is being publicly acknowledged. A special someone will either verbally or silently compliment you at this time. Be grateful to be seen and accepted, but stay humble.

Changes in Line 4

"Be Truly Modest"

While modesty is important, it is possible for modesty to mask other motives. A lack of ambition or laziness often hides behind the mask of "modesty." Don't fool yourself or a special someone with falsity. True modesty is accompanied by hard work and accurate self perception.

Changes in Line 5

"Avoid Flaunting"

You will be lucky in love at this time, but don't flaunt it or boast about it, or else your good fortune will crumble.

Changes in Line 6

"Modesty and Appreciation Draw Love In"

With modesty, love follows. Someone is likely to do something that pleasantly surprises you. Immediate action must follow. Show your appreciation for this person in no uncertain terms.


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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