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I Ching Hexagram #16:

Approval And Admiration

How to interpret "Approval And Admiration"

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, with only one solid line, references the receiving of great approval and enthusiastic support for your actions and decisions. You're doing something right, and it is being noticed. The appearance of this hexagram may indicate a secret admirer, but it may also indicate that a current action will meet with approval. This hexagram also reminds us to be grateful when approval is expressed to you -- and to be mindful of how you receive it. Let it in fully, but remember to express thanks and humble acceptance. Don't let compliments, even small ones, fall to the wayside or be ignored. Appreciation, and recognition will a relationship for the better. In this Hexagram, one strong line exists among many weaker supporting lines. This means that in matters of the heart, a decision will likely be respected, admired, or obeyed. Unity and acceptance are referenced here.

Changes in Line 1

"Approval Expressed"

Offer a smile, a compliment or kudos to someone and it will patch up any negative differences. Make it genuine and you will see the rewards inside and out.

Changes in Line 2

"Firm as Stone"

Approval can be used as a form of flattery. If you seek approval from someone special it may open you up to manipulation and negative external forces. Be wary of placing too high a value on the approval of others. Instead, value inner resolve.

Changes in Line 3

"Approval Sought"

To seek approval while doing nothing to earn it is a fool's errand. Approval must be earned, and those who expect something for nothing will be deeply disappointed. Your actions speak louder than words at this time. Walk your talk and you will discover love deep in your own heart and in your life.

Changes in Line 4

"Do Not Doubt"

This is the only unbroken line in the hexagram of "Approval and Admiration". It represents one whose approval is sought after. A change in this line represents a potential loss of confidence, or a movement away from this status as the "giver of approval". The message here is to remain confident. Your original path is true.

Changes in Line 5

"A Chronic Complaint"

Differences in a relationship may persist and refuse to go away at this time. And yet the problems do not prevent forward action. Set your goals high and the difficulties will dissolve.

Changes in Line 6

"Give Approval and You Will Get It"

Seeking approval from someone incapable of giving it will lead to misfortune. Do not become obsessed with the wrong approach. A reversal of goals or a shifting of priorities is recommended at this time. Give approval and you will get it.


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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