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I Ching Hexagram #18:

Letting Go

How to interpret "Letting Go"

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

Decay and dissolution are indicated in this somewhat foreboding hexagram, which literally means "Mountain above Wind." Relationships will be under strain at this time. The cold winds have descended from the mountain and are destroying the crops below. You may have to let go of some old limiting ideas in order to resolve difficulties with someone. Weed out negative viewpoints you have that don't cultivate harmony. Set aside judgments of someone by becoming aware of them and then asking for support from a friend. Efforts will be required at first, but in the end, only by surrendering something will you be able to move forward. You cannot control the wind, but you can harness its energy. Time must not be wasted. Go within and let go. Something is holding you back. Consider carefully, and release it from your grasp.

Changes in Line 1

"Absolving your Family"

A flowering of love is underway. It is fueled by the healing of events that happened long ago. Trust the process. To correct mistakes now one must undo the mistakes of the past. Only then will those who bear the initial blame be redeemed.

Changes in Line 2

"Absolving your Parents"

Current relationship problems are the result of mistakes made in the past, but care must be taken in their correction. Blame is counter

Changes in Line 3

"Absolving yourself"

Current relationship problems are the result of mistakes you made in the past. Don't judge yourself. See clearly how far you've come. Success is indicated.

Changes in Line 4

"Overcoming Mistakes"

This line is a stern warning against repeating the relationship mistakes of the past. If these mistakes are allowed to persist, then love will flounder. Accept change. Step forward into a new way of thinking and living.

Changes in Line 5

"Correcting Parent's Mistakes"

Your family of origin sets a tone for all your future relationships. This is good news because a window of opportunity has opened. This line indicates a successful correction of mistakes made in the past. The path to love is clearing.

Changes in Line 6

"Letting go of Blame"

Do not blame yourself or anyone else for current relationships difficulties. Instead, let go of the ego's need to be right. Set aside differences. But don't ignore current issues. Bring them into the light. Doors will open.


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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