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I Ching Hexagram #20:

Meditation And Reflection

How to interpret "Meditation And Reflection"

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

The visual significance is that of a tower with a broad view which enables one to meditate on the wider landscape rather than immediate events. This is a time to reflect carefully on the big picture and past relationships. See what is happening now in a broader sense. Step back for a few days and look at your relationships and your past as if you are looking at it from another person's view. This would be a great time to write in a journal or take a trip. Good decisions will be made in quietude. Spend some time alone. The answers you are looking for are in your own past. Treat your past relationship as your spiritual teacher. You already have more experience than you give yourself credit for. Your past holds the key.

Changes in Line 1

"A Juvenile Attitude"

This line suggests an attitude of youthful idealism characteristic of one who is young and just starting his path. Don't be surprised if someone you know starts acting young for their age. This is ultimately a good sign. Playfulness will bring new life to your relationship.

Changes in Line 2

"Peering From a Key Hole"

The limited perspective of a key hole suggests an inability to see the larger picture. For example, if someone special is doing something you don't like, take a few steps back and see their whole character. One event may have forced your thinking into a small perspective, one in which tiny issues appear larger than they are. The wise person breaks away from limited perspectives and sees with love, from both eyes.

Changes in Line 3

"Between Forward and Backward"

This line implies change and transition in a current relationship. Steps forward or backward are equally possible here. No judgment is made between either direction here, and so the most fruitful answer comes from meditation and personal insight.

Changes in Line 4

"Guidance Toward Love"

Now is the time to seek counsel from someone whose love life is going well. There are some people who have an unusual ability to perceive the path to the truth. Look for such a person now to help you, either in a book or in a friend, because they have a gift to offer.

Changes in Line 5

"Contemplation of Life"

Through contemplation comes an awareness of one's interconnection to everyone. Whether you are single or in relationship, you are part of the greater whole. It will serve you well to reflect on threads of connection. In order to experience the deepest bond with another, one must be willing to see the unity between each one of us.

Changes in Line 6

"Life in Totality"

This line at the top of the hexagram references the highest level of personal meditation: An awareness of everything in your world. True wisdom comes through the contemplation not of the self, but of the whole. Only through selfless meditation does actual awareness occur. Consider not just the big picture, but the biggest picture of all.


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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