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I Ching Hexagram #22:

Grace In The Heart

How to interpret "Grace In The Heart"

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

Like a lone torch lighting up the darkness, this hexagram symbolizes a spark of love which still burns despite the darkness outside. This spark of love marks the potential for transformation. Communication and love are positively referenced here. Hearts are open, and there is opportunity for emotional connection. This hexagram carries the promise of attraction and warmth. It's a great time to set your sights on a new relationship or start fresh with your current partner. But it is up to you to take simple actions to let love in. Compassionate speech yields positive results. Let your actions flow naturally. This is a time of grace in your life and heart. Negative situations, and old "dead-end roads" should be avoided.

Changes in Line 1

"Walking on Foot"

Solutions to relationship challenges come by taking responsibility for each step on the path. Speak your truth, but say one thing at a time and say it well. It is possible to receive help and guidance from others, but the wise person overlooks the false and heeds only true guidance.

Changes in Line 2

"Overlooking Appearances"

There is no reason to be overly concerned with outer appearances. Realize that the deepest kind of attraction is beyond the physical. The purest contentment always starts from within.

Changes in Line 3

"Bettering the Situation"

This line indicates good fortune in love will come through persistence. Sober attentiveness will bring good charm to your current situation.

Changes in Line 4

"Honoring White Horses"

Here, the white horse symbolizes simplicity. The mind likes to complicate things. But the heart is simple. In love and romance, remember to keep simplicity in mind and all limitations of space and time will be transcended.

Changes in Line 5

"Seeking the Higher Path"

The wise individual follows the garden path above the weeds of the superficial lowlands. This is a good time to give someone a gift as you leave for higher ground. It will solidify your connection with this person. Realize this gift might not be the material kind. It can be unseen. You have to feel it. Sometimes, the greatest gifts and fortunes cannot be seen.

Changes in Line 6

"Recognizing True Grace"

This line is a reminder that however your love life looks right now, it is perfect as it is. There is nothing to judge. Grace is already yours, throughout the ups and downs. Grace may get clouded, but it resides in the heart and is never lost.


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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