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I Ching Hexagram #27:

Giving Nourishment

How to interpret "Giving Nourishment"

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

The image of an open mouth is portrayed by this hexagram, and it is a reminder that relationships need good sources of nourishment. Take time to look for special events or new ideas that will keep romantic wheels in motion. Be willing to delve deep. Create room for heart-to-heart talks and lots of eye-contact. This is a time to see and be seen, to feed and be fed. Be willing to give. Remember, giving and receiving are not inherently different. To give with love is to receive also. Giving draws love into your world and fans the flames of passion and intimacy. This is a favorable time in matters of the heart, but you have to work at it. "Feed" yourself and someone special with good ideas, good actions, good books, and good people. Introduce new activities and ideas into your world, and love will blossom.

Changes in Line 1

"The Sacred Turtle"

In this line, the turtle symbolizes wisdom and spiritual openness. These two qualities foster genuine love. Admire these qualities in someone else and notice them in yourself. If you ignore them, misfortune could start to crawl into your love life.

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"Nourishing Oneself"

This line is a reminder to take responsibility for one's own nourishment. Be grateful when nourishment comes from another, but don't let that be your only source. If a partner is not giving you what you want, for instance, this could be a spiritual reminder to give yourself more of what you need.

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"Feeding Your Soul"

When choosing romantic partners, ignore the superficial realms of status and finances. Be with someone who supports your deepest values. Receive with an open heart and you will avoid misfortunes and experience a higher love.

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"Summoning Support"

This line is a reminder to gather your team of supporters with great care and attention. If you have heartache, get help. Look for a book on relationships or seek counsel from an elder. Let your values be your guide. Live by your principals. Look toward the highest peaks for companionship and connection.

Changes in Line 5

"Pausing on the Path"

Nurture yourself by taking a break from forward motion. Stand still for a while. Don't start a new romance quite yet. Seek spiritual counsel first. You will get your heart's desire very soon.

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"Love Comes Easily"

This line is a green light to go ahead. It is a time to boldly put yourself out there. And don't be surprised if someone approaches you either. You have achieved a sense of self


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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