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I Ching Hexagram #29:

Bumps In The Road

How to interpret "Bumps In The Road"

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

Relationship challenges are indicated in this hexagram. Not all roads are easy -- and this one looks like it will get a bit rough. Faith and connection to your friends will be your lifelines during this difficult time.Gather your team of support. Write a long lost friend or confide in a co-worker. Get help from a book, a trusted friend, a support group, or an elder. Confront your relationship challenges headfirst. Summon your strength and rise to the call. This is a time to communicate clearly and take charge. Don't run away from yourself or your problems. To give up at this time will have detrimental effects. Stand tall and your "path of the heart" will be smooth. These bumps in the road are a test. How will you perform?

Changes in Line 1

"Falling into an Abyss"

Any attempt to fight what is happening could make the situation worse. True surrender is your savior. Resistance is futile. Ride out the current bad situation and soon it will be over. Love will find its way back to you.

Changes in Line 2

"Rejoice in Small Gains"

This line is a reminder that there is light in the dark. Place attention on the positive, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Focus on the good qualities in someone. Attention on the positive makes it grow stronger.

Changes in Line 3

"The Power of Presence"

Stay put. Don't act one way or the other. Herein lies your strength. Don't worry of the future or lament over the past. Direct your full attention into the present moment. Love comes with being present.

Changes in Line 4

"The Power of Sincerity"

This line is a reminder to keep things simple and pure. Ask someone for what you want. This does not have to be difficult. With honest intentions, you will see an open window and let more light in to the relationship department.

Changes in Line 5

"The Path of Least Resistance"

Though there may still be squabbles and petty disagreements, an underlying love is not lost. Trust in simplicity. Relationships do not have to be complicated. Stay with what is most immediate. Find the path with the fewest obstacles and soon the challenge will diminish.

Changes in Line 6

"Loss of Freedom"

The shackles you wear have tightened. Come to grips with what is happening. Take a deep breath. Surrender. Within three weeks time the light will shine brightly again.


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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