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I Ching Hexagram #3:

Trouble At The Start

How to interpret "Trouble At The Start"

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

This hexagram indicates a flowering of love after a brief but difficult delay. A relationship may be off to a rocky start, or some rough patches are indicated. Consider getting the help of close a friend or trusted associate. Their help will prove invaluable to your success in matters of the heart. Storms, setbacks and disagreements are indicated here, but this hexagram indicates that they are likely short-term events. The road clears and smoothes just around the next bend. Now is a good time to reflect upon what makes you happy. What is the desired outcome. You can steer through turbulent waters to the outcome you desire by focusing on your goals.

Changes in Line 1

"Surrender Hesitation"

Be like cupid's arrow and stay true to initial goals. Step forward into love with ease and trust. But do not force your way forward if the path is truly blocked. Instead, carefully consider the situation before advancing. A clear path will eventually present itself.

Changes in Line 2

"Open to Intuition"

Accept little advice right now on your love life. Even those who offer well

Changes in Line 3

"Hunting with an Experienced Guide"

You're about to enter uncharted waters in your relationships. The wise person will seek a guide so as not to become lost. Get help from a book, an advisor, or an oracle. Forge ahead, but know when to rest. Not all things are possible at all times.

Changes in Line 4

"Strive Towards Union"

After a momentary delay, intimacy will come easily at this time. This line denote a "coming together" and a willingness to see and be seen. Intimacy ? In. To. Me. See. Good things are up ahead.

Changes in Line 5

"A little does a lot. A lot does little"

Love will flourish through small gestures rather than large sweeping moves. Be conscious of doing the right thing rather than the thing that is most impressive or flamboyant. This line may also indicate difficulty in expressing oneself to someone due to the interference of others. It will help if you keep your words short and simple.

Changes in Line 6

"Tears flow"

A time has come to pull back and reconsider your love life. If you are in heartache, be with yourself. Nurture your own heart. Do something nice for yourself. For example, buy something new or treat yourself to a massage. This is a time of retreat that will lead to renewal. Sadness is indicated, but will soon pass if you don't fight it.


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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