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I Ching Hexagram #32:

Permanence And Integration

How to interpret "Permanence And Integration"

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 great stability and security in matters of the heart. In the same way that thunder and lightning have always been together, this hexagram indicates two forces that exist side-by-side. Remember the importance of parallel forces at this time. Some things not only co-exist, but require each other -- and build upon one another. This hexagram also references the need to access a sense of stability and permanency inside oneself. For parallel forces to exist, each force must be stable, in and of itself. Like the constellations in the sky, everything in life moves as an integrated whole. Meditating on this integration - by which everyone and everything in the Universe is stable in its own right, and yet forever connected - will put you in touch with a higher level of love.

Changes in Line 1

"Waiting for Maturity"

In order for something to last, it must be nurtured and cultivated. A new relationship may not be stable at first. This is natural. Keep your heart open. Trust life. Open up gradually to the power of duration.

Changes in Line 2

"Letting Go"

If a relationship was not meant to last, let it go. Put aside regret and start afresh. On the other hand, if permanency is meant to happen, let it unfold naturally. You can steer your boat, but you cannot control the river.

Changes in Line 3

"Stability in the Heart"

This line is a reminder that emotions pass through you, but they are not truly what you are. You live through your moods. Heartache passes. Everything external changes. Solace is found by accessing a sense of permanency deep inside you. The wise person gives little import to the ups and downs of moods. Genuine stability is found by trusting the intuitive, quiet voice in your heart

Changes in Line 4

"Seeking Worthy Support"

This is a good time to reflect on your deepest purpose. What is most important to you? There is no sense in looking for permanency from a relationship which does not feed your soul. If a relationship does not support your higher purposes, you may need to let it dissolve.

Changes in Line 5

"Letting Duty Guide You"

In each moment, give importance to a sense of honor and duty. Following your inner code of ethics will draw the most love to you.

Changes in Line 6

"Allowing Inner Composure"

When restlessness governs a relationship, it is unlikely to last. Stay in the present moment. Take a deep breath. There is no reason to be anywhere else. By taking the time to gain presence and inner composure, love will strengthen and endure.


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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