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I Ching Hexagram #37:

Family Strengthens Love

How to interpret "Family Strengthens Love"

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 reminds us that our relationships with family can provide us with key insights into our love lives. Your relationship with your birth-family probably set in motion a lot of the ideas you have about love and personal relationships. This is a time to pick and choose. What ideas about love were you brought up with that served you and what ideas are you ready to let go of? Family is your teacher right now. Use it wisely and it will enable you to draw true love into your world. Who held authority in your family? How did your parents treat each other? In which directions did/does love flow or not flow? Contemplate all aspects of family. Precious gems of insight are available during this window of time.

Changes in Line 1

"Breaking Old Rules"

To bring cohesion to a family, rules and habits are formed. This is a time to break old rules and habits. Explore freedom. Write a new life story for yourself by breaking old rules. This will make you wide open to love.

Changes in Line 2

"Forgiving Family"

Forgive your family for all they have done. Call or write a relative. Speak from the heart. Own your part in past dramas. Apologize if you can. These simple actions will clear the runway for love to soar in your life.

Changes in Line 3

"Healing Old Wounds"

. What may seem like a difficult situation from your past is really a bridge to deeper love and connection. Make amends. Forgive. Set judgments aside. Focus your attention on the present moment. In this way, you will heal old wounds and make room in your life for higher love.

Changes in Line 4

"Cooperating is the Key to Love"

There is great power in synergy. This is a good time to start a new project with a special someone. Focus on the ways you work well with others and your sense of connection and intimacy will deepen.

Changes in Line 5

"Trust Fosters Love"

When it comes to relationships, trust is what matters most. Trust yourself. Trust opens the door to true love.

Changes in Line 6

"Attracting Love with Truth"

Sincerity should be the guiding light for you at this time. Be fair and humble in all that you do. When you are honest with yourself, you become more attractive. Your smile will be contagious and someone will take note of your greatness.


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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