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I Ching Hexagram #39:

Rapids In The River

How to interpret "Rapids In The River"

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

This foreboding hexagram is a sign of turmoil and relationship challenges. This is a time to seek guidance and counsel from a wise person, an elder, or a discussion group. Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness. Contact an old friend, seek advice, or consult someone you trust implicitly. This is a time to break free of isolation. You are not alone on the river. A little action goes a long way. Knock on one door and more than one door will open for you. Remember that in difficult times, all you can do is be true to yourself, and rise to the challenge. You are strong. You can take this. There are clear seas beyond the falls.

Changes in Line 1

"The Power of Waiting"

Swim directly to the shore. To try to advance at this time will create further strife. Wait for now. This is not a suitable time to start a new romance. Be still for the time being. You'll know when to move again.

Changes in Line 2

"Accepting the Higher Cause"

Take actions that serve the higher good. Surrender your own needs and let the needs of the kingdom guide your actions. This will return love to your journey.

Changes in Line 3

"Biding Time"

In matters of the heart, you are just treading water. To try and advance at this time will prove difficult. Struggling only makes matters worse. Your best bet is to wait.

Changes in Line 4

"Accepting Alliances"

Only the indirect route will bring progress in your romantic life. Build your network. Take a new class or join a new group. This will open the door for love in your life.

Changes in Line 5

"Caught in an Eddy"

You may feel your love life is stagnating at this time. Don't struggle too hard. This is a time to surrender. Only through letting go will you be able to find your way toward love again.

Changes in Line 6

"Befriending the Turmoil"

Due to past relationships, you have grown wiser and stronger. You have traveled far and are ready to handle deeper intimacy and change. Nevertheless, it is wise to seek counsel first before setting off down river.


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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