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I Ching Hexagram #40:

Deliverance And Freedom

How to interpret "Deliverance And Freedom"

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

"Deliverance and freedom from hardship" is the meaning of this most welcome hexagram. Old relationship wounds are healed. You are set free from opposing forces, and real love is indicated on your path. Some communication challenges will still lie ahead, but the stage has been set for true love to come into your life. Dreams are destined to come to fruition. Clear the air of any remaining tensions and grievances. It will prove very helpful to write a kindly-worded letter to someone. This is a time when you will find it easy to forgive and forget. Worries will wash away like water. Your heart will open effortlessly. But be strongly advised: You must consciously seek to escape the pitfalls of the past.

Changes in Line 1

"Proceeding with Courage"

Progress is steady, like a new leaf growing toward the sky. Set your sites on a special someone or a particular outcome and don't stray from your target. Rest if you need to, but you cannot fail at this time.

Changes in Line 2

"Shooting the Golden Arrow"

The arrow signifies the straight course ahead. Be firm and true. Set your sites on who/what you want and don't look back. Your inner strength will propel your love life forward.

Changes in Line 3

"Disentanglement Supports Love"

There is a slight risk of too much enmeshment with someone at this time. Separate your energy from this person's energy. Their thoughts are not your thoughts. Don't carry too heavy a load. Be light and love will come naturally.

Changes in Line 4

"Letting go of old Support Teams"

If someone who once offered support to you no longer serves your plight, it is time to sever the tie. Letting go of someone who is no longer a strong ally opens the door wide to love and harmony.

Changes in Line 5

"Freedom from Bondage"

This is a time of accelerated spiritual development that will bring you unconditional love. This line signifies true liberation, a time of inner fulfillment.

Changes in Line 6

"Releasing the Unwise Hawk"

This line is a call for you to free yourself from someone who has betrayed you. Here, the hawk symbolizes an unwise person who has somehow managed to finagle themselves into your life. Such a person is clearly not a friend to have around. Send them flying on and you will make room in your life for someone of high caliber and honor.


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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