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I Ching Hexagram #5:

Patience And Trust

How to interpret "Patience And Trust"

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

The lesson of this hexagram is that genuine love comes to those who accept themselves and where they are right now. The most fulfilling kind of love comes from within yourself and it is never truly lost, it just gets obscured sometimes. This is a time to broaden your perspectives. Trust that love will come, but do not be impatient. Let true love emerge naturally and slowly by paying attention to the step you are on now. Focus on the good qualities in someone and your intention will literally bring out the best in them. Maintain commitment to your highest goals. Those who are willing to endure heartache will "cross great streams" and emerge victorious. Do not stray from your path. Do not rush.

Changes in Line 1

"Watching the Whole Landscape"

If you are looking for love, you must find a proper vantage point. See the big picture. See the whole field of experience. This means letting love in from anywhere and everywhere. Love comes to you in abundant amounts when you don't place restrictions on how it should show up.

Changes in Line 2

"Waiting by the Sea"

Someone is likely to test your patience at this time. Don't assume this is bad. There are gifts to uncover. See the good in this person underneath their fašade. A bad situation will turn around quickly. Do not be swayed by unwarranted fears of failure.

Changes in Line 3

"Waiting in the Marsh"

If you are waiting for someone to change or for deeper love to come into your life, it is important to remain ready for action at this time. The results you seek will come, but you have to act when the signs appear. The instant the path of opportunity opens, step onto it.

Changes in Line 4

"Licking Your Wounds"

This is a time to take care of yourself and mend your heart. Do something nice for yourself. Buy something new or treat yourself to a luxury. If you feel you are in a pit, you must urgently climb out of it. Remember, you are always capable of action and change.

Changes in Line 5

"A Festive Occasion"

Your perseverance has paid off and sparks will fly at this time. Expect a romantic evening soon. But don't get lost in the clouds. Keep a level head. Stay true to yourself.

Changes in Line 6

"Visitors Arrive."

You have a chance at a deeper love right now. However, you stand at the edge of a pit, so keep your balance. An uninvited guest may arrive. Treat this person well, for they are part of a larger plan that will eventually bring you all that you desire and more.


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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