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I Ching Hexagram #51:

A Jolt

How to interpret "A Jolt"

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

Just as a clap of thunder brings a jolt to the sky, this hexagram signifies the imminence of a powerful jolt to one's love life. Something will shake up your world! You're about to fall down a rabbit hole, and although a little fear may arise at the start, you'll be glad you went on this adventure. It brings a return of "creative juice", energy, love, and passion. This is a time when fear will transform into excitement and anticipation. Someone (perhaps an old flame?) is likely to say or do something that catches you off guard. Surprise that person right back. Share yourself in a new way, reveal a little known secret, or do something out of your usual pattern. Connection and clarity will emerge soon enough. New solutions will appear before you. Your love life is about to take a quantum leap into a new light -- but you're going to have to think outside the box. "Jolt" yourself.

Changes in Line 1

"Shock Turns to Laughter"

Though initially you may feel like a deer caught in headlights, soon you will gain a new perspective. A romantic connection will shift dramatically for the better. Welcome radical new ideas and viewpoints.

Changes in Line 2

"New Treasures"

You are about to find a boatload of gold nuggets and gems. But don't look for them necessarily in a tangible way. They are hidden inside a special someone. It is up to you to get them out.

Changes in Line 3

"Awakening to Thunder"

Embrace any sense of shock and watch how it then becomes your ally. Expect to start fresh with someone.

Changes in Line 4

"Stepping out of Mud"

Some people freeze up when someone does something radically different. This is a time to accept life without any hesitations. Adaptability and movement are the wise one's responses to sudden change.

Changes in Line 5

"Riding Shock Waves"

This is a time to find inner stability in your own being. Don't look for it from another person, where it cannot be found. The wise person stays centered in themselves and trusts that the tides will soon subside.

Changes in Line 6

"Staying Still Fosters Love"

When someone you love says something that catches you off guard, notice your response, but hold back for a moment. Your energy will soon shift. The wise person regains their composure before giving a response.


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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