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I Ching Hexagram #56:

The Path Of Love

How to interpret "The Path Of 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 indicates a powerful journey of discovery has started. The veils are lifting and you are beginning to see the spiritual meaning of relationships and love. A relationship is a union of souls, designed to teach you unconditional love. You are on your path toward higher love and inner transformation, but this is not a path for the meek or the self-deceptive. This is a time to be strong, sincere, open-hearted, and honest with yourself. Keep your focus right where you are. Wandering over mountain tops, the wise person sees each step as a gift and each person they encounter as a blessing. Keep your balance. Don't follow anything but your own knowing. Let your heart be your guide. Stay focused.

Changes in Line 1

"Ignoring Trivial Disagreements"

If you focus on trivial disagreements with a special someone, this will lead to struggle. Look beyond such differences when they occur. See the full picture. Hear the innocent desire in someone's voice to be loved unconditionally. Let love supersede your current challenges by being a kind listener.

Changes in Line 2

"Help on the Path"

There will be sufficient support, guidance, and friendship to help you on your journey toward love. Have trust. This is a time when you are touched by grace.

Changes in Line 3

"The Quiet Inn"

The image of the Quiet Inn implies taking a rest. If you are looking for love, take a break from seeking it. A pause and some reflection time will serve you well.

Changes in Line 4

"A Visitor on the Path"

You may have a brief flirtation with someone at this time. There is a gift to receive. But keep your goals set high. Be ready to continue on your journey upward.

Changes in Line 5

"Don't Take a Shortcut"

This line implies a situation where you will be tempted to seek a quick fix to a relationship challenge. Don't settle for a band aid. Open your heart fully and communicate clearly. This will keep you on track.

Changes in Line 6

"The Path is Overgrown"

This will be a time when love eludes you momentarily. You may feel lost for a time, but this is only temporary. You are well on your way. The wise person continues on the path and does not question the direction it leads.


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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