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I Ching Hexagram #62:

Appreciating Small Steps

How to interpret "Appreciating Small Steps"

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

Don't expect a big bang. Love will deepen in your life in smaller, incremental movements. Trust simplicity. You will handle challenging people by paying careful attention to details and small steps. Reach for the stars, but don't fly too high all at once. This is a time to contemplate all things small: listen to the tiny voice inside you; offer someone a little gift, a thank you card, or a compliment. Love grows by focusing on the step you are on -- not the step you "want" to be on. Pay attention to someone you hardly know and you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.

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"Staying in the Nest"

This is not a time to set out on a new relationship or in a new direction. Wait until you have tied up loose ends and are fully fledged. This is a good time to clear clutter and take care of little things you have been working on or putting off.

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"Seeking Guidance"

With regard to matters of the heart, the wise person seeks counsel from an elder or more knowledgeable person. Asking for assistance is the first step toward gaining clarity. The answers will emerge.

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"Keeping a Look Out"

Use caution at this time. Don't over step your boundaries, and if you have a partner, don't crowd him or her. Allow space. Current problems will be minimized by looking before you leap.

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"Give Thinking Some Rest"

This is a time to let feeling, not thinking, guide your relationships. Get quiet and see what your gut says is the next small step to take. Take a walk in a park or sip some tea, and the path will become clear. Place the intellect aside. Follow your heart and intuition.

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"Clouds But No Rain"

Successful relationships and romance are not as difficult to have as you think they are. Don't believe every thought in your head. Let love supersede your thoughts. The struggles you have can vanish in an instant. They are like ominous

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"Avoid Flying too High"

This is a time to stay on stable and familiar ground. Do not over estimate your abilities or boundaries. Stay close to home. Rent a movie, play board games, or listen to music. Trust your feelings. Stay with what feels familiar and right.


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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