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The Meaning of Hexagram #14

Also called "Plenty"

I Ching Hexagram #14

Hexagram #14: Fire over Heaven

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I Ching Hexagram #14

Hexagram number 14 which is literally read to mean "Fire in the Heavens" symbolizes the life-giving "Sun". The Sun is the source of all wealth and abundance and references a time of prosperity and plenty. With abundance comes the power to do great things and to create positive change. At the same time, the Sun carries a warning not to create waste, or to use this time of plenty for personal gluttony. An abundance of something is coming your way. Use it wisely. Also: Early mornings bring success.

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Changing Lines in Hexagram #14

Changes in Line 1

"Remain Conscious of Difficulty"

I Ching hexagram 14 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

A change in this line at the base of the hexagram of Plenty should be read as a reminder: Initial successes make for a promising start. But do not mistake an initial success for experience and mastery. Bigger challenges await. Stay vigilant and you may achieve success again down the road.

Changes in Line 2

"The Wagon is Burdened"

I Ching hexagram 14 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

A heavy wagon makes travel difficult and increases the chances of accidents occuring. This changing line may suggest that someone has drunk too deeply from the cup of success and become loaded down or prone to mistakes. It may also be an indication that help from others is required at this time.

Changes in Line 3

"Offered to the Son of Heaven"

I Ching hexagram 14 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

A change in this line close to the center of the hexagram is a reminder that thanks should be made even for things earned with one's own sweat and hard work. Favorable times are indicated for you. Remember to give back to society and to those in need.

Changes in Line 4

"A Difference Between You and Your Neighbor"

I Ching hexagram 14 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This line represents one who constantly compares himself or herself to peers. The constant comparison creates feelings of envy which lead to rash actions, mistakes and ill will. Focus on the tasks before you. Success comes not through comparisons but through focus on the goal.

Changes in Line 5

"Sincerity is Returned"

I Ching hexagram 14 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

In times of plenty, material wealth becomes commonplace. Only the value of true sincerity, presented with honesty and truthfulness, has real value. Approach all situations with sincerity and success in the matter at hand will follow.

Changes in Line 6

"Assisted by Heaven"

I Ching hexagram 14 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

This changing line at the top of this hexagram indicates that a time of plenty will be richly deserved, not just because of hard work and creativity -- but because the path to riches was walked with honesty and sincerity. Success in this case will also meet with wide approval from family, friends and strangers alike.

The 2 Trigrams Inside Hexagram #14

I Ching hexagram #14 is built out of two 3-line trigrams stacked above each other. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #14 make up the trigram for Heaven, while the upper 3 lines make up the trigram for Fire.

Vector image of lower trigram Heaven in hexagram #14
Lower Trigram of Heaven
Vector image of upper trigram Fire in hexagram #14
Upper Trigram of Fire

NOTE: An easy way to think about the two trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram symbolizes external energies, while the lower trigram symbolizes internal energies.

Hexagram #14's Lower Trigram of Heaven

Image of hexagram #14 with lower trigram highlighted

The supreme trigram of Heaven is also sometimes known as the the Creative. It is a trigram of unadulterated, perfect creative force. The trigram for Heaven is a representation of pure truth and power. The trigram may also point to a father figure — or the direction of the northwest.

Hexagram #14's Upper Trigram of Fire

Image of hexagram #14 with upper trigram highlighted

The warming trigram representing fire is sometimes known by the more classical names, 'Attachment' or 'Dependence'. The fire trigram is associated with illumination and something that is both adapted and a source of warmth and security. Fire may also point to a 'second daughter' or possibly the compass direction of 'south'.

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List of all possible changes for hexagram #14

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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