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I Ching Hexagram #16:


How to interpret "Approval"

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This hexagram with only one solid line indicates approval and enthusiastic support for actions and decisions. One strong line exists among many weaker supporting lines. In matters involving group decisions, consensus will be reached, and a single point of view will be shared among many. In personal matters, a choice will be respected, admired or obeyed. Unity is referenced here. Many act as one, because the one acts with confidence and clear leadership.

Changes in Line 1

"Approval Expressed"

Satisfaction should sometimes be kept to oneself. To take pleasure in things such as the misfortune of others brings misfortune in itself.

Changes in Line 2

"Firm as Stone"

Approval can be used as a form of flattery. One who seeks approval often opens oneself up to manipulation and negative external forces. A change in this line suggests that a firmness of resolve will win the day. Be wary of placing too high a value on the approvals of others. Instead, value inner resolve.

Changes in Line 3

"Approval Sought (Seeking Satisfaction)"

To seek approval while doing nothing to earn it is a fool's errand. Approvals must be earned, and those who expect something for nothing will be deeply disappointed. Prepare to work for approvals which are sought.

Changes in Line 4

"Do Not Doubt"

This is the only unbroken line in the hexagram of "Approval". It represents one whose approval is sought after. A change in this line represents a potential loss of confidence, or a movement away from this status as the "giver of approvals". The message here is to remain confident. Your original path is true.

Changes in Line 5

"A Chronic Complaint"

Problems persist and refuse to go away. And yet the problems do not prevent forward action. Health problems may be referenced here.

Changes in Line 6

"Seeking Wrong Approval"

Seeking pleasure and approval in a place which has no merit will lead one to misfortune. One has become obsessed with the wrong thing. A reversal of goals or a shifting of priorities is recommended. The current course is a dead-end because its goal has no merits.

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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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