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The Meaning of Hexagram #32

Also called "Permanence"

I Ching Hexagram #32

Hexagram #32: Thunder over Wind

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I Ching Hexagram #32

Hexagram number 32 points to the importance of stability and constancy. In the same way that thunder and lightning have always been together, the wise person seeks unions that are forever. Keep an optimistic outlook and your friendships/partnerships will endure and succeed. Simultaneously, you must access a sense of stability inside yourself. Like the constellations in the sky, everything in life moves as an integrated whole. Discovering this integration - by which everyone and everything in the Universe are connected -will put you in touch with stability and the power of permanence.

NOTE: Want to know how I Ching hexagram #32, "Wind below Thunder", is interpreted for questions about dating, marriage and romantic issues? See our popular Hexagram #32 Love I Ching interpretation.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #32

Changes in Line 1

"Waiting for Maturity"

I Ching hexagram 32 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

In order for something to last, it must be nurtured and cultivated. A new endeavor or relationship may not be stable at first. This is OK. Open up gradually to the power of duration.

Changes in Line 2

"Dropping Remorse"

I Ching hexagram 32 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

If something was not meant to last, let it go. Put aside regret and start afresh.

Changes in Line 3

"Separating from Moods"

I Ching hexagram 32 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

This line is a reminder that moods pass through you, but they are not truly what you are. You live through your moods. There is solace to be found by accessing a sense of permanency deep inside you. The wise person ignores the ups and downs of their moods and seeks to feel and identify with a deeper permanency inside. Genuine stability can be found by trusting the intuitive, quiet voice within your heart

Changes in Line 4

"Seeking Worthy Support"

I Ching hexagram 32 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

There is no sense in looking for permanency from something which does not feed your soul. If a contact or relationship does not support your higher purposes, let it dissolve.

Changes in Line 5

"Letting Duty Guide"

I Ching hexagram 32 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

In each moment give importance to a sense of honor and duty. What duty will lead to the best outcome? Seek the answer and good fortune will come

Changes in Line 6

"Allowing Inner Composure"

I Ching hexagram 32 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

When restlessness governs a relationship or partnership, it is unlikely to last. By taking the time to gain inner composure, relationships will flourish and endure

The Trigrams Inside Hexagram #32

I Ching hexagram #32 is composed of two 3-line trigrams layered over and under one another. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #32 form the trigram for Wind, while the top 3 lines form the trigram for Thunder.

Vector image of lower trigram Wind in hexagram #32
Lower Trigram of Wind
Vector image of upper trigram Thunder in hexagram #32
Upper Trigram of Thunder

NOTE: A simple way to think about trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram points to external forces or energies, while the lower trigram points to internal forces or energies.

Hexagram #32's Lower Trigram of Wind

Image of hexagram #32 with lower trigram highlighted

The mild mannered trigram of wind is associated with a light and easy energy. The trigram of wind is also known as a 'soft force': both subtle and lacking in strength, and yet persistent and unwavering. The wind trigram may also point to an 'eldest daughter' or the compass direction of southeast

Hexagram #32's Upper Trigram of Thunder

Image of hexagram #32 with upper trigram highlighted

The enigmatic trigram representing thunder is an energetic mix of power and mystery. According to Chinese lore, thunder is often associated with the might and mystery of dragons. The trigram of thunder is also called the "The Arousing" and points to intent, motion and initiative. It is a building block of unbridled energy and forward progress. It may also refer to an 'eldest son' or the map direction north.

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