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The Meaning of Hexagram #35

Also called "Progress"

I Ching Hexagram #35

Hexagram #35: Fire over Earth

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I Ching Hexagram #35

Like the Sun rising effortlessly upward at the dawn of a new day, you will find yourself elevated to new heights. This fortunate hexagram suggests career advancement and recognition for a job well done. Expect greater responsibility, prosperity and kinship. This is an opportunity to benefit others while experiencing your own radiance and splendor. Your inner nature grows in brightness and purity. This is a time of awakening to your life's purpose.

NOTE: Want to know how I Ching hexagram #35, "Earth below Fire", applies to questions about your relationship? See our special Hexagram #35 Love I Ching interpretation.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #35

Changes in Line 1

"Surpassing Obstacles"

I Ching hexagram 35 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

As you are elevated to new heights, others can become vindictive or jealous. Let this negativity slide off you like rain drops.

Changes in Line 2

"Transforming Fear of Success"

I Ching hexagram 35 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

The wise person fears not success, welcoming the trials that go along with every promotion. All new challenges are to be embraced. In this way they will be transformed. Your sense of confidence and trust will turn fear into excitement.

Changes in Line 3

"Receiving Praise"

I Ching hexagram 35 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Slowly and steadily all your associates will turn into your supporters, if they were not already in your corner. Earn their praise with your integrity and good intentions

Changes in Line 4

"Revealing Your Talent"

I Ching hexagram 35 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

Always do your best. Only through showing your true talent will others stop viewing your progress with suspicious eyes. Don't act like a "clumsy rat" if you are really a graceful swan

Changes in Line 5

"Stabilizing Your Level"

I Ching hexagram 35 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Know that your new position is secure, despite small bumps and minor failures. Stay present with whatever situation arises and remind yourself to keep unattached to the outcome. The prize you are seeking is already here.

Changes in Line 6

"Maintaining Your Position"

I Ching hexagram 35 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

There is no harm in being authoritative. But the wise person always gives the right messages to those below them. Don't abuse your power. Use it for the good of all.

The Two Trigrams Inside Hexagram #35

Hexagram #35 is composed of two 3-line trigrams mounted above each other. The bottom three lines of hexagram #35 make up the trigram for Earth, while the upper three lines make up the trigram for Fire.

Vector image of lower trigram Earth in hexagram #35
Lower Trigram of Earth
Vector image of upper trigram Fire in hexagram #35
Upper Trigram of Fire

NOTE: In general terms, the upper trigram represents external forces, and the lower trigram represents internal forces.

Hexagram #35's Lower Trigram of Earth

Image of hexagram #35 with lower trigram highlighted

The evenly divided trigram of Earth sometimes known as the trigram of the Receptive. Its characteristic traits are powerful devotion and a resilient bowing to external forces. The trigram of Earth may also reference the state of 'motherhood' or traditional female forces. The three unbroken lines may also indicate the direction of southwest

Hexagram #35's Upper Trigram of Fire

Image of hexagram #35 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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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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