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The Meaning of Hexagram #37

Also called "Family"

I Ching Hexagram #37

Hexagram #37: Wind over Fire

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I Ching Hexagram #37

Hexagram number 37 reminds us that our relationships with family and friends can provide us with insight. We see reflections of ourselves in our relationships with those around us. Family is a microcosm. We must observe the ties we have with our family members and understand our place in the family to gain perspective on ourselves. Who holds authority in your family? Who plays the part of a follower? In which directions does love flow or not flow? Observe all aspects of family life. Valuable nuggets of insight are available now.

NOTE: Want to know how I Ching hexagram #37, "Wind over Fire", is interpreted for love and romantic relationship questions? See iFate's special Love I Ching interpretation for hexagram #37

Changing Lines in Hexagram #37

Changes in Line 1

"Creating Order""Creating Order"

I Ching hexagram 37 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

To bring strength to the family as a whole, establishing rules of conduct and attitude is beneficial.

Changes in Line 2

"Nourishing Everyone"

I Ching hexagram 37 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Whether or not there is a central bread winner, a family that evenly divides the chores and duties will forge a stronger bond.

Changes in Line 3

"Solidifying through Arguments"

I Ching hexagram 37 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

When tempers flare, and you feel separate from your family, don't assume rupture is all that there is. With any family argument, a door has actually been flung open, offering a path toward deeper closeness to the tribe. What may seem like a dividing gap is really a bridge to a deeper connection. Make amends and see that you can count on your family in times of need.

Changes in Line 4

"Cooperating is the Key to Prosperity"

I Ching hexagram 37 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

Success comes when all family members work as a cohesive unit. There is great power in synergy

Changes in Line 5

"Trust Fosters Connectivity"

I Ching hexagram 37 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Whether you are a leader or a follower in the family, trust is what matters most. The kids must trust the adults, the adults must trust the kids, and the couple must trust each other. Trust brings true wealth to even the poorest family.

Changes in Line 6

"Directing with Truth"

I Ching hexagram 37 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

Only the foolhardy individual uses deceit to try to bond a family together or get their way within its structure. The wise family member uses sincerity and inner truth in all actions and communications. Sincerity should be the guiding light in any team endeavor, be it in family or business.

The Two Trigrams Inside Hexagram #37

I Ching hexagram #37 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams mounted above one another. The lower three lines of hexagram #37 form the trigram for Fire, while the top three lines form the trigram for Wind.

Vector image of lower trigram Fire in hexagram #37
Lower Trigram of Fire
Vector image of upper trigram Wind in hexagram #37
Upper Trigram of Wind

NOTE: Generally speaking, the upper trigram symbolizes external energies, while the lower trigram symbolizes internal energies.

Hexagram #37's Lower Trigram of Fire

Image of hexagram #37 with lower 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'.

Hexagram #37's Upper Trigram of Wind

Image of hexagram #37 with upper 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

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List of all possible changes for hexagram #37

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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