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The Meaning of Hexagram #43

Also called "Breaking Through"

I Ching Hexagram #43

Hexagram #43: Lake over Heaven

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I Ching Hexagram #43

Pressure has been building for some time. Now, like water cracking and bursting through a dam, old restraints are being broken. The river overflows the dam. The truthful finally cast aside the untrue. Tension gives way to motion. Powerful action has been a long time coming. The influences of those who are beneath you suddenly mean very little. A cloudburst. The months of April and May may have special significance to hexagram number 43.

NOTE: Want to know how I Ching hexagram #43, "Heaven below Lake", applies to questions about dating, marriage and romantic issues? See iFate's popular Hexagram #43 Love I Ching interpretation.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #43

Changes in Line 1

"Stepping With Wise Feet"

I Ching hexagram 43 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

This is not a time to plunge blindly and fervently ahead. Be resolute, but gauge your own strength as you attempt to go forward. Current problems may be a result of not looking where you are stepping

Changes in Line 2

"Keeping Alert"

I Ching hexagram 43 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

This line is a reminder to keep constant vigilance. Step forward while staying aware of any potential threats and any opportunities. Continuously listen for cries of alarm.

Changes in Line 3

"Severing Ties"

I Ching hexagram 43 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Be willing to walk alone if others do not share your cause. If someone does remain by your side who does not share your vision, you must find a way to avoid participation in their negative mindset. Cut yourself off from their negativity by listening to your own positive voice. Turn attention inward, not outward, and you will vanquish problems

Changes in Line 4

"Stepping Out of Inner Conflict"

I Ching hexagram 43 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This could be a time of inner restlessness and feeling cut off from your power. Learn from your mistakes. Current problems can be eradicated by letting go of the feeling of stubbornness.

Changes in Line 5

"Weeding the Garden"

I Ching hexagram 43 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Just as weeds continually rear up again and again, so to do difficult people in your life. This is a time to be resolute in your actions. If you feel it is best to let someone go from your life, do so.

Changes in Line 6

"Not Letting Struggles Stop You"

I Ching hexagram 43 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

If you are not resolved to fully and finally break free of inner strife, this may be a time of misfortune. The wise person walks away from an unhealthy mindset and doesn't let inner struggles stop them from taking their next steps in life.

The 2 Trigrams Inside Hexagram #43

Hexagram #43 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams stacked over and under one another. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #43 make up the trigram for Heaven, while the top 3 lines make up the trigram for Lake.

Vector image of lower trigram Heaven in hexagram #43
Lower Trigram of Heaven
Vector image of upper trigram Lake in hexagram #43
Upper Trigram of Lake

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

Hexagram #43's Lower Trigram of Heaven

Image of hexagram #43 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 #43's Upper Trigram of Lake

Image of hexagram #43 with upper trigram highlighted

The blissful trigram representing the lake symbolizes happiness and clarity of thought and communication. Blissful tranquility is referenced here, along with a sense of calm and devotion. The blissful Lake may also point to a 'third daughter' or the map direction west.

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List of all possible changes for hexagram #43

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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