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The Meaning of Hexagram #46

Also called "Rising Up"

I Ching Hexagram #46

Hexagram #46: Earth over Wind

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I Ching Hexagram #46

This welcome hexagram symbolizes a lasting elevation in status or well-being. A raise or promotion is very likely to occur at this time. Endeavors will turn out successfully, fires will be put out and chaos will turn to calmness. However, this is not a time to slack off from responsibility. Take actions deliberately. Place one foot in front of the other with solidity and purpose. Stay focused and conscious. Be like the tree trunk that grows strong and steady towards the sky.

NOTE: Want to know how I Ching hexagram #46, "Wind below Earth", can be applied to questions about dating, marriage and romantic issues? See our special Hexagram #46 Love I Ching interpretation.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #46

Changes in Line 1

"Elevating Inside and Out"

I Ching hexagram 46 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

As a new found elevation in status unfolds, the wise person sets their standards higher as well. Raise your standards and goals to new heights, and difficulties will be at a minimum.

Changes in Line 2

"Celebrating the Rise"

I Ching hexagram 46 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Be grateful for all upward motion. You are growing into a higher level of awareness, and soon this will be reflected in your life circumstances. Celebrate, create a sacred ceremony or find a simple way to honor your new position. Let yourself be seen and success will continue to unfold.

Changes in Line 3

"Rising Toward the Empty City"

I Ching hexagram 46 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

The image of an empty city means you are starting from scratch. This is a time to break new ground. Assemble your team and success will be yours.

Changes in Line 4

"Charging Upward"

I Ching hexagram 46 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This line is a reminder of the important job you have ahead of you. If you step forward with the proper preparations, you will find fame and reward.

Changes in Line 5

"Staying Humble"

I Ching hexagram 46 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Don't let success go to your head. There is great value in all that you do, but make sure you don't become arrogant. In work, raising your fee or asking for a raise would be wise, but don't let this diminish the quality of your work

Changes in Line 6

"Staying Aware"

I Ching hexagram 46 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

As your rise continues, stay aware of the power of consistency, fortitude and integrity. Don't stray from your values, and don't let success tarnish your sense of what is right.

The 2 Trigrams Within Hexagram #46

I Ching hexagram #46 is composed of two 3-line trigrams layered on top of one another. The lower three lines of hexagram #46 form the trigram for Wind, while the top three lines form the trigram for Earth.

Vector image of lower trigram Wind in hexagram #46
Lower Trigram of Wind
Vector image of upper trigram Earth in hexagram #46
Upper Trigram of Earth

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

Hexagram #46's Lower Trigram of Wind

Image of hexagram #46 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 #46's Upper Trigram of Earth

Image of hexagram #46 with upper 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

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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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