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The Meaning of Hexagram #49

Also called "Transformation"

I Ching Hexagram #49

Hexagram #49: Lake over Fire

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I Ching Hexagram #49

Hexagram number 49 implies a time of great change. It is important to remember that there will be no mistakes made at this time. Change is what happens -- not just what is intended. This is a time of shedding the old and seeing with fresh eyes. A geographic move may be referenced here. This could also be a time of new employment, new understandings or new solutions. You may find yourself undergoing an inner transformation, where you de-throne old attitudes that no longer serve your vision. Let events happen. Change will wash over you like water.

NOTE: Looking for answers about how I Ching hexagram #49, "Fire below Lake", is interpreted for love and romantic relationship questions? See our special Hexagram #49 Love I Ching interpretation.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #49

Changes in Line 1

"Choosing Good Hide"

I Ching hexagram 49 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

In order for change to be successful, the components used to bring it about must be of the highest quality. Search for the best hide

Changes in Line 2

"The Power of the Present Moment"

I Ching hexagram 49 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

The time is ripe for change to occur. Take your ideas and dreams off the shelf and take action on them. The Universe will conspire to make them come true.

Changes in Line 3

"Overcoming Rejection"

I Ching hexagram 49 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

New attempts at change may meet with some resistance at this time. Push forward. Persistence will pay off in the end. The wise person will use rejection as a motivator. Use it to help overthrow your doubts and fuel your passion

Changes in Line 4

"Transforming through Truth"

I Ching hexagram 49 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

The shifts and changes you are seeking will not come about through petty motives or weak convictions. Stand tall and connect with a strong but quiet inner truth, and your plans will unfold successfully

Changes in Line 5

"Changing Like a Tiger"

I Ching hexagram 49 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

In this case, positive change comes from your own prowess. You need not consult an oracle or advisor.

Changes in Line 6

"Avoiding the Panther"

I Ching hexagram 49 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

In this line, the panther represents an uninvited lurker: A person who attempts to sabotage the changes you are trying to make. Proceed at full speed and shadowy forces and obstacles will be overcome.

The Two Trigrams Within Hexagram #49

I Ching hexagram #49 is built out of two 3-line trigrams stacked on top of each other. The bottom three lines of hexagram #49 make up the trigram for Fire, while the top three lines make up the trigram for Lake.

Vector image of lower trigram Fire in hexagram #49
Lower Trigram of Fire
Vector image of upper trigram Lake in hexagram #49
Upper Trigram of Lake

NOTE: In general terms, the upper trigram references external energies, while the lower trigram references internal energies.

Hexagram #49's Lower Trigram of Fire

Image of hexagram #49 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 #49's Upper Trigram of Lake

Image of hexagram #49 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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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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