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The Meaning of Hexagram #50

Also called "The Cauldron"

I Ching Hexagram #50

Hexagram #50: Fire over Wind

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I Ching Hexagram #50

Hexagram number 50 symbolizes a rich cauldron of vitality and nourishment. It is an indication of supreme good fortune and an indication that your mind, body and soul will be well taken care of. The caldron is a container for your hopes, dreams and prayers. It is like a spiritual vessel that stores and then carries your dreams to fruition. Any apparent obstacles in your way will dissolve or be altered in such a way that they then act to propel your endeavors forward. But remember that you are what you consume. Good things come from good thoughts and energies.

NOTE: Want to know how I Ching hexagram #50, "Fire over Wind", can be applied to love and romantic relationship questions? See our special Hexagram #50 Love I Ching interpretation.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #50

Changes in Line 1

"Overturning the Cauldron"

I Ching hexagram 50 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

This will be a time where you easily let go of everything you no longer need. You will rid yourself, your organization and your life of old ideas that no longer serve you. Tip over the cauldron and receive anew all that is fresh and alive.

Changes in Line 2

"A Filled Cauldron"

I Ching hexagram 50 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Your life will become filled with helpful and capable people. Ignore those who are envious of your achievements. Their opinions are small and insignificant and they cannot touch the deep sense of certainty you will have going forward.

Changes in Line 3

"The Cauldron's Handle Snaps"

I Ching hexagram 50 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

This line is a reminder to be patient and not get overly frustrated when small problems arise. Ride out the rough spots and soon you will be sailing on once again.

Changes in Line 4

"The Cauldron's Leg Breaks"

I Ching hexagram 50 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This line implies a setback. Take a breather and reevaluate the situation. This is a time to start over or receive support. With clear intentions you will avoid being disgraced

Changes in Line 5

"Bright Golden Handles"

I Ching hexagram 50 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Here, the cauldron's old handles have been replaced by beautiful new handles, signifying that the right helpers are gathering together at this time. Expect continued success

Changes in Line 6

"Decorated with Jade"

I Ching hexagram 50 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

A cauldron decorated with jade means good fortune. Your work, health, friendships and family relations will come into greater harmony.

The Two Trigrams Within Hexagram #50

I Ching hexagram #50 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams mounted over and under each other. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #50 form the trigram for Wind, while the top 3 lines form the trigram for Fire.

Vector image of lower trigram Wind in hexagram #50
Lower Trigram of Wind
Vector image of upper trigram Fire in hexagram #50
Upper Trigram of Fire

NOTE: An easy way to think about the two trigrams is that the upper trigram references external energies, while the bottom trigram references internal energies.

Hexagram #50's Lower Trigram of Wind

Image of hexagram #50 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 #50's Upper Trigram of Fire

Image of hexagram #50 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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