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The Meaning of Hexagram #54

Also called "Disaffection"

I Ching Hexagram #54

Hexagram #54: Thunder over Lake

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I Ching Hexagram #54

Hexagram number 54 indicates growing distances from one's romantic partners or comrades. But simultaneously it shines light on the path back to romance and love: Kindness and communication. Kindness and communication are the unifying forces in the world. You will be given the opportunity to direct your affection toward someone you previously distanced yourself from, and so re-create a stronger bond with them. Another indication here is that of exclusion from a larger circle of friends -- be conscious of your connections with others at this time. Move forward with integrity and don't form relationships out of convenience or formality.

NOTE: Wondering how I Ching hexagram #54, "Lake below Thunder", can be applied to questions about dating, marriage and romantic issues? See our special Hexagram #54 Love I Ching interpretation.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #54

Changes in Line 1

"Easing Forward"

I Ching hexagram 54 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

This is a time to fade into the woodwork. Don't try to come between another couple or partnership. In business, this is not the time to form a strategic alliance. Walk forward slowly and with sensitivity.

Changes in Line 2

"Avoid Seeing out of One Eye"

I Ching hexagram 54 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Current problems can be reduced by seeing the full picture and by working together. Maintain loyalty to your friends and relatives. This can help you through any difficult situations

Changes in Line 3

"Holding Your Head High"

I Ching hexagram 54 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

This line is a reminder to make the best of things. Be humble. Let go of all subconscious jealously. The grass is green everywhere. The wise person celebrates other's good fortune in matters of romance and business.

Changes in Line 4

"Good May be Delayed"

I Ching hexagram 54 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

Like a marriage ceremony that gets delayed until another date, you may experience a momentary pause on your path. Nothing has gone wrong. Be patient. Rest assured you are on the right track. Deeper solutions will come in time.

Changes in Line 5

"Approaching the Full Moon"

I Ching hexagram 54 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

This line is a sign of good fortune. You will easily adapt to a new situation, business venture or relationship.

Changes in Line 6

"Filling an Empty Basket"

I Ching hexagram 54 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

This could be a challenging time, particularly in relationships. The empty basket suggests loneliness. The solution lies in filling the basket with kindness and affection. Fill yourself with the sweetness of fruit, and soon you will feel better.

The Trigrams Inside Hexagram #54

I Ching hexagram #54 is composed of two 3-line trigrams stacked above each other. The lower 3 lines of hexagram #54 make up the trigram for Lake, while the top 3 lines make up the trigram for Thunder.

Vector image of lower trigram Lake in hexagram #54
Lower Trigram of Lake
Vector image of upper trigram Thunder in hexagram #54
Upper Trigram of Thunder

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

Hexagram #54's Lower Trigram of Lake

Image of hexagram #54 with lower 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.

Hexagram #54's Upper Trigram of Thunder

Image of hexagram #54 with upper trigram highlighted

The enigmatic trigram representing thunder is an energetic mix of power and mystery. According to Chinese lore, thunder is often associated with the might and mystery of dragons. The trigram of thunder is also called the "The Arousing" and points to intent, motion and initiative. It is a building block of unbridled energy and forward progress. It may also refer to an 'eldest son' or the map direction north.

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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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