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The Meaning of Hexagram #62

Also called "Smallness"

I Ching Hexagram #62

Hexagram #62: Thunder over Mountain

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I Ching Hexagram #62

Hexagram number 62 signifies the power of incremental movements and simplicity. Challenges can be overcome by paying great attention to the tiniest details. Reach for the stars, but don't fly too high all at once. This is a time to contemplate things at a smaller scale. Too often we forget the smaller things -- the compliment, the friendly action -- these are more important than ever at this time. There is also a warning carried in hexagram number 62: That a small detail may have been overlooked, or that the greater whole may be effected dramatically by something small and ignored.

NOTE: Want to know how I Ching hexagram #62, "Thunder over Mountain", is interpreted for love and romantic relationship questions? See iFate's popular Love I Ching interpretation for hexagram #62

Changing Lines in Hexagram #62

Changes in Line 1

"Staying in the Nest"

I Ching hexagram 62 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

This line is a reminder not to set out until you have tied up loose ends and are fully fledged. This is a good time to clear clutter or take care of little things you have been avoiding.

Changes in Line 2

"Seeking Guidance"

I Ching hexagram 62 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

The wise person seeks counsel from an elder or more knowledgeable person. Asking for assistance is the first step toward gaining clarity. The rest will emerge.

Changes in Line 3

"Keeping a Look Out"

I Ching hexagram 62 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Use caution at this time. Don't over step your boundaries. Current problems will be minimized by looking before you leap.

Changes in Line 4

"Give Thinking Some Rest"

I Ching hexagram 62 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This is a time to let feeling, not thinking, guide your next move. Get quiet and see what your gut tells you is the next small step. Place the intellect aside. Follow your heart and intuition instead

Changes in Line 5

"Clouds But No Rain"

I Ching hexagram 62 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

The situations you are facing are not nearly as difficult as you have assumed. They are like ominous

Changes in Line 6

"Avoid Flying too High"

I Ching hexagram 62 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

Do not over estimate your abilities or boundaries. Stay close to home. Trust your feelings. Stay with what feels familiar and right

The 2 Trigrams Inside Hexagram #62

I Ching hexagram #62 is made of two 3-line trigrams stacked above each other. The bottom three lines of hexagram #62 make up the trigram for Mountain, while the top three lines make up the trigram for Thunder.

Vector image of lower trigram Mountain in hexagram #62
Lower Trigram of Mountain
Vector image of upper trigram Thunder in hexagram #62
Upper Trigram of Thunder

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

Hexagram #62's Lower Trigram of Mountain

Image of hexagram #62 with lower trigram highlighted

The looming and majestic trigram of the mountain represents stillness and something immobile. The trigram of mountain is powerful, silent and eternal. Simultaneously, its effect is calming and non-combative. The trigram of mountain may also represent a 'third son' or the direction of northeast.

Hexagram #62's Upper Trigram of Thunder

Image of hexagram #62 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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List of all possible changes for hexagram #62

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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