Hexagram #1: Heaven over Heaven
NOTE: This is the romantic-themed, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #1: "Heaven over Heaven". Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #1.
Prepare yourself for an infusion of love to permeate your life. The "Heaven" hexagram signifies the ultimate loving force. Hexagram number 1, formed of six unbroken lines, signifies the purest form of love and positive energy. Remember though, that grace and love come from unexpected directions. Love is an expression of pure truth and has a strength that exceeds all worldly, physical, and immediate concerns. With this positive hexagram comes a reminder to look past the physical and perceive that which is pure. A time of profound thought and conscious creation is indicated.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #1
Changes in Line 1
"Hidden Dragons. Stay put."
Have patience in matters of the heart. There is a time for action and a time for mature patience. Now is a time for a cautious pause. If a special someone is causing stress, just ride the situation out. The challenge will soon pass.
Changes in Line 2
"Soaring to New Heights"
Don't seek your worth from a special someone. Cultivate an inner sense of purpose and value, and you will reach great heights of spiritual love.
Changes in Line 3
"Speaking with Fortitude"
This line is a reminder to communicate your bottom line needs and principles with another. Clear communication requires focus and a strong wellspring of energy. Don't let someone trample over you. Good communication will foster deep intimacy at this time.
Changes in Line 4
"The Dragon Soars up from the Depths"
When a challenge of the heart arises, you have a choice as to how you react. You can fight the dragon or find a way to make it an ally. Lay down your weapons. Your compassionate response at this time will have profound effects on future relationships.
Changes in Line 5
"The Dragon Flies through the Skies"
Destiny is a powerful force. All things are either drawn toward love or away from it. Each thing follows its own kind. Some things are just meant to be, others are not. The great dragon has achieved its rightful place.
Changes in Line 6
"Great Boundaries are Broken"
In this line we see the great dragon (a powerful force for energy and devotion) going too far. Perhaps you've become overbearing or intruded upon someone you love? Or perhaps someone has done this to you? There is a difference between what can be achieved and what should be achieved. Some lines should not be crossed.
The Two Trigrams Within Hexagram #1
I Ching hexagram #1 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams mounted over and under one another. The bottom three lines of hexagram #1 form the trigram for Heaven, while the top three lines form the trigram for Heaven.
Lower Trigram of Heaven
Upper Trigram of Heaven
NOTE: A simple way to think about trigrams is that the upper trigram symbolizes external energies, while the lower trigram symbolizes internal energies.
In the case of hexagram #1, the upper and lower trigrams are identical. Remember however, that one trigram can point to subtely different meanings in the upper and bottom positions.
Hexagram #1's Upper and Lower Trigrams of Heaven
The elegant trigram of Heaven is also referred to as the the Creative. It symbolizes raw, perfect creative energy. The pure trigram of Heaven is a representation of power and pure truth. It may also indicate a father figure — or the compass direction northwest.
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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.