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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #10

Also called "Small Steps"

I Ching Hexagram #10

Hexagram #10: Heaven over Lake

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NOTE: This is the romance-related, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #10: "Lake below Heaven".   Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #10.

I Ching Hexagram #10

This simple looking hexagram indicates that you may be about to get involved with something a little risky. There is very little danger if you move in small steps. "Fools rush in". Pay attention to every signal and sign someone gives you and you'll be glad you did. Keep in mind though: Hexagram number 10 isn't telling you to avoid risk. On the contrary, the appearance of hexagram number 10 acknowledges that risk taking can be very exciting. The stage is set for adventure. Enjoy the risk! Flirt with it! Be a tease. But keep your wits about you, and take things slowly. Use your head and you'll be able to transform fear into love and excitement. Incredible things can be sparked by small shifts in attitude. Go ahead and take that step — but make it a small one.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #10

Changes in Line 1

"Play it Safe"

I Ching hexagram 10 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

In matters of the heart, this is not a time to step too far or too fast out of your comfort zone. Stretch yourself, but only one step at a time. The best course of action may be the one which is most typically followed.

Changes in Line 2

"Steady Perseverance Toward Love"

I Ching hexagram 10 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

The path to love is long and difficult. This line indicates that one who quietly focuses on the task at hand will be successful. Being true to oneself is indicated here, along with a warning not to be distracted by a dream

Changes in Line 3

"Seeing with the Heart"

I Ching hexagram 10 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

This line is a reminder that your capacity for love is boundless. You can see most clearly with your heart. Even when love seems curtailed, deep within you is the endless love you seek.

Changes in Line 4

"Apprehension and Caution"

I Ching hexagram 10 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

When the possibility of heartache exists on all sides, the wise man or woman moves cautiously. Stay grounded and go slow. Keep an inner focus to guide yourself on your path. Growth and security will come as the result of careful reflection. Have trust. Love will lead the way.

Changes in Line 5

"Clearing Obstacles to Love"

I Ching hexagram 10 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Small obstacles to love may present themselves at this time. The wise person does not ignore them and moves forward fearlessly. Set your intent to clear the road one stone at a time. To ignore obstacles is to fail. Awareness leads to pure love and truth.

Changes in Line 6

"Enjoying the Journey"

I Ching hexagram 10 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

Opportunities in love arise by enjoying the step you are on. Withdraw attention from the future. One's overall conduct throughout a relationship or the pursuit of one is most important. The highest love comes for the one in which each step of the journey has been honored

The Trigrams Within Hexagram #10

Hexagram #10 is made of two 3-line trigrams layered over and under each other. The bottom three lines of hexagram #10 make up the trigram for Lake, while the top three lines make up the trigram for Heaven.

Vector image of lower trigram Lake in hexagram #10
Lower Trigram of Lake
Vector image of upper trigram Heaven in hexagram #10
Upper Trigram of Heaven

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

Hexagram #10's Lower Trigram of Lake

Image of hexagram #10 with lower trigram highlighted

The serene trigram of the Lake symbolizes happiness and clarity and transparency. Blissful tranquility is referenced in the Lake, along with energies of placidity and peace. The serenity of the Lake may also suggest a 'third-born daughter' or the direction 'west'.

Hexagram #10's Upper Trigram of Heaven

Image of hexagram #10 with upper trigram highlighted

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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