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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #11

Also called "Peace In The Heart"

I Ching Hexagram #11

Hexagram #11: Earth over Heaven

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NOTE: This is the romance-related, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #11: "Heaven below Earth".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #11.

I Ching Hexagram #11

This powerful hexagram, which in its most literal sense means "Heaven supporting the Earth" is an indication of peace and spiritual love. This is a sign of prosperity, intimacy, and success. Heaven and the Earth are in spiritual contact at this time, and a harmony exists between them. This dynamic is a reflection of what is going on inside you. The spiritual and the physical are in sync. While your natural attractiveness may make you hard to resist right now, the increase in attention might feel overwhelming — and could even seem intrusive at some point. Relationship challenges at this time can be reduced by keeping your focus inside yourself, on the peace in your heart and on your own positive qualities. Activities which combine mental and physical activity are positively referenced here. On the other hand, something purely physical (or purely mental) will seem obviously "shallow" at this time.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #11

Changes in Line 1

"When Grass is Uprooted, Other Plants Follow"

I Ching hexagram 11 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

This line reminds us that forces that affect one person, also affect surrounding people. Little things you do will affect someone else in big ways at this time. Another way of saying this is: "A rising tide lifts all ships". Being a positive role model will improve your relationships.

Changes in Line 2

"Be a Beacon to Others"

I Ching hexagram 11 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Your search for love will soon end. But it is important to commit to brightening the lives of all those who have not shared in your success. Be of services to others and you will achieve even greater love and enlightenment.

Changes in Line 3

"Avoiding Traps of Superficial Love"

I Ching hexagram 11 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

This line is a reminder that even in times of deep love with another, one must remember to be conscious of one's self. Love yourself. The inherent love in your heart is more important than the facades of outer success, for one's nature goes with one at all times.

Changes in Line 4

"Avoid Arrogance"

I Ching hexagram 11 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

You will be rather lucky in love at this time, but you are strongly advised not to boast about your success. Those who boast may be reminded harshly that arrogance breeds dissonance.

Changes in Line 5

"Focus on What You Want"

I Ching hexagram 11 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Overall, this is a time of happiness, harmony and success in matters of love. But stay mindful. Focus on what you want, not on lack. Such focus will prevent loss, sadness and heartbreak. One who treats success as if it "should" happen will be reminded that sometimes it does not.

Changes in Line 6

"The Castle Wall Tumbles to the Moat"

I Ching hexagram 11 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

This line suggests that your journey toward peace and deep love may suffer a setback. That which was depended upon, may now be leaving rapidly. As love disappears temporarily, there is great opportunity here. Make note of who and what is truly important. Stay the course and you will be rewarded.

The Two Trigrams Within Hexagram #11

Hexagram #11 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams stacked on top of each other. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #11 make up the trigram for Heaven, while the upper 3 lines make up the trigram for Earth.

Vector image of lower trigram Heaven in hexagram #11
Lower Trigram of Heaven
Vector image of upper trigram Earth in hexagram #11
Upper Trigram of Earth

NOTE: Generally speaking, the hexagram's upper trigram symbolizes external forces, and the lower trigram symbolizes internal forces.

Hexagram #11's Lower Trigram of Heaven

Image of hexagram #11 with lower 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.

Hexagram #11's Upper Trigram of Earth

Image of hexagram #11 with upper trigram highlighted

The evenly split trigram of Earth is also referred to as the trigram of the Receptive. Its characteristic traits are a loving devotion and a resilient bowing to applied energies. It may also represent 'motherhood' or powerful feminine energies. The unbroken lines of the hexagram of Earth may also reference the direction 'southwest'

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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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