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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #13

Also called "Fellowship"

I Ching Hexagram #13

Hexagram #13: Heaven over Fire

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NOTE: Below is the romantic-themed, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #13: "Heaven over Fire".   Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #13.

I Ching Hexagram #13

Your love relationships will flourish if you focus on friends and community right now. A social framework is the key issue in this complex hexagram, which references groups of friends and the ties that bind them. This would be a great time to organize a party, attend a class, join a cause, or attend a gathering. A special focus on social structure is positively indicated here — and through socializing, answers will be found. Trust is important here, but also a willingness to put others before oneself. With fellowship, comes responsibility to the whole. Community fosters loving relationships. Through fellowship and friends not only comes emotional sustenance -- but an interesting possibility, and a promise of something special.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #13

Changes in Line 1

"Guards at the Gate"

I Ching hexagram 13 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

This line represents the beginning of a new fellowship. The "guards at the gate" represent those who will soon be trusted allies. Secrets and secret agendas bring disconnection at this time. Openness and friendliness bring success.

Changes in Line 2

"Fellowship within the Fellowship"

I Ching hexagram 13 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

This line is a warning against creating factions within existing groups. Treat all those in your circle with fairness. If a special someone has a friend you do not care for, you would be wise to surrender your judgment of this person. To fracture a group is to bring bad luck not only on oneself but on the entire group as a whole.

Changes in Line 3

"Lay Down Your Weapons"

I Ching hexagram 13 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Someone may annoy you at this time. Don't fight back. Trust and honest communication will set things straight.

Changes in Line 4

"Upon the Ledge"

I Ching hexagram 13 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

Your heart is vulnerable at this time. The way to protect it is to look deep within yourself. Don't look for approval or a savior. Only calm meditation will get you through.

Changes in Line 5

"Communion and Reunion"

I Ching hexagram 13 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

A bad relationship will soon turn to good. Or a long lost flame may re

Changes in Line 6

"Walk in the Meadow"

I Ching hexagram 13 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

There comes a time when one must take a break from another person. Take a walk alone. Sip some tea. Go out for dinner by yourself. Your head will clear. Short

The Trigrams Inside Hexagram #13

I Ching hexagram #13 is composed of two 3-line trigrams mounted above one another. The lower three lines of hexagram #13 make up the trigram for Fire, while the top three lines make up the trigram for Heaven.

Vector image of lower trigram Fire in hexagram #13
Lower Trigram of Fire
Vector image of upper trigram Heaven in hexagram #13
Upper Trigram of Heaven

NOTE: In general terms, the upper trigram references external forces or energies, and the lower trigram references internal forces or energies.

Hexagram #13's Lower Trigram of Fire

Image of hexagram #13 with lower trigram highlighted

The life-giving trigram of fire is sometimes known by its more classical names, Dependence or Attachment. The trigram of fire is a building-block representing illumination and something that is both adapted and a source of warmth and security. The fire trigram may reference a 'second daughter' or the map direction of south.

Hexagram #13's Upper Trigram of Heaven

Image of hexagram #13 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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