How to interpret "Fellowship"
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.
Changes in Line 1
"Guards at the Gate"
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"
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"
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"
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"
A bad relationship will soon turn to good. Or a long lost flame may re
Changes in Line 6
"Walk in the Meadow"
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
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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.