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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #15

Also called "Modesty and Progress"

I Ching Hexagram #15

Hexagram #15: Earth over Mountain

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NOTE: This is the romance-related, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #15: "Mountain below Earth".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #15.

I Ching Hexagram #15

Hexagram number 15 symbolizes the two complex concepts of modesty and progress. The suggestion here is that the highest love can best be accomplished through a modest, albeit slow approach. Self promotion or boasting are seen as definite negatives here, and hexagram number 15 often serves as a warning against these possibilities. Be yourself. Don't flaunt your achievements or hide your flaws. Be loved for who you are. Trust your innate goodness. It will be noticed, but you have to let yourself be seen in a true light. Share yourself and speak your truth with quiet composure. Actions will speak far louder than self-serving words. Feigning knowledge brings misfortune. Authenticity brings open-hearted connection. Through humility comes forward movement.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #15

Changes in Line 1

"Modest about modesty"

I Ching hexagram 15 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

This line is a reminder that modesty is not something that can itself be shown

Changes in Line 2

"Humility is Recognized"

I Ching hexagram 15 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

One cannot promote one's own humility, or brag about one's own modesty

Changes in Line 3

"Merit Acknowledged"

I Ching hexagram 15 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

This line is an indication that merit is being publicly acknowledged. A special someone will either verbally or silently compliment you at this time. Be grateful to be seen and accepted, but stay humble.

Changes in Line 4

"Be Truly Modest"

I Ching hexagram 15 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

While modesty is important, it is possible for modesty to mask other motives. A lack of ambition or laziness often hides behind the mask of "modesty." Don't fool yourself or a special someone with falsity. True modesty is accompanied by hard work and accurate self perception.

Changes in Line 5

"Avoid Flaunting"

I Ching hexagram 15 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

You will be lucky in love at this time, but don't flaunt it or boast about it, or else your good fortune will crumble.

Changes in Line 6

"Modesty and Appreciation Draw Love In"

I Ching hexagram 15 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

With modesty, love follows. Someone is likely to do something that pleasantly surprises you. Immediate action must follow. Show your appreciation for this person in no uncertain terms.

The Two Trigrams Inside Hexagram #15

I Ching hexagram #15 is built out of two 3-line trigrams stacked over and under each other. The lower three lines of hexagram #15 make up the trigram for Mountain, while the upper three lines make up the trigram for Earth.

Vector image of lower trigram Mountain in hexagram #15
Lower Trigram of Mountain
Vector image of upper trigram Earth in hexagram #15
Upper Trigram of Earth

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

Hexagram #15's Lower Trigram of Mountain

Image of hexagram #15 with lower trigram highlighted

The silent and majestic trigram for mountain represents both stillness and something permanent. The mountain is full of might, silent and unchanging. Simultaneously, its effect is calming and non-combative. The mountain trigram may also reference a 'third-born son' or the map direction of northeast.

Hexagram #15's Upper Trigram of Earth

Image of hexagram #15 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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