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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #18

Also called "Letting Go"

I Ching Hexagram #18

Hexagram #18: Mountain over Wind

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NOTE: Below is the romantic-themed, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #18: "Mountain over Wind".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #18.

I Ching Hexagram #18

Decay and dissolution are indicated in this somewhat foreboding hexagram, which literally means "Mountain above Wind." Relationships will be under strain at this time. The cold winds have descended from the mountain and are destroying the crops below. You may have to let go of some old limiting ideas in order to resolve difficulties with someone. Weed out negative viewpoints you have that don't cultivate harmony. Set aside judgments of someone by becoming aware of them and then asking for support from a friend. Efforts will be required at first, but in the end, only by surrendering something will you be able to move forward. You cannot control the wind, but you can harness its energy. Time must not be wasted. Go within and let go. Something is holding you back. Consider carefully, and release it from your grasp.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #18

Changes in Line 1

"Absolving your Family"

I Ching hexagram 18 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

A flowering of love is underway. It is fueled by the healing of events that happened long ago. Trust the process. To correct mistakes now one must undo the mistakes of the past. Only then will those who bear the initial blame be redeemed.

Changes in Line 2

"Absolving your Parents"

I Ching hexagram 18 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Current relationship problems are the result of mistakes made in the past, but care must be taken in their correction. Blame is counter

Changes in Line 3

"Absolving yourself"

I Ching hexagram 18 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Current relationship problems are the result of mistakes you made in the past. Don't judge yourself. See clearly how far you've come. Success is indicated.

Changes in Line 4

"Overcoming Mistakes"

I Ching hexagram 18 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This line is a stern warning against repeating the relationship mistakes of the past. If these mistakes are allowed to persist, then love will flounder. Accept change. Step forward into a new way of thinking and living.

Changes in Line 5

"Correcting Parent's Mistakes"

I Ching hexagram 18 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Your family of origin sets a tone for all your future relationships. This is good news because a window of opportunity has opened. This line indicates a successful correction of mistakes made in the past. The path to love is clearing.

Changes in Line 6

"Letting go of Blame"

I Ching hexagram 18 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

Do not blame yourself or anyone else for current relationships difficulties. Instead, let go of the ego's need to be right. Set aside differences. But don't ignore current issues. Bring them into the light. Doors will open.

The 2 Trigrams Inside Hexagram #18

I Ching hexagram #18 is built out of two 3-line trigrams stacked over and under one another. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #18 make up the trigram for Wind, while the upper 3 lines make up the trigram for Mountain.

Vector image of lower trigram Wind in hexagram #18
Lower Trigram of Wind
Vector image of upper trigram Mountain in hexagram #18
Upper Trigram of Mountain

NOTE: A simple way to think about trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram references external energies, and the lower trigram references internal energies.

Hexagram #18's Lower Trigram of Wind

Image of hexagram #18 with lower trigram highlighted

The mild mannered trigram of wind is filled with lightness and gentleness. The wind trigram is known as a 'soft energy': both subtle and lacking in strength, and yet persistent and unwavering. The trigram of wind may also reference an 'elder daughter' or the compass direction of 'southeast'

Hexagram #18's Upper Trigram of Mountain

Image of hexagram #18 with upper 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.

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