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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #21

Also called "Jaws Clenched"

I Ching Hexagram #21

Hexagram #21: Fire over Thunder

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NOTE: This is the romance-themed, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #21: "Fire over Thunder".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #21.

I Ching Hexagram #21

Hexagram number 21 may suggest a love relationship that is caught between two powerful opposing forces. For example, this is a time when you may find yourself at a stalemate with someone. Views may be clashing. While this may sound negative, it is important to welcome this. Don't resist it. A new solution will emerge. Opposing perspectives often bring an opportunity for change. The opposing forces may at first appear to be an obstacle to love, but they are a blessing in disguise. Often they cancel each other out are rendered harmless. The challenge will not last long. You have a powerful opportunity at this time to transcend opposing forces and create a newer, deeper love with intimacy, and harmony. A third way may be indicated — as two forces are deadlocked, another third option may appear.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #21

Changes in Line 1

"Feet are Fastened"

I Ching hexagram 21 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

A brief restriction of movement or a time of waiting may be involved. Sit tight. Let your interactions play themselves out. Harmony will return.

Changes in Line 2

"Delicious and Tender"

I Ching hexagram 21 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

Relationship challenges ease quickly at this time. But remember: When an obstruction is weak, it is easy to become carried away by the ease of removing it. Beneath easy tasks, sometimes lurk deeper issues. Go within and be honest with yourself and loving connection will strengthen.

Changes in Line 3

"Difficult to Chew"

I Ching hexagram 21 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

You may have a communication challenge with a special someone right now. Stand your ground and speak your truth. The other person will likely do the same. Eventually, you will both see a larger perspective. Realize there is no right or wrong. There are just opinions. Persistence is recommended.

Changes in Line 4

"Arrows of Steel"

I Ching hexagram 21 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

The obstacles to love and connection on your path seem resistant to all your efforts. Surrender. Examine the obstacles much more carefully. They have weaknesses which you may have overlooked. Persistence is recommended. Opportunities will open.

Changes in Line 5

"Disagreement Gives Way to Togetherness"

I Ching hexagram 21 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Perseverance on the path of love deepens trust and forgiveness. But if disagreements persist, you may need to bring in a neutral mediator. Diplomacy and perseverance are called for.

Changes in Line 6

"Petty Differences"

I Ching hexagram 21 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

It may difficult to set your differences aside with someone right now. For a brief time, you may feel aloof or punished. Someone else may feel like they have the upper hand. Maintain composure. Set your intent on true love. The imbalance won't last.

The 2 Trigrams Within Hexagram #21

Hexagram #21 is composed of two 3-line trigrams layered on top of one another. The lower three lines of hexagram #21 form the trigram for Thunder, while the upper three lines form the trigram for Fire.

Vector image of lower trigram Thunder in hexagram #21
Lower Trigram of Thunder
Vector image of upper trigram Fire in hexagram #21
Upper Trigram of Fire

NOTE: Generally speaking, the upper trigram represents external forces, while the bottom trigram represents internal forces.

Hexagram #21's Lower Trigram of Thunder

Image of hexagram #21 with lower trigram highlighted

The electrifying trigram of thunder resonates with mystery and power. According to ancient Chinese beliefs, thunder is often associated with legends of dragons. the thunder trigram is also known as the "The Arousing" and indicates intent, motion and initiation. The trigram is composed of raw energy and forward movement. Thunder may refer to an 'eldest son' or the compass direction north.

Hexagram #21's Upper Trigram of Fire

Image of hexagram #21 with upper 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.

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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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