Hexagram #22: Mountain over Fire
NOTE: Below is the romance-related, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #22: "Fire below Mountain". Click here for the traditional I Ching meaning of hexagram #22.
Like a lone torch lighting up the darkness, hexagram number 22 symbolizes a spark of love which still burns despite the darkness outside. This spark of love marks the potential for transformation. Communication and love are positively referenced here. Hearts are open, and there is opportunity for emotional connection. Hexagram number 22 carries the promise of attraction and warmth. It's a great time to set your sights on a new relationship or start fresh with your current partner. But it is up to you to take simple actions to let love in. Compassionate speech yields positive results. Let your actions flow naturally. This is a time of grace in your life and heart. Negative situations, and old "dead-end roads" should be avoided.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #22
Changes in Line 1
"Walking on Foot"
Solutions to relationship challenges come by taking responsibility for each step on the path. Speak your truth, but say one thing at a time and say it well. It is possible to receive help and guidance from others, but the wise person overlooks the false and heeds only true guidance.
Changes in Line 2
There is no reason to be overly concerned with outer appearances. Realize that the deepest kind of attraction is beyond the physical. The purest contentment always starts from within.
Changes in Line 3
"Bettering the Situation"
This line indicates good fortune in love will come through persistence. Sober attentiveness will bring good charm to your current situation.
Changes in Line 4
"Honoring White Horses"
Here, the white horse symbolizes simplicity. The mind likes to complicate things. But the heart is simple. In love and romance, remember to keep simplicity in mind and all limitations of space and time will be transcended.
Changes in Line 5
"Seeking the Higher Path"
The wise individual follows the garden path above the weeds of the superficial lowlands. This is a good time to give someone a gift as you leave for higher ground. It will solidify your connection with this person. Realize this gift might not be the material kind. It can be unseen. You have to feel it. Sometimes, the greatest gifts and fortunes cannot be seen.
Changes in Line 6
"Recognizing True Grace"
This line is a reminder that however your love life looks right now, it is perfect as it is. There is nothing to judge. Grace is already yours, throughout the ups and downs. Grace may get clouded, but it resides in the heart and is never lost.
The Trigrams Inside Hexagram #22
I Ching hexagram #22 is made of two 3-line trigrams mounted above one another. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #22 form the trigram for Fire, while the top 3 lines form the trigram for Mountain.
Lower Trigram of Fire
Upper Trigram of Mountain
NOTE: An easy way to think about the two trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram represents external forces, while the lower trigram represents internal forces.
Hexagram #22's Lower Trigram of Fire
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 #22's Upper Trigram of Mountain
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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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.