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I Ching Hexagram #23:

Standing Apart

How to interpret "Standing Apart"

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NOTE: This is the "Love I-Ching" interpretation. For standard, non romance-specific I Ching interpretations please return to the reference page here.

This serious hexagram indicates two forces separating and moving apart from one another. Structures crumble down, and what was previously connected is made separate. This may be a time when you need to 'take space' from someone. It may or may not be a time of goodbyes, but it is certainly a time for letting go of old ideas. Let go of the fear of change. A special someone may push your buttons for a while. There is no need to fight what is happening. This is not a time to struggle. Instead, let change happen through surrender. Stay alert and conscious. The wise person sees this as an opportunity to shed outdated ideas about how relationships should be. Trust your feelings and let go of concerns. Love will rebuild itself. Loss will turn to gain. Love sometimes requires distance. Destruction and isolation (either temporary or permanent) must take place for new growth to occur.

Changes in Line 1

"Tolerating Disaster"

This line implies misfortune. If a bed topples over during sleep, all one can do is ride it out. Go easy on yourself if you feel you are in error. There is no blame at this time. Only acceptance.

Changes in Line 2

"Avoiding Danger"

The bed frame is crumbling and the solutions to current relationship challenges have not presented themselves yet. Act if you can, but you may not have the proper foothold or foundation yet.

Changes in Line 3

"Letting Go of Attachment"

This line implies that stability is only apparently lost. But it is not truly gone. If you are getting your sense of stability from another person, think twice about this approach. Stability is found from the ground within you. Steer clear of someone who causes you trouble. Detach and be open to new opportunities.

Changes in Line 4

"Entering Destruction"

Chaos, corruption, and destruction can no longer be warded off. Squabbles and disagreements will be almost impossible to avoid at this point. Let go of those ideas/people/situations that do not serve your good.

Changes in Line 5

"Finding Favor"

This line indicates a successful transformation of obstacles into stepping stones. Someone special in your life will undergo a change and serve to enhance good all around. There will be advantage in every way.

Changes in Line 6

"Beginning Anew"

The slate is clean. Times are good. You partner may become refreshingly helpful or an old flame may return to your world with a new attitude. The destruction has ended and a wonderful road lies ahead.

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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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