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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #23

Also called "Standing Apart"

I Ching Hexagram #23

Hexagram #23: Mountain over Earth

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NOTE: This is the romance-themed, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #23: "Earth below Mountain".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #23.

I Ching Hexagram #23

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 The wise person sees this as an opportunity to shed outdated ideas about how relationships should be.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.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #23

Changes in Line 1

"Tolerating Disaster"

I Ching hexagram 23 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

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"

I Ching hexagram 23 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

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"

I Ching hexagram 23 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

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"

I Ching hexagram 23 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

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"

I Ching hexagram 23 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

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"

I Ching hexagram 23 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

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.

The Trigrams Inside Hexagram #23

Hexagram #23 is built out of two 3-line trigrams stacked above one another. The bottom three lines of hexagram #23 form the trigram for Earth, while the upper three lines form the trigram for Mountain.

Vector image of lower trigram Earth in hexagram #23
Lower Trigram of Earth
Vector image of upper trigram Mountain in hexagram #23
Upper Trigram of Mountain

NOTE: A simple way to think about trigrams is that the hexagram's upper trigram references external forces, while the bottom trigram references internal forces.

Hexagram #23's Lower Trigram of Earth

Image of hexagram #23 with lower 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'

Hexagram #23's Upper Trigram of Mountain

Image of hexagram #23 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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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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