Hexagram #25: Heaven over Thunder
NOTE: This is the romance-related, Love I Ching interpretation of I Ching Hexagram #25: "Heaven over Thunder". Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #25.
Hexagram number 25 is a reminder that underneath our exterior shells there is still a childlike innocence — a pure inner essence, a light inside. Staying in touch with this essence is what will bring you love. Your innermost nature is curious, free from blame, and always spiritually worthy. Let your inner light shine and nothing will stand in your way of romance and deep connection. This is a time to be self-forgiving for all that you think you have done wrong. Be kind to yourself and a special someone. See the innocent child within. If you want love, be the first to give it. Set aside old wounds. Your deepest and most natural self is not to blame for old wounds. Relationship struggles occur by not knowing what you are underneath the roles that you play. Shed these roles. Be natural and unpretentious. By re-connecting with your innocent, natural purity you will connect with new love.
Changing Lines in Hexagram #25
Changes in Line 1
"Acting with Open
Changes in Line 2
This line is a reminder that every interaction that comprises a relationship is its own destination. Put your attention fully on the person and the event at hand. Progress will come, but it is subject to a whole
Changes in Line 3
Misfortune in romance may come without rhyme or reason at this time. Surrender to it. Don't fight the fight. There is a window of opportunity here. Attempting to live completely free of relationship challenges is a trap. Learning to embrace and see such challenges as your teachers is real freedom.
Changes in Line 4
There may be someone who casts a shadow over your romantic life at this time. It is likely someone from your family. Whoever they are, their opinion has weighed down your heart. This line is a reminder to draw a line in the sand. Don't buy in to opinions of fools. Gossip only hurts when you've lost touch with your inner knowing.
Changes in Line 5
"Fighting Leads to Problems"
Don't fight with anyone at this time. Lay down your weapons. If a special someone judges you, realize their opinion won't last. Problems dissolve when they are not fought. Shift your attention into what is already perfect: your true gold self.
Changes in Line 6
In matters of the heart, there is no need to act at this time. The time is not yet ripe. Just watch and observe. Stay put for a few days. Count your blessings. Have faith.
The Trigrams Inside Hexagram #25
Hexagram #25 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams stacked on top of each other. The bottom three lines of hexagram #25 form the trigram for Thunder, while the top three lines form the trigram for Heaven.
Lower Trigram of Thunder
Upper Trigram of Heaven
NOTE: Generally speaking, the upper trigram points to external forces, while the bottom trigram points to internal forces.
Hexagram #25's Lower Trigram of Thunder
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 #25's Upper Trigram of Heaven
The elegant trigram of Heaven is also referred to as the the Creative. It symbolizes raw, perfect creative energy. The pure trigram of Heaven is a representation of power and pure truth. It may also indicate a father figure — or the compass direction northwest.
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