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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #26

Also called "Great Love and Inner Wisdom"

I Ching Hexagram #26

Hexagram #26: Mountain over Heaven

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NOTE: This is the romance-oriented, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #26: "Heaven below Mountain".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #26.

I Ching Hexagram #26

This vital hexagram symbolizes a time of compassion, love, and heightened intuition. You have crossed the rapids and are in a good place, however, you must keep your focus on what you truly desire. Hexagram number 26 carries with it a strong reminder to remain focused on inner wisdom. If you are in a relationship, don't be swayed by your partner's shifting viewpoints. If you are single, don't listen to anyone else's ideas of what is right for you. Stay focused upon your inner voice and you will achieve a higher love. Don't become distracted by luxury and leisure. A time of warmth, affection, and increased wellbeing are indicated here, but you must keep your footing despite some strong currents tugging at you. Put your ideas/projects into motion. Cross the waters without apprehension. You know the path, and have always known it. Others may not.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #26

Changes in Line 1

"Accepting Obstacles"

I Ching hexagram 26 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

If your efforts to find love are blocked, keep your composure. Calmly set your sights right through all obstacles. You get what you concentrate on. If you focus your sights beyond the difficulties, you will clear all obstructions. Love will expand.

Changes in Line 2

"Blocked Passages"

I Ching hexagram 26 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

You are at a standstill. Be content with waiting. The wise person 'fixes their cart' while they are waiting, and thus prepares for inevitable progress toward love and prosperity.

Changes in Line 3

"Doors Opening"

I Ching hexagram 26 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

An opportunity for romance opens at this time. With reins held steadily, ride upon your steed through the open gateway. But keep your focus and stay aware of anything that could turn into an obstacle.

Changes in Line 4

"Restraint Builds Power"

I Ching hexagram 26 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

This line suggests that holding back at this time will fuel a build

Changes in Line 5

"Combating Foes Indirectly"

I Ching hexagram 26 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

Leave a trouble maker alone and he or she will naturally stop causing trouble on their own accord. This line is a reminder to place your attention in positive directions and current relationship problems will dissolve effortlessly. This strategy fosters true love because it comes from true strength, not weakness.

Changes in Line 6

"Accepting the Noble Destiny"

I Ching hexagram 26 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

Congratulations are in order! You are one of the chosen ones. Your luck in love will set a positive example for others. Become a leader of leaders.

The 2 Trigrams Within Hexagram #26

I Ching hexagram #26 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams mounted on top of one another. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #26 make up the trigram for Heaven, while the top 3 lines make up the trigram for Mountain.

Vector image of lower trigram Heaven in hexagram #26
Lower Trigram of Heaven
Vector image of upper trigram Mountain in hexagram #26
Upper Trigram of Mountain

NOTE: A simple way to think about trigrams is that the upper trigram points to external forces or energies, while the bottom trigram points to internal forces or energies.

Hexagram #26's Lower Trigram of Heaven

Image of hexagram #26 with lower trigram highlighted

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.

Hexagram #26's Upper Trigram of Mountain

Image of hexagram #26 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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