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Love Interpretation of Hexagram #28

Also called "Test Of Faith"

I Ching Hexagram #28

Hexagram #28: Lake over Wind

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NOTE: This is the romance-oriented, Love I Ching version of I Ching Hexagram #28: "Lake over Wind".   Click here for the classic I Ching meaning of hexagram #28.

I Ching Hexagram #28

A special someone is likely to push your buttons at this time. But nothing is as it appears. A test of faith and heart is indicated here. When walking across a thin and bending beam, one must have faith that it will hold. Hexagram number 28 is a reminder to not bend under the weight of burdens or judgment from others. This is a time for reflection. This is a time to examine closely one's own personal philosophy of love. Does your idea of love hold truth? Or is it like a cup with holes in it? Put your faith in what's real about love. Only through letting go of false, outdated ideas and embracing the truth can pure love be attained. A gentle strength is required here to separate myth from reality. If you find that you cannot — then you must let your heart be the guide.

Changing Lines in Hexagram #28

Changes in Line 1

"Strengthening the Foundation"

I Ching hexagram 28 shown with changing-line #1 highlighted

The wise person takes the time to lay a firm base on the ground before they act. This is not a time to enter a new relationship. Wait a few weeks. Cultivate inner sincerity and good intentions. Be humble and then you will succeed.

Changes in Line 2

"Fertile Ground"

I Ching hexagram 28 shown with changing-line #2 highlighted

This line is a reminder that new growth is coming. You will soon cultivate a new relationship or enter a new phase with your current partner. Embrace newness and you will overcome any obstacle.

Changes in Line 3

"Being Careful"

I Ching hexagram 28 shown with changing-line #3 highlighted

Be careful not to step on someone's toes at this time. A special someone will be extra sensitive to your words. Speak consciously. If the load one carries is heavy and the pole one walks upon is bending, a fall could happen. The wise individual will seek help before an argument erupts.

Changes in Line 4

"Recovering Balance"

I Ching hexagram 28 shown with changing-line #4 highlighted

The pole you are walking on is strengthened. This is good fortune! Love will step directly onto your path. But keep a level head. You are still precariously perched. If you accept support from those around you, you will master this challenge

Changes in Line 5

"Dissolving Hierarchies"

I Ching hexagram 28 shown with changing-line #5 highlighted

This line is a reminder to embrace all ranks, levels and conditions. You are inherently no better and no worse than your partner. We all have foibles, they just show up differently. See the equality in those that may seem lower than you. Be humble and you will create loving connection.

Changes in Line 6

"Trusting the Unseen"

I Ching hexagram 28 shown with changing-line #6 highlighted

Someone loves you and is thinking of you. You have a secret admirer. With fearlessness and persistence you will soon enter into the deepest loving bond. This is not a path for the meek. Though it may feel like you are drowning at times, keep yourself afloat with pure trust.

The 2 Trigrams Inside Hexagram #28

Hexagram #28 is structured out of two 3-line trigrams stacked above one another. The bottom 3 lines of hexagram #28 make up the trigram for Wind, while the upper 3 lines make up the trigram for Lake.

Vector image of lower trigram Wind in hexagram #28
Lower Trigram of Wind
Vector image of upper trigram Lake in hexagram #28
Upper Trigram of Lake

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

Hexagram #28's Lower Trigram of Wind

Image of hexagram #28 with lower trigram highlighted

The mild mannered trigram of wind is filled with lightness and gentleness. The wind trigram is known as a 'soft energy': both subtle and lacking in strength, and yet persistent and unwavering. The trigram of wind may also reference an 'elder daughter' or the compass direction of 'southeast'

Hexagram #28's Upper Trigram of Lake

Image of hexagram #28 with upper trigram highlighted

The serene trigram of the Lake symbolizes happiness and clarity and transparency. Blissful tranquility is referenced in the Lake, along with energies of placidity and peace. The serenity of the Lake may also suggest a 'third-born daughter' or the direction 'west'.

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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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